These Are the World’s Hottest Shoes Right Now

The new year is already pummeling ahead, but before we jump into the latest trends, it’s worth reflecting on those that dominated 2018. And thanks to Lyst’s new Index, the data is in.

To gather the most popular products of the year’s last quarter, the global fashion search platform filtered 6 million items by volume of social media mentions, searches, page views, interactions and sales across thousands of online stores. They also grouped colors for styles and took into account global demand per volume of stock available during a three-month period — and quite a few offerings made the cut. Six shoes occupied the top 10 list for women, while three sneakers proved some of the most in-demand pieces for men (with one of the them earning the top spot on the list).

Ahead, shop the most coveted footwear styles over the last few months. We have a feeling these aren’t going anywhere.

For Women:

Veja V10 Sneakers

After Meghan Markle was spotted wearing these sustainable sneakers in Australia with Prince Harry on Oct. 21, online searches for the brand increased by 113 percent. The label’s V10 style is also a favorite among celebrities such as Emily Ratajkowski, Emma Watson and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Veja V10 sneakers.
CREDIT: Zappos

Versace Chain Reaction Sneakers

Versace’s sneaker collaboration with rapper 2Chainz gained traction in Q4, falling just behind Veja’s kicks. The shoes come in a range of opulent finishes with a standout sole reminiscent of chain links.

Versace Chain Reaction sneakers
Versace Chain Reaction sneakers.
CREDIT: Farfetch

Ugg Fluff Yeah Slides 

One of Ugg’s latest and plushest styles, the Fluff Yeah slide, earned the sixth spot on the list of popular items for women.

UGG, Fluff Yeah Slide, Seashell Pink
The UGG Fluff Yeah slide in “Seashell Pink.”
CREDIT: Courtesy of UGG

Balenciaga Speed Trainers

Alongside the distinctive Gucci logo belt, Balenciaga’s Speed Trainers have appeared more than six times on Lyst’s Index of hottest products over the last two years.

Balenciaga Speed sneakers
Balenciaga Speed sneakers.

Dr. Martens Jadon Boots

Dr. Martens has been mentioned close to 2 million times on Instagram, with searches for the English boot brand up by 110 percent this quarter. The chunky-soled Jadon style is model-approved and the label’s best-seller worldwide.

Dr. Martens Jadon Boots
Dr. Martens Jadon boot.

Fila Ray Sneakers

The latest model to embrace the dad sneaker craze, the Fila Ray ($75) is one of the most affordable iterations on the market. It comes hot on the heels of the popular Fila Disruptor 2 (also named FN’s 2018 Shoe of the Year) and the Nike M2K Tekno, which both appeared in last quarter’s hottest-products list.

Fila Ray Sneakers
Fila Ray sneakers.
CREDIT: Foot Locker

For Men:

Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LV8 Utility Volt

With many customers unable to get their hands on a pair of Virgil Abloh’s Off-White Air Force 1 in the volt colorway, demand increased for the Nike inline version — so much so, it topped the list of hottest products for men. The shoe features a neon yellow finish with gray accents and a multilooped pull tab at the heel.

Nike Air Force 1 '07 LV8 Utility Volt
Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LV8 Utility Volt
CREDIT: Foot Locker

Converse x Off-White Chuck 70 Hi-Top

The second Converse collaboration from the hyped Nike x Off-White hype lineup also made the cut: the Converse x Off-White Chuck 70 hi-top. Complete with a black and white striped sole and signature orange tab, the kicks had an average resale price of $929 in July. Thankfully, you can now nab them starting at $289 on Stadiumgoods.com.

Converse x Off-White Chuck 70 hi-top 
Converse x Off-White Chuck 70 hi-top.

Puma RS-X Reinvention Sneakers

Also falling in line with the dad sneaker trend, Puma updated one of its original ’80s designs in November with the RS-X Reinvention — featuring a chunky silhouette, color blocking and embossed textile accents. Retailing for just $110, Puma’s version is another wallet-friendly pick.

Puma RS-X Reinvention sneakers
Puma RS-X Reinvention sneakers.
CREDIT: Zappos

All products featured have been independently selected and curated by our editorial team. If you buy something through the links included on our site, FN may earn a commission.

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