Owner, Sportie LA, Los Angeles
“I don’t see a revolution in style in the athletic arena. Rather, we are seeing another surge in the classic and authentic looks. Whether it’s the Adidas Superstar or the Stan Smith or the Puma Suede or a retro Jordan, enthusiasm for that nostalgic product is elevating to new heights. The clean, simpler look is speaking volumes.”
Creative Director/Buyer, Uptown Miami & Addict Bal Harbour, Miami; Owner of the Sneakerbox Group
“As far as technology goes, you can expect [Adidas’] Boost to help the brand elevate and reinvent itself. It’s going to be a major player [going forward]/ And the Nike Presto, it’s lightweight with great colors. But it’s going to be more of a shoe-trend thing than a technology thing.”
Owner, Extra Butter, New York and Rockville Centre, N.Y.
“I like the [Adidas] Boost that’s coming into lifestyle. I believe Boost had an impact like Nike has seen with its Lunar, Flyknit and Flywire technology. Everyone is going to try to come up with something as cool and functional as Boost.”
Owner, Rise, Huntington, N.Y.
“Running has become so big now, both retro and performance. The latest thing that’s been on my feet is the Adidas Ultra Boost – I wear it every day. What would be next is the continuation of running technology. I don’t think we’re getting out of running anytime soon. More tech, more advancements on these performance-running silhouettes, that’s going to stay on the market for quite some time.”
Owner, Concepts, Cambridge, Mass., and New York
“Technical fabrics, like [Nike’s] Flyknit and Hyperfuse technology for tops and bottoms, is going to be the next big trend. You’re going to see it from everybody, from the big guys like Nike to New Balance and Adidas. You’re seeing the beginning of it now, but you’ll see a lot more of it in the next year or so. Also, technology in the [shoe’s] bottom – that will also be a big focus in the next year or so.”
[Editor’s Note: The story originally appeared in print 06/29/15]