Soleheaven Presents: Sneakers of the Year 2017
It's been a wild ride this year in the sneaker world. The swoosh has retaken its place on the throne after an intense battle with the 3 stripes, and legends like Jordan brand haven't had the consistency of previous years. Suprise brands like Karhu, Novesta and Balenciaga amongst others surprised us with some standout silhouettes and collaborations. As we like to think of ourselves an informed bunch, we rallied round and came up with our favourite shoes of the year!
Callum - Merchandise Director
Nike x Off White - Air Force 1
"For me, the entire collection was a highlight of 2017. Rather than just re-colouring and swapping materials, it felt like some actual re-design went into this programme of releases. I think this concept force other collaborators both stores and designers to look beyond that has already been seen time and time again.
Choosing my personal favourite from the collab was a tough one, I was torn between the whole collection, before settling on the Air Force 1. I think the combination of materials just work so well to give what is Nikes most well known and respected silhouette a completely new lease of life."
Ollie - Sales Specialist
"Practicality and durability are the cornerstones of my wardrobe, so having a shoe that takes those principles and executes them in the most unique silhouette of the year, that's my shoe of the year. Everything that Acronym / ACG put their name to is a licence to print money."
Dale - Managing Director
AJ1 Royal (Both OG Leather & Flyknit)
"Loved them both….I actually enjoy the fit of the Flyknit best"
Simon - Store Manager
Air Max 1 Premium SC 'UNC'
"The clean & classic colourway on the new old shape AM1. Plush leather & the Jewel swoosh have elevated this to the top of my list. The OG? it's been done before."
Tom - Content Writer
Balenciaga Speed trainer
"Not everyone's cup of tea, but I really enjoy sleek trainers as it gives a really nice profile on your foot. The speed trainers hold a very minimal aesthetic and go perfectly with a combination of outfits making them extremely versatile for such an 'out there' style. Plus you get to do an ultimate flexing in them."
Jacob - Sales Specialist
Nike Air Max 90 Flyknit
"The classic shoe now in flyknit. It's really comfy, Nuff said."
Luke Million - Photography Manager
Vans x Goodhood UA OG Sk8-Hi LX
As a big fan of vans when I heard of a new godhood vans collab I was very interested, I'm not normally a fan over too much branding but I thought that the colourways and godhood logo and branding worked really well with the vans sk8 hi silhouette.