Okay, so it’s not breaking news that sneakers are officially high fashion now. For the past few years, Instagram feeds and editorial have both been flooded with creative new ways to wear sneakers. And designers have followed, with everyone from Gucci to Prada to Louis Vuitton hopping on the signature sneaker train. Don’t worry – we’re here to break down every wave of the Great Sneaker Trend. Up first? Retro.
Everything old is new again, as we like to say around these parts. Nowhere is that truer than with the titans of sportswear. Nike,
Reebok Classic Nylon Sneakers, $60
Avoid falling prey to nurse shoes with this Reebok classic – a comfortable yet current option. Pair with skinny jeans, white blouse, and a statement bag.
Nike Cortez Classic Premium, $110
The Cortez is one of the very first sneakers Nike came out with, and is having a bit of a renaissance. It was also the shoe that Forrest Gump ran across America in. The silhouette has stood the test of the time and can look as fashion-forward as anything sent down the runway.
Nike brought the Air Max 97 back in the last few years, and ever since they’ve been on the feet of every major Instagram fashion since. The wavy lines make it undeniably cool and retro but still futuristic – pair with cropped flares or your favorite mom jeans.
One of the best trends in the game, rose gold isn’t going anywhere soon. And this is the subtle, elevated way to do it. The neutral leather and clean lines make this perfect with a sleek suit,
The traditional soccer shoe is having a moment, with many of the old Adidas models inspiring Margiela’s current crop of sneakers. This sleek black pair with the gum sole is the best of high fashion with a low price tag.
Adidas Superstar Leopard Sneakers, $90
Hop on the leopard trend with this classic update of the Adidas Superstar.