5 Sneaker Styles Every Wardrobe Needs

Hit the streets in the latest need-to-know sneaker trends.
By Natasha Marsh

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Dad Sneakers

Despite the rise and fall of normcore, its influence lives on: chunky kicks (think of your dad’s go-to athletic pairs from the ‘80s and ‘90s) still remain an essential part of every tastemaker’s lineup. The latest It pairs come from buzzy heritage brands like Asics and New Balance, according to Shopbop Fashion Director Caroline Maguire. As for modern ways to wear this sneaker trend? Maguire recommends teaming your favorite shearling with a normcore sneaker for colder days, and with Bermuda shorts when it’s hot.

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Skater Sneakers

Proof that the Y2K trend is still going strong: the skater shoes that ruled the ‘00s are now a go-to choice for style setters today. (Consider them the perfect pairing to baggy jeans and halter tops). Maguire describes the modern skate sneaker as cool, vintage-inspired, and often sporting gummy soles. Look to brands like Vans, Golden Goose, New Balance, and R13 for fun, elevated takes on this sneaker trend. One thing’s for sure: off-duty skater style has never looked so high fashion.

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Court Sneakers

The throwback kicks on everyone’s feet right now: a crisp white sneaker, featuring a rubber sole and low-top canvas or leather uppers. First seen on basketball courts in the ‘80s, the now-ubiquitous tennis shoe boasts fresh textures, streamlined silhouettes & cool logos, making them an essential high-style staple in every wardrobe. Brands like ACNE, Stella McCartney, Reebok, New Balance, and Autry make great modern renditions of the classic footwear silhouette. For a right-now look, lace them up with cropped jeans or elevated sweatpants.

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High-Top Sneakers

These over-the-ankle pairs also got their start in sports, but today, the vibe is more fun than functional. These trendy sneakers add just the right amount of laid-back nostalgia to any outfit… proving that you can have impeccable style without trying too hard. The vintage-style ‘80s shoes (think: Chuck Taylors) look even more the part when they’re a little lived-in—so don’t be afraid of a few scuffs here and there. This year, Maguire predicts more classic, timeless high-tops will be on trend. Brands like Converse, Isabel Marant, Golden Goose, Reebok, and R13 all make great iterations.

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Athletic Sneakers

From running laps to running errands, look no further than the performance sneaker. A new favorite street-style trend among the fashion set, these running shoes take on a whole new personality when paired with cool-kid favorites like relaxed suiting, crisp denim, and standout outerwear. Maguire suggests adding On, APL, and adidas by Stella McCartney to your everyday sneaker lineup. Remember, there’s no such thing as too sporty: these tech-y runners will take you to the gym and beyond… and look great while doing it.