Well! Today, we introduce to you the 6 of the coolest sneakers of 2017 (so far).
1. REEBOK PUMP SUPREME “JACQUARD TAPE”
One of the most exciting aspects of the glut of collaborations in recent years is that it’s resurfaced forgotten silhouettes as collaborators look to create something special. Reebok’s Pump Supreme was thrown back into the popular spotlight thanks to a collaboration with Vetements, but this week you can grab an inline pair that likely would have never reached the market without the earlier collab. The sneaker is mostly mesh and gets its structure from a zig-zag pumpable air bubble. These are truly something different.
2. ADIDAS PURE BOOST 2.0
The revamped Pure Boost is Adidas’ latest foray into blending street sensibilities with running technology, making for a sneaker that bridges those two worlds. It hasn’t inspired the same passion and fervor as the Ultra Boost and NMD (yet), but early adopters have certainly taken a shine to it. There are at least five colorways dropping this week, making this a sneaker that’s already hard to keep track of.
3. PUMA X EN NOIR CLYDE
On the other side of the spectrum is En Noir’s riff on the Clyde, one of Puma’s earliest silhouettes. En Noir uses a light touch on this model, opting for a minimalist approach with black nubuck from tongue to toe. The tongue is unlined, with the En Noir logo printed at the top in tonal black with a little bit of shine. If you’re looking for an understated sneaker, this is the one for you.
4. PUMA X EN NOIR IGNITE EVOKNIT
Rob Garcia has pulled the throttle to the max with En Noir’s latest projects, and the recently revived brand’s Puma collaboration is no exception. The Ignite EvoKnit that En Noir created with Puma utilizes a custom rubberized patterned upper on an entirely blacked-out look. It’s a play of texture and graphics on one of Puma’s latest silhouettes, bringing a classic take to a new sneaker.
5. AIR JORDAN 4 “ROYALTY”
Sometimes elegance is simplicity. The Air Jordan 4 “Royalty” isn’t making any huge innovations in design, but it’s an instant classic. An upper comprised almost entirely of black suede sits on top of a black mudguard and white sole. What elevates the sneaker is hits of gold on the lacing system, tongue logo, and in the air bubble at the heel. These are supremely wearable and will be in the style conversation for years.
6. ADIDAS X BAPE X NEIGHBORHOOD SUPERSTAR BOOST
We’re not going to lie: These sneakers are a heavy lift for most people. The Superstar Boost is something that we’re expecting to see a lot more of, but it’s definitely not for everyone. The front of the sneaker is traditional enough with the classic shell toe, but as you move back, Boost technology is bursting out the sides of the sole at the arches. By the time you get to the throat the sneaker has given way to a Primeknit upper. If there’s any ambassador to introduce this silhouette, we leave it to BAPE and Neighborhood—but we also know not all of you are going to love it.