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2017 Is Shaping Up To Be A Big Year For Sneakers

It hasn’t even begun, and already it’s looking too good
by Miguel Escobar | Dec 28, 2016
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We can all concur that the tail end of 2016 has brought with it a bunch of really good sneaker releases, which means that you’re probably drowning in a pool of your own tears right now—broke and without a piso to spare for all the inaanaks whom you said you’d buy cool gifts for this year. But hey, at least you’re drowning in style. Surely your swag can make up for all your inadequacies as a ninong.

However, on the off-chance that you’re a halfway decent person who hasn’t already blown all his hard-earned cash on sneakers, read up. You may have reason yet to deny your loved ones the Christmas gifts they deserve.

The rumor mills are a-churning, and speculations for 2017 sneaker releases are blipping on the radar. Some of these are confirmed, some aren’t—but based on this outlook, we’re about to see a deluge of incredible sneakers in the coming year. Hold on to your discipline, your self-control, and your dignity, because it looks like these sneaker brands (Jordan, in particular) will want to suck your wallet dry like a transient hooker in need of a ride home.

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(Unless indicated otherwise, images here are NOT actual depictions of the sneakers that will release next year.)

Air Jordan 8 “Sequoia”

Already nicknamed the “UNDFTD” 8s, this olive-and-orange colorway brings to mind one of the most covetable Js ever: the UNDFTD 4s from 2005. These are definitely poised to be one of 2017’s biggest drops—and they could be coming as early as January.

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Air Jordan 4 “Motorsports”

This blue colorway of the Air Jordan 4 is based on a tribute to Michael Jordan’s Motorsports team. They’re set to release in 2017, the first time since 2006, when members of the team were given exclusive pairs (which eventually sold for aftermarket prices of up to $30,000). This time, however, they do not bear the Mars Blackmon logo that came with the first release.

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Air Jordan 1 “Royal”

One of the most iconic colorways of the Jordan 1 returns in 2017 for the first time since releasing in 2012.

Air Jordan 12 “Chinese New Year”

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It’s basically a Taxi 12 colorway with some extra details to commemorate Chinese New Year, but it’s nonetheless a welcome addition to the 2017 roster that locals will appreciate.

Nike Flyknit Racer “Blue Glow” and “Bright Mango”

The Flyknit Racer is relentless—closing off 2016 with a few solid colorways (including, most notably, the Triple Black colorway). It’s set to carry on until next year, with planned releases for two incredible colorways.

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Nike Foamposite 1 “Copper,” “Royal,” and “Eggplant”

2017 marks 20 years since the Nike Foamposite first released in 1997. To celebrate, they’re bringing back the triumvirate of iconic colorways: Copper, Royal, and Eggplant.

Air Jordan 6 “Alternate”

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People are already calling these the “Hare” 6s, because of their resemblance to the Bugs Bunny-inspired Air Jordan 7 “Hare.” While the nickname is a bit of an anachronism, the red-white-and-off-white combination works just as well on the 6 as it does on the original. 

Nike Kyrie 3

Kyrie Irving’s signatures seem to get better and better. The 1s were pretty terrible, but the 2s made up for them, and the 3s look like Kyrie’s finally getting the shoe he deserves.

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Air Jordan 11 Low “Barons”

While the 11s are almost always better as mids than they are as lows, this simple colorway of the latter still makes for a solid part of any Air Jordan rotation.

Air Jordan 5 “Pinnacle”

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Jordan Brand is reprising their super-upscale, super-premium Pinnacle line-up with the 5, which looks to be done up in olive and tan leather. The last Pinnacle model was a 6 in gold and white, but they were a little too ostentatious to wear, except maybe for Rick Ross.

adidas NMD “OG”

There’s little argument to doubt that the adidas NMD is the most significant, most influential sneaker of 2016. The Three Stripes is aware of how coveted they are, and have very cleverly held out on re-releasing the OG colorway. In 2017, they’re letting the floodgates loose with the first reissue of the first-ever NMD. If you weren’t around to cop when they first dropped, watch out for next year.

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adidas Ultra Boost 3.0

The third installment of adidas’ flagship runner has actually already released this December, but will surely only peak in 2017, when they start dropping some real colorways. The 3.0 (which, honestly, looks much better than the 2.0) bear a much more substantial knit for the upper, which should make for some pretty interesting color combinations.

