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15 Of The Most Anticipated Sneakers Of 2016

A view of kicks to come.
by Miguel Escobar | Jan 13, 2016
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Looking back, 2015 was an excellent year for sneakerheads. We saw a good number of fine releases (which we’ve taken stock of and listed down before), and a fair share of full-scale sneaker events (e.g. Sole Slam 8, Sole Academy's Sneaker Carnival) that kept the local community involved in the culture. Some new sneaker boutiques opened up shop here in Metro Manila, and the older, more established ones showed us why they’re still around. It all left us with much to be excited about for the year to come.

Now that 2016 is here, some brands have been dropping full catalogues and subtle hints at the releases they have locked and loaded for the New Year...and it’s definitely shaping up to be a good one.

If you haven’t already spent your Christmas bonus on new shoes, now seems like a better time than any to set it aside for, well, new shoes. Go get your calendars and keep your fingers crossed—here are 15 of most hotly-anticipated sneaker releases that you’re going to want to keep tabs on for 2016.

adidas Futurecraft 3D

Slated for release: March to May 2016

The year 2015 was a strong one for adidas in terms of both style and innovation. The Three Stripes is continuing to make a push for the latter with the Futurecraft 3D—a concept shoe that debuted late last year and is now slated to release within the first half of 2016. By making it possible to create a sneaker using a 3D printer, adidas is looking to provide runners with the ultimate bespoke running shoe, printed for you based on your specific needs.

Air Jordan 5 "Metallic"

Slated for release: July 23, 2016

It doesn’t take a hardcore Jordanhead to see that the Metallic 5s are a great-looking pair of Js. But this year’s retro release of the same shoe packs something that the more savvy collectors can appreciate: OG Nike Air branding at the heel. Coupled with the shoe’s Remastered quality construction and materials, these 5s are already a candidate for the best of 2016.

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Air Jordan 14 "Indiglo"

Slated for release: TBA

The Indiglo 14s are an underrated colorway of a seldom-celebrated Air Jordan silhouette. Originally released in 1999, these 14s are real simple: solid black-and-white with minimal green accents. It’s a good look, and its relative obscurity gives you an edge over mainstream Air Jordan patrons.

Puma AutoDisc

Slated for release: TBA

The Nike MAG was all the rage back in October, but Puma actually beat Nike to the punch on Auto Lacing. The AutoDisc is set to be the first self-lacing shoe to release commercially, finally fulfilling our McFly-ian dreams (while also somehow tending to our Tron-related dreams).

Air Jordan 4 "Pinnacle"

Slated for release: TBA

Last year’s "Pinnacle" Jordan 1s were a huge hit. Despite the steep pricing (they retailed for just under P20,000 locally), their ultra-premium materials and craftsmanship had them flying off of shelves. This year looks to have an incredibly exciting ‘Pinnacle’ Jordan 4 in store for us—one done in a luxurious all-black upper with a crisp white sole.

Air Jordan 1 "Bred"

Slated for release: First half of 2016, according to rumors

It’s hard to say for sure, but if the Bred 1s drop this year, it’ll be mayhem. Remember when the "Banned" 1s caused a riot in 2011? That piece of history is bound to repeat itself if the OG-est of OG Jordans sees a 2016 release date.


adidas Tubular (various models)

Slated for release: TBA

Off of its breakout performance in 2015, the Tubular is back—and adidas has decided to spin it off into different directions. One of the many forms in which the Tubular will return is the Tubular Doom—something that looks straight out of Y-3 collections. It’s a prime indicator that the Three Stripes is going to continue its reign over the high fashion sportswear arena.

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Air Jordan 1 KO "Shadow"

Slated for release: February 6, 2016

Do you find yourself needing a new pair of beaters, but unwilling to go a day without wearing Jordans? The all-canvas, monochromatic Jordan 1 KO "Shadow" will do it for you, no question.

Nike Sock Dart 2016

Slated for release: Throughout 2016

It has only just begun for the Nike Sock Dart. The futuristic, minimal, and—needless to say—sock-like sneaker is dropping in a slew of clean, simple colorways. Following its success in 2015, one can only expect a lot more colorways to drop this year. Keep your fingers crossed for that all-black one you’ve been dreaming about.

Air Jordan 4 "White Cement"

Slated for release: February 2016

As one of the most iconic OG colorways in Air Jordan history, the "White Cement" 4s are also among those already poised to be among the greatest releases in the year. As with the Metallic 5s that are also set to release this year, "Nike Air" heel branding and Remastered quality makes these 4s even more covetable.

adidas Stan Smith "Suede"

Slated for release: Early 2016

The Stan Smith stays strong in 2016 by kicking the year off with some solid suede colorways. Whether you’re the swaglord looking to stunt in all-reds or the low-key type to go for the grey, navy, and white colorways, the suede pack is a plush rendition of a true classic.

Air Tech Challenge 2 QS "Australian Open"

Slated for release: January 2016

To commemorate the Australian Open kicking off this month, the Swoosh is dropping some classic tennis shoes. The Air Tech Challenge 2 returned in 2015 with the "Hot Lava" colorway, and will be back again this year, this time in tonal blue perforated suede.

Nike Darwin

Slated for release: Early 2016

In the event that you are a Dennis Rodman fan, you might recognize the name of these sneakers. But these aren’t the Nike Air Darwin of the '90s, which a certain rainbow-haired gentleman used to wear. These seem to be a cross between the Roshe Run and the Air Presto, both popular silhouettes of recent memory.

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adidas Originals Yeezy Boost

Slated for release: Early 2016

If there was any one shoe (or collection of shoes) that defined sneakerhead culture in 2015, it was the Yeezy Boosts. Kanye West’s prized creations were hype incarnate throughout the past 12 months, and with the recent release of his Nike diss track, "Facts," he doesn’t seem to show any sign of slowing down with adidas. A brown suede 750 with a gum sole is a particularly promising colorway in the horizon.

Vans "Year of The Monkey" Pack

Slated for release: January 2016

If you had forgotten about the appeal of Half Cabs and Sk8-His over the past year, you would be forgiven—the many sneaker releases of 2015 tend to overshadow Vans’ classics. But a look at their "Year of The Monkey" pack should serve as a potent reminder.


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