The Most Popular Sneakers of 2017 (and 3 Styles to Buy in 2018)
As the year comes to end, we're reminiscing about the best of 2017—from the best coordinating outfits to the most expensive shoes. Now we turn our attention to the most popular sneakers of the year. We've rounded up the 10 styles we saw everywhere in the past 12 months.
If you don't already own these sneakers, we recommend getting your hands on them ASAP in 2018. They're not going out of style anytime soon—trust us.
Scroll down to see the most popular sneakers of 2017, and then shop the styles that will reign supreme in 2018.
Available in sizes 5 to 17.5.
Another pair of retro sneakers that gained momentum toward the end of 2017 were iconic Old Skool Vans. These got such a strong stamp of approval from the fashion world that they are now Vans' best-selling women's shoes. Recently, Vans also released a collaboration with Karl Lagerfeld that includes a revamped, fashion-forward version of the Old Skool.
Balenciaga Speed Metallic Stretch-Knit High-Top Sneakers ($795)
Available in sizes 35 IT to 42 IT.
Sock-style sneakers were huge this year, right alongside the massive trend of sock boots. Brands from Nike to Adidas to DKNY released their own versions, but this Balenciaga design was the one that started it all—and ended up being one of the best-selling sock sneakers. They were even named fall's hottest fashion item by Business of Fashion.
APL TechLoom Phantom Sneakers ($165)
Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.
APL's TechLoom sneakers (made with revolutionary technology) are some of the most comfortable and coolest ones on the market. It's no wonder they've become one of the most popular athletic sneakers. They've gotten the stamp of approval from celebs like Kourtney Kardashian, Lily Collins, and Lucy Hale. The best part? They come in every color imaginable, so now there's no reason your sneakers can't match your workout outfit.
Gucci Ace Embroidered Sneaker ($620)
Available in sizes 4.5 to 12.5.
Some might say 2017 was the year of Gucci, and this is definitely the case when it comes to the brand's sneaker collection. The Ace sneaker quickly became a fashion-girl favorite. The brand released the style in a ton of different colors, each with unique details and designs. While they're the perfect pair of sneakers for any occasion, Alessandra Ambrosio proved they should be your go-to travel sneakers.
Nike Air Max 97 OG QS ($160)
Available in sizes 6 to 15.
Chunky sneakers were deemed the "ugly" shoe trend of 2017, with this pair of Nikes being one of the most widely worn styles. The brand rereleased this '90s-inspired style this year in a variety of colors and designs—one style includes calf hair and suede. And with every restock, the Air Max 97 almost always sold out immediately. On top of that, it was the most googled pair of sneakers in 2017.
Adidas Gazelle Shoes ($80)
Available in sizes 7.5 to 13 (mens).
Following the Stan Smith craze, this classic Adidas style quickly became one of the most popular sneakers. This '90s style was relaunched this year in 53 different colors. Affordable and effortless, these sneakers are perfect to throw on with any outfit. They've become a favorite of fashion insiders and Kourtney Kardashian.
Reebok Classic Leather ($70)
Available in sizes 5 to 10.
These retro Reebok sneakers saw global domination in 2017. This '80s style is the brand's most iconic unisex silhouette. Everyone from our favorite street style stars to one of our editors to Malia Obama has been seen rocking this style this year. Keep an eye out—Reebok has a collab with Victoria Beckham coming out in 2018.
Puma x Fenty by Rihanna Creeper Cracked Leather ($150)
Available in sizes 6 to 10.
Rihanna's Puma x Fenty Creeper shoes came out in 2016, but they remained just as popular this year. With every new drop, they sold out in record time. In 2017, Puma made $119 million in just three months, so it's safe to say Fenty Creepers contribute a lot to that staggering sum. While it might be hard getting your hands on a pair of them, it's definitely worth it.
2018 Sneaker Predictions
If you already own the hottest sneakers of 2017, here's our advice for which to buy in 2018. We have a feeling they'll be just as big as the ones above were this past year.
Ganni Alana Sneakers ($364)
Available in sizes 36 DK to 41 DK.
Copenhagen-based brand Ganni has been getting a lot of buzz in the U.S. lately, and this sneaker hits home on the "ugly" shoe trend. This upcoming year, "ugly" shoes are going to get a makeover—starting with these high-top sneaker-boots.
Up Next: Find out the buzziest shoe brand of 2017.
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