The 28 Best Sneakers for Women

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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 Court Sneaker

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.

Madewell Sidewalk Slip-On Sneakers in Recycled Canvas

Madewell’s sustainable slip-ons are made of recycled cotton canvas and naturally sourced rubber.

New Balance X Reformation X90 Sneakers

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.

Veja x Net Sustain V-12 Leather Sneakers

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.

OCA Low Green Canvas Sneakers

These tropical-inspired sneakers are made of fair-trade cotton and natural rubber in ethical factories in Brazil. Even the shipping process is carbon-neutral.

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.

Nike Air Force 1 SP

Air Force 1’s have been around since the ’80s, but this silver metallic colorway feels totally contemporary.

Nike Zoom X Vista Grind

These are for the most stylish of maximalists.

Converse Black Chuck Taylor Hi Chunky Sole Sneakers

If you only wear timeless styles, why not venture outside of your comfort zone with a chunky sole? They’re having kind of a moment.

Reebok x Gigi Hadid DMX 2200 Mesh and Leather Sneakers

These add a futuristic twist to the dad-sneaker trend.

Puma Future Rider Play On Sneaker

In the age of Instagram, bright colors are making a big impact.

Adidas Originals Off-White Ozweego Sneakers

You don’t have to be a hypebeast to wear these. They’re chunky and playful without being too in-your-face, thanks to the muted off-white color.

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.

Vans Old Skool Core Classics

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.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker

Whether you wear them sparkling clean or tossed around in the dirt, they are an unmatched classic.

Nike Daybreak Shell, Suede, and Leather Sneakers

Just add jeans and a T-shirt.

Reebok Lifestyle Classic Leather

You’re not just a mom. You’re a cool mom.

Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker

Stan Smiths look good with literally everything.

New Balance 574 Suede Sneaker

A little bit nerdy and a little bit cool.

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.

Outdoor Voices x HOKA Clifton

They’re comfortable, light, and have a unique design. The reviews on the Outdoor Voices website are full of raves, with fans saying they’re like walking on clouds.

Adidas by Stella McCartney Ultraboost S. Sneakers

Ultraboost sneakers are known for their functionality and breathability. With fun color blocking, you’ve never looked so stylish doing cardio.

Asics GEL-Kayano 5 360 Sneaker

Asics’s GEL technology gives you protective shock absorption and comfortable cushioning, and we like the icy-cool aesthetic.

Nike Air Vapormax Flyknit 3 Sneakers

You already know about Nike’s popular Flyknit. This version has it all: style, function, comfort, breathability, and a reasonable price tag.

APL Athletic Propulsion Labs TechLoom Pro Zebra-Print Calf Hair Sneakers

Have you ever seen a workout sneaker in a zebra-print calf hair? Just try not to drip sweat on them when you’re on the treadmill.

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.

Alexander McQueen Leather Exaggerated-Sole Sneakers

The British brand updated its ubiquitous sneakers with an exaggerated translucent sole.

Balenciaga Track Logo-Detailed Metallic Mesh and Rubber Sneakers

Balenciaga’s Triple S sneaker had the spotlight for a while, but it’s time for it to make room for this more performance-focused sibling.

Eytys Odessa Corrugated Rubber-Sole Canvas Trainers

Skater, but make it luxury.

Bottega Veneta Speedster Leather and Mesh Sneakers

Designer Daniel Lee has been making Bottega Veneta a designation for cool accessories, and his sneakers are some of the most coveted among industry insiders.

Acne Studios Brady Sneakers

Acne Studios’ spin on the Converse silhouette is for the nostalgic fashion lover.

Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers

Golden Goose is beloved by fancy Europeans and those who want to look like them. These are made in Italy and incorporate luxe details like dyed calf hair from France, cowhide leather, and a zebra print suede heel tab.

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