To end off an incredible 2017 for sneakers, we’re taking time out to highlight the 10 best sneaker models of the year. 2017 was full of incredible new sneaker styles that changed the game and retros that brought back life to old classics. Each of these sneakers brought a combination of comfort, style and uniqueness to the table that helped make it a standout model. Some flew under the radar (#10 and #2) and some were the talk of the year. Set the hype aside, our selections here are about the shoe silhouette itself and not about any specific colourways or collaborations. If you copped any iteration of these 10 sneakers, we consider your 2017 in sneakers a success.
#10 - New Balance 547 Sport
New Balance reinvigorated its 547 model in the summer with new versions including the Sport edition and Luxury models that immediately made us pay attention. The new 547 Sport proved to be a great casual runner for those looking for a daily lifestyle shoe with a modern look and all-day comfort at a great price. While these never gained mainstream attention, it’s easily one of this years most interesting new silhouettes and a sneaker we’re glad to have in our collection.
#9 - Nike PG 1
Paul George’s first signature basketball sneaker with Nike surprised everyone and quickly cemented itself as one of the best basketball sneakers on the market. With its very affordable price point ($145) and consistently awesome colourways, the PG 1 was everything essential you needed in a hoop shoe that performed great, looked awesome and didn’t break the bank.
#8 - Nike Air Force 1
2017 was a big year for the Air Force 1 as Nike celebrated 25 years of history with a year full of impressive releases. This year proved that there was an Air Force 1 for everyone. You had your choice of many new colourways of the SF-AF1, the stand out AF100 collection, as well as premium versions, NBA editions and many new and OG looks for this classic staple. Even re-upping on a crisp pair of triple white AF1 lows was a great choice this year.
#7 - adidas Ultra Boost 3.0
While the reception to a new Primeknit pattern on the Ultra Boost 3.0 was lukewarm at first, the third rendition of the adidas’ flagship runner saw some great colourways release this year to compliment its tried and true comfort. Notable colourways (and collabs) include the Multicolour 3.0, Parley, Chinese New Year, and Reigning Champ. If you had a tough time getting an Ultra Boost in 2016, things changed in 2017 making it a much easier cop so that everyone could add a pair of this must have silhouette to their collection.
#6 - Nike Flyknit Trainer
The Flyknit Trainer rumour mill started growing rapidly after the 2017 NBA finals when the Warriors were gifted PE pairs by Nike. A few months later 2017 saw the re-release of the Nike favourite Flyknit Trainer silhouette with the first colourway dropping in the iconic OG “White/Black” aka “Yeknit”. Nike followed up the the first retro colorway with a new release every month thats given casual and dedicated Trainer fans alike a variety of options this year.
#5 - Nike Air Max 1
Three decades since it’s first release, Nike made the Air Max 1 a focus early on in 2017 and never let up. The Air Max 1 made waves by resurrecting highly coveted models such as the OG Red and Blue, the Atmos “Elephant”, and an amazing new “Master” design alongside many general release and premium takes. To finish of the year Nike released four new anniversary versions in original colourways that made owning a classic pair of Air Max 1 a possibility for everyone.
#4 - adidas EQT Support 93/17 Boost
The 3 stripes took their popular Boost cushion to a whole new level with the EQT 93/17 model by pairing it with the biggest Boost midsole we’ve ever seen. The extra thick Boost sole instantly made this one of the more comfortable adidas models and had everyone racing to pick up a pair earlier this year. While the hype may have worn off, this is still the best new release from adidas this year and one of those sneakers you’ll always look to cop if the price is right. Notable colourways include the OG “Turbo Pink”, milled leather and collaborations by BAIT, Mastermind and White Mountaineering.
#3 - Nike Air Max 97
Nike brought back the Air Max 97 in full force this year starting with a strong release of the iconic “Silver Bullet” colourway. From retro OG releases, dressed up Premium models, streamlined Ultra versions and amazing collaborations (UNDFTD, Skepta, Off-White), the Air Max 97 absolutely killed it in 2017. A huge selection of colourways released this year and consistently captured everyones attention that had this shoe going from sleeper to a must have quickly.
#2 - NikeLab Zoom Fly SP
The Zoom Fly was met with a bit of scepticism but that all changed when NikeLab put their “special edition” twist on the silhouette to celebrate Nike’s innovation project to break the two-hour marathon barrier. While this sneaker was designed for marathon running it quickly won the hearts of casual users once the word got out about how incredibly comfortable they are. The combination of style, comfort, new tech and price ($200) has lead to this sneaker only beginning to reach its potential. We look forward to seeing what this model has in store in 2018 and consider it a must have this year.
#1 - Nike VaporMax Flyknit
You saw this one coming because we can all agree the VaporMax had everyone paying attention this year. Innovation like this is what moves sneakers forward and the VaporMax airbag brought the best of Nike’s Air Max technology to the future with something we’ve never seen before. This shoe quickly changed the way people looked at sneakers and has consistently been dropping hit colorway after hit colorway. The VaporMax bundled a unique futuresque look for sneakers with great style, comfort and modern technology and because of that it earns our selection for sneaker of the year.