Last year took the sneaker industry to a whole new level; the hype was crazier than ever before, big names made bigger moves, and new guys made big moves too. Now, 2018 promises a plethora of great sneaker releases. But if you’re not one to wait around for, or press your luck with, the hype, there are a bunch of great shoes on the market right now.
With brands like Nike and adidas battling at heights unlike ever before, the two keep the market saturated with great kicks at all times. That doesn’t stop up-and-comers and steadfast classics from bringing their best to the battle, though. You don’t always have to spend $300+ on resold rarities to look your best—there are more than enough options that’ll still stand out.
If you’re interested in upping your collection, or replacing an old pair, here are some of the best new sneakers you should consider this season.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High ’70 Heritage
Converse continues to prove that not all Chucks are created equal. These felt Chucks are a part of the new “‘70 Heritage” pack. They’re stiffer, almost boot-like and look nothing like the broken-in kicks you think of when you hear “Chucks.” $95
Nike Air VaporMax Chukka
These chukkas carry a similar silhouette as the Off-White x Nike Ten collaboration without the steep upcharge and the limited availability. The air bubble is loud, the color scheme is modern, and the accented heel is reminiscent of the Off-White collaboration’s more industrial notes. $220
Asics x Highs & Lows Gel-Mai Submariner
These Asics look like repurposed SCUBA gear in the best way possible. The thick heel holds the shoe’s low, submarine-like body. The tubing draped around the heel and into the lining is oxygen-tank-like and the aqua-toned blues are the definition of seascape. $150
adidas Originals Stan Smith PK
Everyone loves Stan Smiths. But, it’s tough to steer clear of meme-dom when you and your friends all wear yours at the same time. Step ahead of the pack and get a pair of Stans that stick out—like adidas’ new primeknit, logoless, red pair. This premium edition boasts some similarities to luxury remakes, but they won’t cost you a fortune. $110
NikeLab Zoom Fly SP Shanghai
This is the modern runner’s dream. The speed-inspired graphics disguise the shoe’s padded structure that leads upward into a tight collar. The outer detailing is stitched, so it’ll withstand a couple hundred (if you’re up for it) miles. $180
New Balance Trailbuster AT
Consider these the coolest low-top hiking boots you could ever own. They’re a chocolatey, rich red color; they have thick, rope-like laces; and the outsole is razor-edged and off-white. There are industrial eyelets and a leather tongue, making them look rugged and forest-ready. $72
NikeLab Air Max Woven Boot QS
These sneaker-boots are made for the urban jungle. Their shaded silhouette hides a woven body, patent leather eyestays, and a ridged heel. The outsole and its upper are bubbly and they toe the line between business and basketball with ease. $200
Nike Air Footscape NM
These are Nikes for art students. The quilted outer, from a distance, resembles luxury brands like Visvim and Balenciaga. The color scheme is prime mismatch-chic, and their comfortability rivals expensive running shoes. $90
NikeLab x Riccardo Tisci Air Force 1 Retro
These may be a little out of the preferred price range, but a Tisci collaboration doesn’t pop up all that often. These limited edition Air Force 1s are ’70s-centric and perfectly high-fashion. They’re something off the runway someone would actually wear. $275
adidas Originals Handball Top
Imagine the headline: “The United States Handball Team Is America’s Best Dressed Bunch.” You click the link, scroll down a bit, and see the team photo. On the feet of each player are these low-top, rubber-soled, red, white, and blue shoes. You get jealous and seek out your own pair. Here’s that pair. $100