The Top 10 Sneaker Moments of 2017

Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Presto
Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Presto

Sneakers, for yet another year, dominated the greater footwear marketplace. There were several moments throughout 2017 that shook up the industry and sneaker culture, but there were 10 in particular that people will be speaking about for years to come.

Check out 10 of the top sneaker moments from 2017.


The Release of Nike x Virgil Abloh “The Ten”


The designer’s deconstructed sneaker collection with the Swoosh, which features FN’s Shoe of the Year, was an undeniable fan favorite. Looks including the reimagined Air Jordan 1 and Air Presto are among the most sought after on the secondary market.

Virgil Abloh Air Jordan 1 Nike The Ten Virgil Abloh’s Air Jordan 1 from his collection with Nike, dubbed “The Ten.” Nike


Adidas Drops its Parley for the Oceans Ultra Boosts


Several iterations of Adidas’ acclaimed Ultra Boosts made with ocean plastic (roughly 11 bottles per pair) hit stores throughout the year. The environmentally-friendly performance running shoes were a hit with sneaker fans and runners alike.

Adidas Parley for the Oceans Ultra Boost Adidas x Parley for the Oceans Ultra Boost. Adidas


Under Armour Rebounds With the Curry 4


Fans did not react favorably to the Curry 3, with its chunkier design and the waning popularity of basketball sneakers largely responsible. But the Baltimore-based brand rebounded when NBA All-Star Stephen Curry debuted the Curry 4 during the 2017 NBA Finals. The knit upper has attracted even those who disliked past Curry designs.

Under Armour Curry 4 Under Armour Curry 4 white/black Under Armour


Nike Launches its Air VaporMax Silhouette


An Air Max style with just an upper sitting atop an air bag with no midsole is something fans of the sneaker franchise have dreamed of. And Nike made it a reality this year. Its acclaimed Air VaporMax turned heads this year with every colorway and collab released.

Nike Air VaporMax The Nike VaporMax in “Dark Gray.” Nike


The Arrival of the Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner


If you thought the love for rap star Kanye West’s sneaker creations would slow down in 2017, you were wrong. The introduction of new styles, most notably the Yeezy Boost 700 Wave Runner, kept West’s shoes on the feet of sneaker enthusiasts.

Yeezy Wave Runner 700 Yeezy Wave Runner 700 StockX


Adidas Unveils its 4D Futurecraft Sneakers


Here’s how Adidas described the process of making 4D Futurecraft sneakers to Footwear News in April: It is a process that uses digital light projection, oxygen-permeable optics, and programmable liquid resins to generate high-performance, durable polymeric products. Get it? If not, it’s OK, the shoes are innovative and will be a big part of Adidas’ future. You’ll have plenty of time to learn about them.

Adidas Futurecraft 4D Adidas Futurecraft 4D sneakers. Peter Verry.


Converse Collabs With Rap Star Tyler, the Creator


Tyler, the Creator collabed with Converse on the brand’s One Star model, and months after it sold out in seconds, the label gave him his own shoe. The Golf le Fleur dropped in November.

Tyler the Creator x Converse Golf le Fleur Tyler, the Creator x Converse Golf le Fleur “Solar Power.”


Ronnie Fieg’s Nike Collaborations


Late in the year, FN’s Collaborator of the Year delivered stellar silhouettes with Nike, including reimagined classic looks worn by NBA legend Scottie Pippen. But he didn’t stop there. In December, he unveiled shoes designed for basketball star LeBron James.

Kith x Nike Air Pippen 1 Kith x Nike Air Pippen 1 Kith


Jeff Staple Releases a New “Pigeon” Dunk with Nike


The first Nike “Pigeon” Dunk SB was a classic. And legendary designer Jeff Staple followed up the look 12 years later with the release of the “Black Pigeon.” The style had lines wrapped around the New York City streets on release day.

Staple x Nike SB Dunk Low Black Pigeon Staple x Nike SB Dunk Low “Black Pigeon” Staple


LaVar Ball Ships Big Baller Brand Sneakers


The eldest Ball said his oldest son, Lonzo, would play basketball in his own signature shoe when he entered the NBA, and he fulfilled that promise. The ZO2: Prime Remix is out now, available via He also introduced a shoe for his youngest son, LaMelo, the Melo Ball 1, which ships in February 2018. And a shoe for his middle son, LiAngelo, is also on the way.

Big Baller Brand ZO2 Prime Remix Big Baller Brand ZO2 Prime Remix Big Baller Brand