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Air Jordan 4 “Royalty”

Black with gold accents on the Air Jordan 4 look a little like the inverse of the Air Jordan 4 “Pure Money, which are white with chrome accents.

Air Jordan 4 “Pure Money”

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Speaking of which, the Pure Money 4s are also rumored for a 2017 retro, so you might just be able to match the Royalty 4s up.

Air Jordan 13 “Black Cat”

The all-black  is a recurring theme in Air Jordan colorways—it’s a reference to one of Michael Jordan’s nicknames: The Black Cat. Previously, only the 4 and the 6 have had Black Cat colorways, but next year, the 13 will join their ranks.

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Air Jordan 12 “OVO Black”

2016 saw two OVO releases: the Black 10s and the White 12s. But the best of them is yet to come—the Black 12s are rumored for a release on the next NBA All-Star Weekend, so Drake fans have much to be excited about.

Air Jordan 6 “Chameleon”

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An iridescent green Air Jordan 6 is also rumored to release on the next All-Star weekend, but we’re confident that these will be overshadowed by the OVO 12s.

Air Jordan 13 “Flint”

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The iconic blue colorway of the 13s, which debuted in 1998 and was last retroed in 2010, is back for another round.

Air Jordan 13 “Cherry”

It might just be the year of the Air Jordan 13, as the Cherry colorway (also known as the Chicago colorway) is also rumored to return next year. 

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Air Jordan 12 Low “Playoffs”

The low-top version of the OG colorway of the 12s—one of the more fashion-forward Air Jordan colorways, is coming back next year.

Nike Air Shake Ndestrukt


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The Dennis Rodman Nikes are finally back, after over 20 years. Two OG colorways of these are set to drop next year: black and white-and-red.

adidas Basketball Yeezy

The brand with the three stripes announced earlier this year that they would be expanding the Yeezy brand—standalone stores, a dedicated team of designers, more signature shoes. Among these announcements was that a Yeezy basketball sneaker was coming in 2017. No photos have yet surfaced, but if this is to be believed, Kanye West would be quite possibly the first non-athlete to have a signature shoe for a sport he doesn’t play professionally.

Nike Dunk Low SB “Supa”

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One of Nike SB’s most iconic Dunks is done in white, orange, and blue—a colorway designed for pro skater Danny Supa in 2002. Supa himself announced via Facebook Live that they would be coming back in 2017, but it is unclear if this will be in the form of a Dunk High (which Nike SB has done to other classic colorways before), or if it will return true-to-form, as a Dunk Low (which would be the first-ever reissue of a classic Dunk SB colorway).

atmos x Nike Air Max 1

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Last Air Max Day, Nike asked the world to vote for their favorite pair of Air Max 1s. The winner, of course, was the atmos Air Max 1s—a collaboration with Japanese streetwear brand atmos from 2007, and one of the model’s greatest colorways. As a result, the atmos 1s will be back next Air Max Day--March 26, 2017. This should go down as one of the very few times in 2016 that an electorate actually got something right. 

adidas Gazelle Super

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Hot off its success this year, the Gazelle is returning in 2017 with a new iteration—the Gazelle Super, which features a neat little branding tab on the upper, as well as a slimmer toe box. Let’s just hope that it also means more colorways.

Nike Air Max 97

The AIr Max 97 is one of the lesser-known models to bear the Air Max name, yet aficionados consider it to be one of the greatest (and easily the greatest non-Tinker Hatfield Air Max ever). The futuristic design of the 97 took inspiration from Japanese bullet trains, and is without a doubt ahead of its time. As it celebrates its 20th anniversary next year, Nike is surely gearing up for a big AM97 campaign. A few select retailers already dropped it just a few days ago, but a full-scale release will come next year.

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Reebok Shaq Attaq

Shaquille O'Neal's signature Reeboks, which haven’t been around since 2014, are back for another round next year.

Air Jordan 4 “Bred”

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The Air Jordan 4 will be seeing a stellar year in 2017, as even the OG colorway will be hitting shelves—with Nike Air Branding to boot. The Bred 4s were last seen in 2012, which puts a 2017 release five years apart.

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