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Style / January 2021
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor

New Year, New Shoes

From cutting-edge to classic design, these shoe styles are coming in hot this season.

Get ready to kick off the New Year with fashion’s perennial “It” shoe: the sneaker. With athletic roots and directional detailing, sneakers are the perfect fit for these intensely casual times. There’s no stopping the creativity and fun being pumped into all the iterations of 2021’s low-key styles. From shiny new collabs to reissues of retro silhouettes, the season of the sneaker has arrived. Find your new look, here.

Next-Gen Greatness 

Flipping the script on everything you thought you knew about sneakers, the line-up of new kicks coming down the pipeline is unexpected and elevated. Case in point: The Nano X iO takes all the vibes from the iconic training shoe family and raises it to another level, showcasing the phenomenal construction with exterior stitching in inspired color-ways and offering high-impact support with a high-fashion attitude. 
Another member of the new generation in footwear fams, the Zig Kinetica, is a major disrupter. The style evolves the Zig Energy System and Energy Shell that fans love, while the color-centric design pushes a future-forward mood. Pairing bold style with major Zig technology, this sneaker is perfect for your active life and pretty smart for your downtime, too. 

Calling All Collabs

Few collaborations come more major than the team-up with Cardi B. Expressing the rapper’s unapologetically extra attitude, the Coated Club C Double features chunky stacked soles and high-drama shine that will help you get the attention you deserve. 
No one knows how to take athleisure to high-fashion heights better than Victoria Beckham, who teams up with Reebok for the year ahead with an inspired edit of sneakers (and apparel) that really elevate your look. The VB Dual Court II wraps the designer’s signature sleek minimalism in an iconic metallic silver finish, producing a shoe that’s elegant, effortless and statement-making. 

Active Essentials 

The innovative technology in these amped-up styles promises to help you hit a PR, but these kicks are just as comfortable accessorizing your casual strolls as they are sprinting around the track. A heavyweight in this category, the Zig Dynamica features a ZigTech outsole that helps disperse energy and cushion your stride. Made with recycled and repurposed materials, this sneaker comes in a delicious assortment of color ways. 
In the urban adventure realm, the Zig Kinetica Edge is like a Leatherman: multifunctional, high quality and low drama. Its utilitarian features make it ideal for the trails, track or just hanging out. It’s also weather-resistant for 365-days-a-year fun. 
Floatride fans, get ready for Forever Floatride Grow. Powered by 50 percent or more plant-based materials and boasting responsive cushioning like its award-winning Floatride Energy cousin, Floatride Grow is all about high performance and sustainability. 

Classics Reimagined

These nostalgic kicks deliver a blast from the past, but updated materials and technology are firmly future-focused. Think Classic Leather (rock the look in white, white/gum, black or black/gum) or explore reissued pieces revamped for truly modern times.
You really can’t put a foot wrong having a pair or two of Classic Leather Legacy sneakers in your wardrobe. Inspired by the ’70s running shoe, the styles for both men and women are unabashedly bold. Or go for the Classic Leather Legacy Pure, a one-off colorful update guaranteed to set your feet apart from the crowd.
If the ’80s are your decade, the Classic Nylon is your shoe. With its monochromatic tones and contrast side stripes, this pair is as comfortable with your jeans as it is with your joggers. 
And finally, no sartorial stroll down memory lane would be complete without a little Club C action. The Club C 85 Model Vintage takes the Club C down to its pure essence with the clean lines and minimalism you’re coveting right now. If you want to brighten things up a little, opt for a pop of color as demo-ed in the Club C 85

Technical Specs

The sneaker geek category is unashamedly techie and obsessively functional. While all the sneakers trending for 2021 are infused with high-spec capabilities, the ones here highlight the latest sneaker innovations. 
The Instapump has been a Reebok icon for many years. Now reimagined for the trails, the outdoor-inspired Fury Trail shoes add a fierce hiking aesthetic into the mix. A rugged gum rubber outsole provides serious traction, while proprietary cushioning technology ensures you are comfortable and supported whatever your activity. 
Sport meets street in the Pump Court Shoes, emblazoned with street art-inspired stickers. A front-and-center pump allows you to inflate the shoe for the most cushioned, customized fit ever. 
And rounding out your must-have picks for 2021, the Legacy Lifter II is a weightlifter’s dream. The shoe is designed with a sturdy adjustable strap and dramatically raised heel that stabilizes you in your squat position, making these kicks a fashion statement as well as a functional necessity you’ll want in your collection this year. 

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Style / January 2021
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor