The sneaker craze that’s dominated the last few years is showing no sign of dying down. At the Fashion Month that just ended, editors, influencers, and buyers laced up their best sneakers to go watch models wearing yet more sneakers walk down the runway. What’s changed for 2020 is the variety. In our post–Stan Smiths, post–dad sneakers world, there’s no one sneaker trend that feels overwhelming or obligatory. Right now, there are so many styles out there that you can easily find one that speaks to your own individual taste.
Below, we’ve rounded up the 28 best sneakers to buy right now, no matter your style. Scroll down for everything from new ecofriendly sneakers to puffy platforms and old-school throwbacks.
The Best Sneakers If You’re Ecoconscious
Right now, we’re seeing more and more sneakers made from more sustainable materials, like post-consumer recycled polyester and responsibly produced leather.
Everlane’s newish Court sneaker is made of leather from a gold-certified tannery that promises its practices are environmentally friendly. The sole is almost 94 percent free of virgin plastic, and the lining is 100 percent recycled polyester.
The linings, laces, and labels of these colorful dad sneakers are made from recycled polyester. The suede is chrome-free, which means it’s produced in a way that doesn’t allow metals to leach into the local water supply. And the inserts are made from a combination of EVA foam and BLOOM algae, so even if you buy them in pink, they’re literally green.
French brand Veja has really cornered the sustainable-sneaker market (with a little help from Meghan Markle). This white pair is made from ethically sourced materials like wild Amazonian rubber for the soles and responsibly produced leather for the upper. They’re part of Net-a-Porter’s Net Sustain program, which showcases pieces made in a way that considers human, animal, and environmental welfare.
The Best Trendy Sneakers
Whether they’re remixed classics or a completely new style, these are the sneakers that make it clear you’re paying attention to trends. Dad sneakers are still having a moment, but in a way that isn’t so literal (think less Larry David, more off-duty Princess Diana). And chunky soles can literally take your outfit to another level without being too flashy.
The Best Classic Sneakers
Fact: A pair of Chucks or Vans will never go out of style. Wear them with virtually anything in your closet to run errands or meet your friends for brunch. They’re even cool when they’re all beat up because it proves you’ve had them for ages. And the best part about them is that they’ll never break the bank.
You don’t need to be either chill or a skater to look cute in chill skater shoes, thank goodness. If basic black bores you, check out the brand’s collaboration with downtown designer Sandy Liang, too.
The Best High-Performance Sneakers
The ultrasleek, futuristic-looking sneakers do double duty, combining well-researched performance technology and a street-style aesthetic. They’re breathable, flexible, and look really cool. You can wear them to work out, but you don’t have to — they’re perfect for anyone whose job requires a lot of running around.
The Best Sneakers for Fashion Girls
Last but not least, here are the sneakers for anyone who wants to be able to answer the question “Are those Balenciaga?” without having to say a word. Read on for the luxury sneakers that fashion people are excited about right now.
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