Not everyone is fortunate enough to be able to see their grails in hand. For those of you who live in places where the sneaker scene is pretty much non-existent, Instagram is an essential tool for you to scout your next cop. With that said, we’ve compiled a list of the most shared, hashtagged, and commented on sneakers on IG right now!
From a few pretty self-explanatory picks to some not-so-obvious ones, check out the most popular sneakers on Instagram down below! For more content like this, be sure to download the official The Sole Supplier app for free right now!
No matter what you say, the adidas NMD hype train is not stopping anytime soon. After about four years of releasing different variations of the iconic Nomad, the lifestyle trainer is still the number one most popular sneaker on Instagram, garnering 7,089,955 posts. From the classic R1 to the Skateboard P-approved Human Race, there’s literally a silhouette and colourway for everyone!
In our number two spot we have the adidas Yeezy Boost 350. The brainchild of fashion and music icon Kanye West, there have been two generations of the 350 since its debut in summer 2015, with a third one expected to release sometime this year. A sneaker convention without a pair of Yeezys is pretty much unheard of, so we’re not surprised that it was posted 5,788,828 times.
If aliens landed on earth and asked you to show them a timeless sneaker, you’d most likely show them the Vans Old Skool. Making its debut over forty years ago back in 1977 when it was dubbed Style 36, the shoe has since arrived in a myriad of colourways, silhouettes, and styles. On top of all of this, it’s pretty well-priced too compared to the other sneakers in this list, so 4,580,833 posts shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
Created in 1969, the iconic design of the adidas Superstar has gone virtually unchanged since. Introduced as the world’s first low top basketball shoe to feature an all leather upper and the now renowned rubber shelltoe, Run DMC were famous for rocking the Superstars without any laces and with the tongue pushed out. Half a century later, the minimalist sneaker still gets posted 3,802, 505 times.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star has been in constant production for the past one hundred years, and has gone virtually unchanged since 1949. One of the most iconic footwear silhouettes of all time, the shoe has been adopted by numerous subcultures and the subject of countless trends, so it’s not surprising at all that the century-old silhouette still gets posted 3,517,598 times.
Originally named the adidas Robert Haillet, after the famous French international tennis player, the adidas Stan Smith is known for being one of the best selling sneakers of all time. It’s safe to say that the silhouette proceeded to create a legacy which far succeeded its original intentions though, as not only is it known as a sportswear icon, but also as a revolutionary fashion design that has 2,625,603 posts.
Over twenty years ago, Tinker Hatfield brought to life one of the most iconic running shoes of all time in what is now known as the Nike Air Max 90. Although it’s not the Swoosh’s most iconic release, the AM90’s signature ‘Infrared’ colourway has paved the way to it being one of the most popular, receiving around 2,469, 264 posts. Virgil Abloh’s recent Air Max 90 collab has also helped boost this already-massive number too.
With a history spanning over two decades, the Nike Air Huarache is, without a doubt, one of the most iconic sneakers in the Swoosh’s history. Over the past, there have been countless renditions of the Air Huarache, but most if not all of them sport an ultra comfort neoprene bootie and ribbed Air midsole. It shouldn’t shock anyone then that the sneaker has been posted 2,214, 945 over on Instagram.
It’s absolutely insane to think that the Nike Air Jordan 1 has been around for over three decades. Ever since it was first announced back in 1985, Nike has been killing it with the AJ1 silhouette. Designed for Michael Jordan himself by Peter C. Moore, you have to admit, he did a pretty awesome job, with the shoe remaining more or less identical since it was first seen on court and being posted 1,605, 281 times.
What’s surprising is that the Nike Air Force 1 has only been posted 1,588,627 times. Launched in 1982, the AF1 marked the first basketball shoe that featured a pocket filled with air in the heel for cushioning and support. An actual icon, it’s still as popular today as it was when they first hit the court almost forty years ago. The subject of hundreds of fire collaborations over the years, we actually thought this would be higher up on the list.
Regarded by many as the Swoosh’s current flagship model, the Nike Air VaporMax took the Air midsole to a whole other level. Introduced to the world back in 2017, it took Kathy Gomez, Nike’s VP of Underfoot Cushioning Innovation, fifteen tried just to get the iconic midsole just right. Dressed in an ultra versatile Flyknit, multiple renditions of the Air VaporMax have released since its debut, garnering 1,195,385 posts.
Worn by countless celebrities and icons, the Vans Authentic is one of the brand’s most popular silhouettes. Remaining more or less unchanged since it was introduced to the world over fifty years ago, the shoe has since arrived in a myriad of colourways and styles. On top of all of this, it’s pretty well-priced too compared to the other sneakers in this list, so 1,153,339 posts shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
Developed by Nike CEO Mark Parker and brought to life by legendary shoe designer Tinker Hatfield in 1987, the original Nike Air Max 1 was a shoe that dared to be different. Contrasting a bold red and clean white colour combination, the sneaker showcased the world’s first ever visible Air unit, which was previously embedded into the sole. To this day, the AM1 proves to be as popular as ever, with 1,147, 707 posts over on IG.
A silhouette that was unveiled four years ago back in February 2015, the adidas Ultra Boost is regarded by many sneakerheads as one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, and by many athletes as the best running shoe ever made. Crafted from Primeknit, the UB sits atop a full length Boost midsole for unbeatable comfort and endless cushioning. No wonder it received 1,125,251 posts over on Insta.
When the Balenciaga Triple S was first released, everyone was thinking the exact same thing: “WHAT ARE THOOOSE?!” Described by the luxury fashion house as a “visual composite“, the Triple S takes design cues from three different sports, including running, basketball, and track and field, all stacked on top of one another to create the unmistakably bulky sole. Unbeknownst to everyone, this “ugly” crep would quickly become the hottest shoes ever, garnering 975,453 posts.
Well, there you have it! The most popular sneakers on Instagram right now! 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!