Update: 2017 has already seen so many great releases and it’s too hard not to forget other important new sneakers – here’s part II of “The Best Sneaker Releases of 2017 So Far”!
May hasn’t even started yet, but we can already look back on a huge amount of sneakers that were released in the first months of 2017. Thousands of limited sneakers, collaborations and general releases were brought on the streets by adidas, Nike and the like. It’s time for a short review and ranking.
We went through the past months of sneaker releases and tried to find a TOP 10 of early 2017. As we couldn’t decide on a final winner, we don’t want to rank them from 10 to 1 – but these are definitely ten of the best sneaker releases of 2017 so far!
As you’ll see, the list is clearly dominated by the Three Stripes and the Swoosh, but some exceptions fought their way into the top ranks as well. Stay tuned to Sneakers Magazine to receive the latest news and exclusive stories!
10 of the Best Sneaker Releases of 2017 So Far
adidas Iniki Runner: The Iniki is a great link between adidas’ huge heritage and modern footwear technology. Equipped with a clean ’70s-inspired upper and a comfortable Boost sole, the Iniki made friends in the sneaker scene in seconds.
adidas Equipment Support RF & Support 93/17 Boost: adidas EQT is an early-1990s collection of sneakers and sportswear with a “no bullshit approach”. The line was newly interpreted by adidas in January 2017 – Turbo Red is the new color concept and we especially fell for the Support RF! adidas listened to the sneaker community and refined the shape. Plus, the 93/17 is the latest addition to the EQT line. adidas combines the overall look of adidas Equipment with a dynamic style and the first molded Boost sole ever. (pic by 43einhalb)
Nike Air Max 1 “Pinnacle Pack”: 2017 marks the year of the 30th anniversary of the Air Max 1. Nike celebrated 30 years of Air Max not only with the brand new VaporMax, they also worked on the “One”. The Air Max 1 “Pinnacle Pack” included 4 clean colorways with an amazing new shape and great materials – no wonder they sold out pretty fast. What a nice pack and a great start into Air Max Month! (Pic by Titolo).
Nike Air Max 1 Atmos “Elephant”: No top 10 list in 2017 would be complete without the Elephant. After some rather quiet years for the classic Air Max 1 silhouettes, the Atmos Elephant brought sneakerheads around the world back in front of sneaker stores, camping for an Air Max – Nike managed to do a proper retro here! Also the special pack that came with a “Safari” print on the Air Jordan III was amazing! (pic by @pangea for Solebox)
Asics Gel-Mai OG Retro: We’re always in when it comes to good retro sneakers. The Gel-Mai is one of these silhouettes that were pretty futuristic when they arrived in the late ’90s but pretty much fit in perfectly in the 2010s – we liked the Ronnie Fieg collab variants in 2016 but we definitely love the clean OG colorways of the Asics Gel-Mai! You can still get a pair here and here! (pic via 43einhalb)
Afew x Diadora V7000 “Highly Addictive”: We’re addicted to sneakers and ao is German retailer Afewstore – they really kill it with their Diadora v7000 collab sneaker – you must definitely check out the special boxing and the insane quality. Designed in Germany and handmade in Italy! (pic by femyeah)
adidas Originals x Alexander Wang: We can’t decide on the one best model of the Alexander Wang x adidas collab, so we chose to take them all in. While some of the runners are contemporary as hell, the BBALL Boost definitely is inspired by classic adidas basketball silhouettes such as the Forum. It’s not for everybody, but it’s definitely special!
Nike Air Jordan IV “KAWS”: This might already be called “Jordan Release of the year” – the Air Jordan IV “Kaws” caused chaos in Amsterdam and release madness all over the world. It’s just huge!
adidas Futurecraft 4D: Almost no words are needed here – the Futurecraft 4D is the future of sneakers – it comes with a modern high tech sole system that was created through Digital Light Synthesis and a highly breathable and lightweight Primeknit upper. Only 300 pairs are part of the first drop, but more than 5000 will be available later this year. In 2018. adidas plans to release more than 1.000.000 pairs of the Futurecraft 4D!
New Balance 1500 “Easter Pastel” Pack: The 1500 model’s colorways have already counted among our favorites in 2016, when New Balance brought back several classic colorways. This year, New Balance surprised us with two pastel colorways – you can choose between minty green and salmon pink suede – made in England for sure! (pic via hanon shop)