A couple of weeks into 2018, it’s time for some spring-cleaning – which means getting rid of shoes that have dominated the last year so heavily that we’re kinda fed up seeing them by now. Don’t get us wrong though: we still got love for all the models we listed below. We just think that both brands and sneakerheads alike should take a step back with them and move on to new ones so we can fully appreciate them again with some distance. So here are 5 sneakers we don’t want to see anymore in 2018. [Title image via @avanope]
1. Air Max 97
Just about two years ago, it took some balls to step out in a pair of shiny silver AM 97s. Fast forward to 2017 and it was almost impossible to stroll through any major city without spotting at least three pairs on people’s feet. This is largely due to Nike celebrating the model’s 20th anniversary with a ton of both OG and new colorways, but for now we’re good on any new Air Max 97 for the next couple of years. After all, the Air Max 98 might be up for just the same treatment this year.
2. adidas YEEZY BOOST 350 v2
Most people already know that the YEEZY hype reached its hiatus for quite some time, so we’ll spare you another lecture on that topic. Instead, here’s some food for thought: the 350’s decline in popularity perfectly proves that sneakerhead’s just can’t be satisfied. When the releases were still fairly limited and resale prices went through the roof, everybody was – naturally – complaining. But as soon as the shoes became more available and almost went for retail in the second market, interest in new V2 colorways went down. And since we placed the sneaker on our list here, we can’t even exclude ourselves from that.
3. Reebok Club C
Let’s look at the good news first: in 2017, a whole lot of people finally realized that Reebok should be one of our first choices if you’re looking for a decently priced pair of sleek everday sneakers with quite amazing leather quality. Can’t be mad at that. But we’re not so sure if everybody stocked up on all-white Club Cs for those reasons, or rather because the silhouette was one of the essentials for people who have the audacity of writing “I N F L U E N C E R” into their Instagram bio.
4. VANS Old Skool
It almost hurts us to place the much beloved skate classic on this list… but there’s only so much black-and-white Old Skools combined with tennis socks and high-ankle 90s jeans a person can see in their Insta feeds before he or she snaps. Look, we get it. The shoe is affordable, available everywhere and goes with basically anything. But how about at least a different VANS model for a change?
5. Balencia Triple S
There has been a lot of hate for the Triple S already – but even if you think that Balenciaga’s take on chunky 90s sneakers looks hideous, you have to admit that it’s at least kind of interesting. But with the brand shifting production for the Triple S from Italy to China while sticking to the hefty $850 USD price tag, that shoe has got to go in 2018.
What are your thoughts on these 5 sneakers we don’t want to see anymore in 2018 – and which ones would you choose? Let us know in the comment section below!