According to Forbes.com,
The market for sneakers is booming, driven by millennial demand and a strategic business approach by major players. According to SportsOneSource, the international sneaker market has grown by more than 40% since 2004, to an estimated $55 billion.
And it isn’t all about sports – but more about fashion.
Bill Cunningham, fashion editor for The New York Times, said he “can’t help but think that young men’s sneakers are what the elaborate handbags were to women this century, when the all-important handbag was the statement.”
Ellen Smith at TrendHunter says, “Despite only going on your feet, footwear has evolved tremendously over the years to provide consumers with not only function but aesthetic appeal as well. Whether it’s on the runway or store shelves, shoes have become more than just an ordinary wardrobe accessory.”
So what sneaker trends to shop for this Spring?
According to Smith, “combining fashion with function in a sleek and chic design…wool loungers are perfect for travelers and comfort aficionados alike. Designed with a supportive foam and rubber sole, the shoes provide for a blister-free experience, making the shoe a must-have for weekend getaways and sightseeing excursions.”
Like Allbirds wool loungers – from Allbirds.com flexible, stylish, and comfortable, these wool loungers are available in a variety of colors.
Nikita Ramsinghani of PopSugar Fashion has this to say: “Chat with us on Facebook Messenger. Learn what’s trending across POPSUGAR.You could say sneakers have replaced high heels. Just have a look at street style images from Fashion Month and you’ll notice more Adidas Stan Smiths than stilettos. Sneakers are having such a moment that even fashion brands like Opening Ceremony are teaming up with cult favorite sneaker companies like Vans to create capsule collections. If that doesn’t convince you to invest, we’re counting down eight styles that will turn you into a major sneakerhead. From glitter embellishments to eye-catching platforms, the little details make these shoes instant must-haves.”
One of the trends Ramsinghani highlights are trainers- like this Nike Air Huarache Sneaker from Nordstrom.com. If these look a bit familiar, it is because they are a replica of the Air Huarache Run from 1992, this lightweight, curve-lasted sneaker is made current in fresh colorways.
And The Glitter Sneaker isn’t just for pre-school anymore. These Keds for Kate Spade come in a variety of colors and are red carpet ready.
T.S. Fox from Hypebeast is excited about Nike‘s highly anticipated “Macaroon” pack of Flyknit Racers. Unveiled late last month, the upcoming release is the perfect Flyknit Racer drop for spring and sees the fan-favorite silhouette in four different pastel hues. In each case, the kicks come built atop the usual black rubber outsole and white air-cushioned sole unit. Try these kicks in Pistachio from eBay.
Jake Woolf from GQ says, ”A floral patterned aloha shirt or flower print tie are menswear standbys this time of year, but rarely do all things floral go beyond a blown-up tiger lily on a rayon camp shirt when it comes to a man’s closet—until this year. Menswear is still in its maximalist mode, where no embroidery is too much, where there’s no limit to the amount of pre-made holes one can have in his jeans, and where bold colors are always better than basic hues. The trend certainly extends to sneakers, which is this spring’s advanced style move that doesn’t require any special skills to pull off. Though they come in different variations (some floral prints are literal, others more abstract, some subtle, others vibrant), right now the key to pulling off a pair of flower-adorned kicks is to simply make sure they are getting the shine they need. So don’t go pairing these with your new Hawaiian shirt, but as the stand-out piece of an otherwise pared-down spring outfit. At the end of the day, there simple enough for any guy to wear, but just exciting enough to breathe some life into your wardrobe.”
Woolf likes these Low Top Floral Sneakers from Vans.com, featuring a round toe, a lace fastening, a small floral print, a printed insole, a contrasting toe cap, a rubber sole and a rear logo stamp. Or try to pull off these Asos Lace Up High Tops with Floral Embroidery – will look good with all your denim and whites.
Fashion blog WhoWhatWear is all about Pink, “Given what a big deal pink is in the fashion world right now, it’s a given that the trend would trickle down to the feet, too. Most brands are endorsing a pretty, mid-spectrum pink hue for their rose-colored kicks.”
Their picks include Superga 2750 FGLU Sneakers from Shopbop.com or these super cool Common Projects Original Achilles Canvas Sneakers from Net-a-Porter.com – perfectly low silhouette with a chunky rubber sole.
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