These Sneakers Are The Next Stan Smiths

by Melanie Richtman

If you didn't see how huge Adidas' Stan Smith sneakers were this year, then you might have been living under a rock for the entirety of 2016. But one style of tennis shoe cannot reign supreme forever, and I have a hunch these sneaker styles will be big in 2017, possibly even bigger than 2016's Stan Smiths.

It seemed like everywhere you turned, someone was wearing Stan Smiths or something similar. But a new year means a new trend, and you can almost bet that Stan Smiths will quickly be replaced by an even cooler sneaker for 2017.

Some of the biggest sneaker trends in 2016 revolved around celebrity designs, like Kanye's Yeezy Boosts or Rihanna's Puma Creepers, and I imagine these will continue to remain popular for the next year — the only problem is that it's nearly impossible to get your hands on a pair of these trendy kicks since they routinely sell out instantly.

Plenty of high end designers included cool sneakers in their Spring 2017 collections, like Alexander Wang's fringe high tops and DKNY's chunky platform sneaker/boot hybrids, so you can safely assume that your feet will be comfortable for at least another year, as sneakers will be trendy for the foreseeable future.

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Here are seven sneaker styles that will be the next Stan Smiths for 2017.

1. Knit Allbirds


Women's Wool Runners, $95, All birds

These wool knit shoes are super comfortable and breathable. They're sure to be big in 2017.

2. Pom Pom Sneakers


Arian, $240, Here Now Shop

Assuming the '90s are still going strong, these cute pom pom sneakers are totally going to be a hit.

3. Fringe Sneakers


ASOS Drama Suede Fringe Sneakers, $25, ASOS

If Alexander Wang makes fringe sneakers, then you know they're going to be cool. This ASOS pair is actually affordable.

4. Platform Sneakers

Urban Outfitters

Jeffrey Campbell Rainbow Platform Sneaker, $70, Urban Outfitters

If you pay any attention to street style, you'll have noticed that platforms have been making a comeback. Platform sneakers are the perfect way to get a little extra height while still being comfortable. A win-win.

5. The Adidas Gazelle Sneaker


Adidas Originals Gazelle Sneaker, $80, Urban Outfitters

A somewhat more subtle version of the Adidas Stan Smiths or the Adidas Superstar, the Gazelle is sure to take the lead in the fam for 2016.

6. Embroidered Floral Sneakers


Converse x Patbo Chuck Taylor All Star High Top, $80, Nike

How cute are these floral chucks? Enough said.

7. Sneakerboots


Nike Roshe Two High Sneakerboot, $120, Urban Outfitters

If we learned anything from Spring 2017 fashion shows, it's that sneakerboots have a lot of potential for 2017, and this Nike pair looks cool and comfortable.