2016 was a marquee year for sneakers. We saw fire releases like the Black Red 1s, Space Jams, and the never ending Yeezy hype train roll on. Looking forward to 2017, here's a few you want to mark down on your calendar. Hell, you might as well start camping out now.
1. Air Jordan 1 Black/Royal
If you remember the times when kids were getting violently yanked out of their sneakers on the regular, that robbery epidemic might just happen again when the Royals come out. Just three years after the last release, they're still fetching close to $600 from resellers. While release numbers were crazy low in 2013, Jordan Brand may have to ramp up production next year to compete with adidas and Under Armour. It's no surprise that Jordan Brand and Nike have been nervously checking their rearview mirrors for competitors looking to catch up, and the Royals are just the ticket to get them back on track. Maybe.
2. Adidas Yeezy 750 V2/350 V3
Kanye really smashed the game when he dropped the 350s and 750s. Now that the initial wave of colorways have been exhausted, it's up to the design team over at Three Stripes has to pull another rabbit out of its hat to smooth over Ye's continual nonsensical rants at his concerts. All will be mostly forgiven once the releases start coming out. We're still waiting on him to make good on his promise to drop more affordable shoes and gear for the rest of us though. Till then, use the Confirmed app and sacrifice goats to the sneaker gods in order to get your pairs for retail.
3. Nike Air Foamposite One "20th Anniversary"
Shoutout to the DMV area for keeping the almighty Foamposite alive the last few decades. Synonymous with the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia streetwear scene, this tank of a shoe celebrates its 20th year in existence with the OG color adopted by Anfernee Hardaway. Hardaway's career didn't last, but the Foams will probably outlive whoever buys them. An added bonus is that these work like the old school Jumpsoles because they're so damn heavy. Run a few games in them then go back to a modern hoops shoe and watch your vertical leap skyrocket.
4. Adidas Ultra Boost 2 Black/Black
After the murdered out Ultra Boosts sold out within milliseconds, the sneaker world now waits on the next releases that will featured colored Boost midsoles. And what better shoe than the sequel to one of the greatest lifestyle/running shoes in the last decade? No disrespect to the white midsoles, but the real money lies in going with a completely tonal shoe. Expect a similar silhouette for the true sequel to the Ultra Boost, but just enough of an update to distinguish itself from the 2.0 and 3.0 “Uncaged” versions we've seen thus far.
5. Under Armour Curry 4
After Foot Locker CEO Dick Johnson very publicly shit on the Curry 3, the pressure is on for the design team to come up with something phenomenal to get some of the company's swag back. Even though Steph's been getting clowned by the Cleveland Lebrons Cavaliers and its fans the last 6 months, he's still the face of UA's fledgling basketball department. Erasing the bad taste of the choke job in last year's playoffs might help sales a bit, but so would creating a hit sneaker. A tall order for sure, but seeing as UA swiped some high profile designers from the Swoosh, not impossible.