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What does the future hold for sneaker design? If recent releases from Gucci, New Balance, and Balenciaga are anything to go by, we’d hazard a guess at variations on the current chunky sole trend.

As we wait for those brands and other big hitters to drop their next pieces, feast your eyes on these futuristic offerings from Prada, Swear and Golden Goose. Looking to lead the next footwear wave, each silhouette, while certainly chunky, also fuses elements of robotics and engineering with different approaches to color and detailing.

Half of our selection abandons lace fastening in favor of sock knit or bold straps, with clear soles clearly a popular design choice. Varying between high- and low-tops, colorways, and fabrics, these statement silhouettes are playful, bold, and, most importantly, looking forward to the future.

Check out the list below and follow the links to buy.

Cloudbust Sneakers

Prada

$690

Cloudbust Sneakers

Prada

$690

Air 3

Swear

$520

Sneakers

UGLYWORLDWIDE x SWEAR

$520

Air 2

Swear

$585

Skate Dip Superstar

Golden Goose

$339

V-Star Dip Sneakers

Golden Goose

$323

High 3.0 Sneakers

Off-White™

$780