This year we are benching our beloved white sneaks in favor of these hypebeast-approved tennies. After scouring the streets at fashion week, it’s clear that the top 2018 sneaker trends are anything but basic. Between “ugly” dad sneakers, refreshing pastels, and the reboot of the retro gum sole, we wouldn’t want to be caught dead in plain white low tops. Devout sneakerhead or fellow fashion follower, you can’t ignore (or resist) these flashy kicks.
2018 Sneaker Trend #1: Dad Sneakers
Clunky, orthopedic sneakers reminiscent of your dad’s sneakers are reappearing on runways with a slew of ’90s nostalgia from designers like Gucci, Balenciaga, and Acne Studios, with Skechers being the OG inspiration. Street style stars are pairing these dad sneakers with polished trousers and feminine skirts and dresses, bringing normcore to center stage. Now that your comfortable commute shoes are in fashion, you can leave the pumps at home and wear these trainers all day—even to date night!
2018 Sneaker Trend #2: Everything Nike Air
Nike is back in a big way with a reboot of its throwback Air sneakers dominating street style, especially Nike Air Max 97s. If you take a look around Paris, New York, or Milan, you’ll see countless influencers rocking these classic kicks. Nike Air Jordans are also getting a modern update with femme details like suede, satin, and pretty pastels perfect for spring. With SZA fully backing the brand’s new era, we have no problem seeing why people are obsessed with these retro releases. But we’ll always have a soft spot for the Nike Air Force 1, especially with the Reimagined 1 collection featuring 10 distinct pair of sneakers re-designed by women for women.
2018 Sneaker Trend #3: Satin
It’s no secret that satin is in this spring, but it’s showing up in unexpected places, like slip-on sneakers and running shoes. The satin sneaker trend is about to blow up even more with Puma’s ballet-inspired collection, En Pointe, sprinkled with softer versions of millennial pink and the prettiest satin material. Whether the girly low-top satin sneakers Selena Gomez models in Puma’s latest campaign or these Opening Ceremony lookalikes, we just can’t wait to dress up our favorite athleisure looks with a pair of fancy kicks.
2018 Sneaker Trend #4: Glitter Sneakers
We saw sparkly ankle boots for fall and glitterati eyeshadow for New Year’s Eve, but you can thank Gucci for giving life to the glitter sneakers trend with the release of its super sparkly Ace lace-ups. J.W. Anderson and Opening Ceremony followed suit with iconic collaborations with Converse and Vans featuring nothing but glitzy glitter sneakers. It-girl bloggers Julie Sarinana, Leandra Medine, and Annabelle Lefleur are in full support, sporting shimmery Golden Goose trainers all over town. Get in on the glam with all-over sparkle trainers or sneakers with subtle glitter details to add shine to your daily strut.
2018 Sneaker Trend #5: Ice Cream Pastels
We saw pastels all over the runways, from matching suits and floral dresses to macaron-colored handbags and sneakers in muted shades. Why not add these ice cream colorways to your footwear collection too? Aside from our favorite baby pink, sneaker brands have come out with dusty blues, minty greens, and powdery purples (hello, ultra violet) coupled with major platforms and lots of suede that will soon be dominating the streets. If your closet consists of comfortable neutrals, pastels are a good way to add subtle color to your wardrobe without going too bold or punch up a monochrome look.
2018 Sneaker Trend #6: The Gum Sole
This throwback detail is picking up major steam as one of the top sneaker trends of 2018. Of course Rihanna’s Puma x Fenty collection is all over this shoe trend with crazy high gum platforms on her signature creeper style. The gum sole isn’t for everyone, but gives any pair of kicks a retro skater vibe that we’re totally loving. And your shoes will look brand new even after weeks of wear thanks to the tan rubber sole. Whether you prefer classic white or a pop of color, it doesn’t matter because neutral gum soles go with almost any color.
2018 Sneaker Trend #7: Balenciaga Sock Sneaker
Yeezy started the sock boot, but the Balenciaga sock sneaker is taking over from here. Apparently wearing a pair is like walking on clouds according to those lucky enough to snatch up the insanely comfortable Speed trainer. Other brands, like Fendi and Vetements are copying Balenciaga’s sock sneaker silhouette with their own high-fashion versions. More affordable options are also available, so everyone can get in on the fashion-meets-streetwear, avant-garde style.
2018 Sneaker Trend #8: Metallic Sneakers
Don’t get us wrong—we love our white sneakers, and we always will, but metallic sneakers are becoming our new go-tos for dressing up a simple outfit. They give a fresh feel to even your most basic jeans and white T-shirt. Treat them like your new fave pair of earrings to avoid over-accessorizing with a flashy pair of kicks. Between silvery slip-ons, rose-gold platforms, and golden high-tops, metallic sneakers are slowly stealing our hearts (and dare we say replacing our classic Stan Smiths).