Spring Sneaker Trends From New York Fashion Week

While models hobbled down the New York Fashion Week runways in torturous heels often favored by designers, there was relief this season via a number of sneakers styles. The spring ’17 runways cemented a bevy of different trends. The key takeaways? The all-white colorway is still dominating, while new treatments — such as refined prints or distressed washes — are on the rise.

For the top sneaker trends, read on:

Fringe Benefits
Alexander Wang led the pack with his high-top sneakers with fringe ankle details. The style was offered in black and white leather, with whipstitching on the midsole.

Alexander Wang Spring 2017 Collection
Alexander Wang spring '17 collection.
CREDIT: Swan Gallet/Fairchild.
Alexander Wang Spring 2017 Collection
Alexander Wang spring '17 collection.
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Crisp Whites
The all-white low-top court — a style popularized by the classic Adidas Stan Smith — hasn’t lost momentum. This season, designers embraced crisp whites in every silhouette, including slip-ons and high-tops.

Gigi Hadid Tommy Hilfiger Collection
Tommy Hilfiger spring '17 collection.
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Band of outsiders spring 2017
Band of Outsiders spring '17 women's collection.
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Adam Selman Spring 2017
Adam Selman spring '17 women's collection.
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Printed Uppers
A printed sneaker doesn’t have to be flashy. At Baja East, mid-tops were printed with a feminine paisley print and matched the ready-to-wear textiles.

Baja East Spring 2017
Baja East spring '17 women's collection.
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baja east spring 2017
Baja East spring '17 women's collection.
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baja east spring 2017
Baja East spring '17 women's collection.
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Distressed Washes
While crisp white sneakers were trending this season, the message at Gyspy Sport was the polar opposite. Sneakers were dirtied and pre-distressed on purpose (a treatment Golden Goose recently got criticized for doing).

Gypsy Sport spring 2017
Gypsy Sport spring '17 collection.
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Sneaker-Boot Hybrids
At DKNY, designers Maxwell Osborne and Dao-Yi Chow offered a new sneaker idea: the sneaker-boot hybrid. The styles had neoprene sock uppers and chunky rubber soles. 

DKNY Spring 2017 Collection
DKNY spring '17 collection.
CREDIT: Andrea Hanks/Fairchild.
DKNY Spring 2017 Collection
Backstage at the DKNY spring '17 show.
CREDIT: Carmen Chan/Fairchild.

Sole Interest
Cult sneaker brand Visvim looked to the traditional Japanese Geta sole, incorporating its blocky shape onto the bottom of low-top sneakers. At Rag & Bone, rubber soles extended to the sides and cap toe.

Visvim Spring 2017
Visvim spring '17 women's collection.
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Rag and Bone Spring 2017
Rag & Bone spring '17 collection.
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Rag and Bone Spring 2017
Rag & Bone spring '17 collection.
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