Just like death and taxes in the real world, there are two certainties in the sneaker world: Nike and adidas. Undoubtably, those two brands had another interesting year in 2018. But if you put the Swoosh and Team Trefoil to one side, you’ll notice plenty of other brands that were worth celebrating. Converse were huge, trail-ready runners became a staple, and smaller imprints like Rombaut and Eytys produced their fair share of fire.
As the curtain begins to close on this year, we’ve taken a look at some of the more underrated and unexpected hits that are yet to come, from brands that have played the foundations in 2018 to put them all in a great position to take things to the next level in 2019.
Here are the brands to look out for in 2019.