Just like a sequel to a movie, a sequel to a shoe is often highly anticipated. Whether the original model was a success or not, a sequel is a way for brands to keep the hype behind the shoe alive by improving on what doesn’t work and keeping the elements that do work.
In the last couple of years, we’ve witnessed the arrival of some game-changing performance sneakers. Better yet, in just a relatively short amount of time, footwear brands have introduced follow-up models—some that feature minor changes, and others that have gone complete overhauls for the sake of performance enhancement. Here’s a look at some of the more notable shoes from recent years, along with the sequels they have set the stage for.