There’s no doubt about it: 2018 was the year of It sneakers, with brands such as Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton and Fila upgrading the humble chunky shoe style to new levels of cult obsession. They were flashy, satisfyingly unsexy and the fashion crowd could not get enough of them.
Looking ahead to this year, however, the sneaker lineup is an altogether more eclectic bunch. While throwback label Sketchers still offers plenty of “ugly” trainer appeal, we also have some more subdued additions in the form of AllBirds, the woollen shoe brand seeking to combine style and comfort, and the plimsoll trend championed at fashion week by the likes of Margaret Howell.
It wouldn’t be a proper trainer trend roundup without a slightly bonkers addition, and for S/S 19, it’s the hiking sneaker. Spawned from the hiking boot trend, this hybrid look can be seen in Gucci’s Flashtrek line, all of which come with mountain-ready chunky soles and thick laces. Prepare to see this style springing up across the high street this season.
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