Where the hell did the time go? It seems like just last week we were rounding up the best sneakers of 2017, and now, we’re already at the end of summer. That being said, we’ve had a serious amount of heat hit the market in the past eight months, and to commemorate these fire sneakers, we’ve handpicked a selection of shoes that have made the biggest impact on the industry so far this year.
Continuing the blistering hype of last year’s iconic “THE TEN” collaboration, the coveted Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘White’ is constructed of leather and mesh on the upper, accompanied with deconstructed Swooshes and blue threading, as well as the iconic “AIR” branding on the midsole. Dropping at the start of March, the shoe has quickly become the holy grail for many sneakerheads, and we really don’t blame them.
Trends are such strange things, aren’t they? One minute, something can be old and dated, and just a few minutes later, they’re the biggest fashion statement of the year. Whether you like it or not, the dad shoe trend is here to stay, and the adidas Yeezy 500 ‘Blush’ is heading the movement. Constructed of a combination of mesh, suede, and leather, the shoe sits on top of an adiprene midsole for extra comfort. Weird but wonderful, the ‘Blush’ was one of the best summer shoes of 2018.
Without a shadow of a doubt, the jewel of this year’s Air Max Day celebrations was undeniably the Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 97/1. Heavily inspired by the mix and match aesthetics of thrift stores, the Air Max 97/1 mixes the uppers of the Air Max 97 with the Air Max 1 done in textured corduroy, with a pure white midsole breaking up the multicoloured look found on the outsole. Resale is absolutely insane for these at the moment, so if you copped for retail, you’ve pretty much won the lottery.
Revealed back in February, the adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 ‘Butter’ kicked off Yeezy Season with a bang. Buttery smooth, these clean creps boast an ecru coloured Primeknit upper and sit atop a uniquely shaped midsole which houses a bed of Boost for additional comfort and a smoother stride. A complementary heel tab and laces round off the clean design. Definitely one of the hottest sneakers of the year, the ‘Butter’ proves that the 350 V2 silhouette is still as sought after as ever.
Paying homage to the former NFL team of Travis Scott’s hometown of Houston, the Oilers, the Travis Scott x Nike Air Jordan 4 ‘Cactus Jack’ features a ‘University Blue’ suede upper, while black accents grace the rest of the features commonly seen on the AJ7. ‘Cactus Jack’ branding makes its way onto the hang tag and heel tab, normally reserved for the signature Jumpman, and a silver Jumpman logo on the tongue perfectly complements the speckled wing tabs and heel counter. A contemporary take on a classic silhouette, resale for these shot up upon release.
Inspired by Holi, a day in Hindu traditions when good vibes and bright colours literally overpower the physical plane, the Pharrell Williams x adidas NMD Hu ‘Blank Canvas’ is by far the rarest sneaker to drop as part of the highly sought after ‘Holi’ pack. Featuring an ultra clean colour palette, white Primeknit dresses the upper of the shoe, while a Boost midsole sits underfoot for added comfort. If you’re searching for the perfect shoe to rock this summer, look no further than the ‘Blank Canvas’.
Originally released over ten years ago, the iconic atmos x Nike Air Max 1 ‘Animal 2.0’ features tiger, leopard, zebra, and pony prints on the upper to create a look that is undeniably wild. Black detailing makes it ways to the upper, replacing the original’s ivory shades, and premium leather delivers an extra luxurious touch. An absolute classic, the ‘Animal 2.0’ is a must cop shoe.
Although the adidas Yeezy Calabasas Powerphase ‘Black’ isn’t as rare as any of the other sneakers here, it still deserves a place on this list. Constructed of premium leather with subtle gold foil detailing along the lateral side, the Powerphase looks nothing like Kanye West’s current sneaker line-up, however, this hasn’t stopped it from being a major success. Simple yet striking, you can’t go wrong with this silhouette.
The Nike Air VaporMax truly has been one of 2018’s best releases. Making use of an innovative Flyknit upper and a revolutionary full length Air unit, the sneaker is unlike anything else currently on the market, so when Virgil Abloh announced that he was remastering the legendary shoe as part of his ‘THE TEN’ pack, hell froze over. If the Off-White x Nike Air Jordan 1 ‘White’ didn’t exist, the Off-White x Nike Air VaporMax ‘White’ definitely would’ve been the best pair of the collection, hands down.
The reason why the adidas AlphaEdge 4D was chosen over the Futurecraft 4D is simply because it’s a lot easier to cop. Pretty much nobody was able to get their hands (feet) on the OG 4D, and that’s not cool. Boasting an upper made of FORGEFIBER — a process that uses TPU-coated yarn and stitching compression at pressure points for ultimate strength in motion — and a unique lacing system, the AlphaEdge 4D sits on top of a sole unit made with light and oxygen via Digital Light Synthesis, a 3D printing process that provides unprecedented support, cushioning, and energy return. The future is here.
Dutch artist Piet Parra needs no introduction in the world of art, streetwear, and most certainly sneakers, and for 2018, he teamed up with Nike for the iconic Parra x Nike Air Max 1. Marking the first time the power duo collaborated since 2005, these vibrant creps are undoubtedly one of the most unique and colourful sneakers currently on the market, and they’ve quickly become the holy grail for many sneakerheads.
By far the most popular adidas dad shoe at the moment, the adidas Orignals Yung-1 ‘Chalk Red’ is a must cop sneaker for any collection. Painted in a unique combination of red, white, and blue, this chunky crep is crafted from a combination of breathable mesh and premium suede. Inspired by the adidas Falcon Dorf from the late ’90s with a newly revamped sole, we’re hyped for more colourways to release in the future!
And last but not least, we have the Nike React Element 87 ‘Anthracite’. Designed by the Nike Special Projects team, the React Element 87 is a lesson in unique sneaker styling. Making use of a semi translucent upper, the futuristic shoe sits atop a full length React foam cushioning for unbeatable comfort. In terms of the upper, it’s made up of a semi-translucent TPE material with exposed pieces that add to the deconstructed flair. We’re beyond excited to see more colourways release soon, as well as the hotly anticipated UNDERCOVER collab that should drop near the end of this year.
What do you think of our list of the best sneaker releases of the year so far? Do you agree with it or do you think there should be a few more worthy mentions? Let us know in the comments section below, and be sure to keep it locked at The Sole Supplier for the latest and greatest in sneakers! In related news, check out the top 5 biggest sneaker trends of 2018!