2017 was another big year in sneakers that included some exclusive drops as well as a few classic collaborative releases.
While Kanye West continued to do his thing, it was Virgil Abloh that took over by dropping a 10 sneaker collab with Nike, and literally flipped the sneaker world upside-down. KAWS also added to the craziness of 2017 with two highly demanded Air Jordan 4s.
With that being said, here’s our Top 10 Sneaker Releases of 2017. Let us know what your list was in the comments section.
10. ATMOS X NIKE AIR MAX 1 “ELEPHANT PRINT”
The original atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Elephant Print” made its return in 2017 that was a remake of the original 2006 “Zoo Pack” release.
9. ADIDAS YEEZY POWERPHASE “CALABASAS”
Kanye West popularized a retro adidas training shoe from the late 1980s to give the sneaker world his version, the adidas Yeezy PowerPhase “Calabasas” that debuted back in June.
8. STAPLE X NIKE SB DUNK LOW “BLACK PIGEON”
After 12 long years, the “Pigeon” Nike SB Dunk Low made its triumphant return. This time the iconic release returned in an all-Black colorway.
7. ADIDAS YEEZY BOOST 350 V2 “ZEBRA”
In my opinion one of the better adidas Yeezy Boost 350 V2 releases was the “Zebra” colorway due to its simple Black and White color tone that can be worn with literally anything.
6. FEAR OF GOD X VANS ERA 95
Jerry Lorenzo’s, Fear Of God, brought his latest Vans Collection to ComplexCon 2017 before releasing to the public. Out of the four, the Vans Era 59 in White and Black was our winner.
5. AIR JORDAN 1 OG “ROYAL”
Jordan Brand took the original Air Jordan 1 “Royal” and gave them the remastered makeover with a mix of smooth and premium textured leather. Putting them in the Top 5 was only right.
4. AIR JORDAN 1 “GOLD TOP 3”
Union in Los Angeles first introduced the Gold “Top 3” Air Jordan 1 at ComplexCon 2017 that was limited to 1,000 pairs. If you have these, consider yourself lucky.
3. OFF-WHITE X AIR JORDAN 1
Virgil Abloh’s, Off-White brand, and Nike come together to bring us “The Ten” Collection which was divided into two themes. The “REVEALING” and the “GHOSTING.” This Air Jordan 1 delivered in all aspects, which is why it comes in at number 3.
2. KAWS X AIR JORDAN 4
While there were two KAWS x Air Jordan 4 releases, the Black pair was our personal favorite that debuted during the holiday season.
1. OFF-WHITE X NIKE AIR PRESTO
By far, Virgil Abloh’s Off-White x Nike Air Presto is hands down our number 1 sneaker release of 2017. A shoe that’s stylish and can be worn for any occasion. We’re defiantly looking forward to what’s to come from Off-White and Nike in 2018.
NIKE ZOOM FLY SP
Inspired by the Nike Zoom VaporFly Elite that was worn by Eliud Kipchoge who was 25 seconds away from breaking the two-hour mark. The Nike Zoom Fly SP was a takedown version that offers a true performance sneaker with a lifestyle edge.
ADIDAS NMD HU TRAIL “N.E.R.D”
Another ComplexCon exclusive that was limited to only 300 pairs was Pharrell’s adidas NMD Hu Trail “N.E.R.D” release. This adidas NMD was a no-brainer and easily became one of the most-hyped releases at ComplexCon 2017.