First released as a lifestyle sneaker 1996, it’s apparent FILA’s Disruptor II, Footwear News’ 2018 Sneaker Of The Year, is the late bloomer of the sneaker community. The prior three years saw hype and hard-to-purchase shoes take the SNOY title—The Jordan 1 from Virgil Abloh’s “The Ten,” Rihanna’s Creeper with PUMA and Kanye West’s Yeezy Boost. Interestingly, The Disruptor II broke a few trends for award. First, it’s a 22-year old silhouette without a celebrity tied to it. Second, it’s more popular among women (though worn by men), and while you could make the same argument about the Creepers, Rihanna was the first woman to get awarded Sneaker Of The Year ever—so, this is definitely a new concept between both sneakers. Lastly, the Disruptor to is extremely accessible. While you’d have to be an avid sneakerhead or a Rihanna fanatic to land any pair from Abloh’s “The Ten”, Yeezys or Creepers, The Disruptor IIs were not selling out and landing on resale pages at five times the retail price. The basic colorways are available for $60 to $65, and they’re available everywhere from Barney’s to Zumiez, Sears and Urban Outfitters.

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