It’s yet another step towards streetwear becoming fashion’s new normal – something which has been taking place for several years now. Still, for anyone convinced it was just a flash in the pan, this should serve as further proof of streetwear’s staying power in the fashion arena.
Function going fashion was one of the major menswear moments of 2019. Models were paraded down runways in technical outerwear, pockets were everywhere and Gore-Tex surpassed fleece and corduroy as the hottest fabric around. Dressing for an ice climb in the Karakoram had never looked so good.
But the performance fabrics didn’t end at our ankles. AW19 brought with it an influx of Gore-Tex sneakers, some of which were shockingly wearable. Waterproof versions of classic styles like the Adidas Stan Smith, the Superstar and the Nike Air Force One all flew off shelves, solving that age-old sneakerhead winter dilemma of what to rock when the weather turns sour. Expect to see more of the same as we settle into the new year.
We’re always banging on about the merits of adding some texture to your wardrobe, but why stop at your feet? Textured trainers are already making inroads into mainstream menswear, but in 2020 they’re on track to really blow up. From cord plimsolls to hairy suede runners, tactile fabrics are taking over the sneaker world and we’re all for it.
Brands like Hoka One One and Nike and Undercover’s Gyakusou imprint have boosted your local running club’s street cred to unprecedented new heights, with colourful, high-performance kicks that bite as hard as they bark. Granted, you’re probably not going to run a 150-mile ultramarathon in them, but it’s nice to know the option’s there.
Mesh And Metallic
Those heavily detailed mesh and metallic silver trainers your high-school Sport teacher used to wear? In 2020, that’d be another big fat check.
Speaking of stuff done ’00s style, in 2020 we’re all set for a timely reminder that the 20-year trend-cycle clock is still ticking with pinpoint accuracy. The last decade has been very heavy on the ’90s nostalgia, but as we enter the ’20s, attention is shifting to the millennium.
We thought this day would never come but with the revival of baggy jeans and dangly canvas belts last year, the signs were already right in front of us. For further proof of what’s coming our way footwear wise, look to the recent resurgence of early ’00s styles like Nike’s Shox and the aforementioned shiny, shiny gym shoes made of mesh. Feeling old yet?
The Sneaker Trend We Can See Right Through
we spend every single day writing about menswear, but this latest sneaker-related development surprised even us. The first hint of see-through sneakers came courtesy of Virgil Abloh’s take on the Converse All Star and Nike’s React Element 87 back in 2018; two semi-transparent kicks that revealed the wearer’s taste in socks to the world.
The Biggest Sneaker Trends Of 2020