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Year after year, sneakers have been slowly—but surely—taking over footwear. What was once a shoe only worn by athletes and sports enthusiasts has turned into a full-blown fashion zeitgeist. And while heels, sandals and mules are all wardrobe must-haves for this season, there’s just something about the summer sneaker trends that makes them stand out from the rest. Perhaps it’s the fact that each trend is cute and comfortable, or maybe it’s knowing that they add up to endless street style possibilities. Either way, these trends are ridiculously good, so go ahead and clear out your shelves.
Because sneakers have seamlessly made their way into the fashion world, there are so many ways to shop for them right now. Sneakers aren’t just for working out anymore, people! They’re a major style must-have, approved by all your favorite retailers, brands and designers.
Of course, it’s likely you already have a pair of go-to sneakers in your wardrobe—but you can never go wrong with adding a few more. And once you feast your eyes upon all the sneaker trends for this season, you’re going to want to shop each and every one. From colorful vibes to printed takes on classic styles, there’s so much to love about these trends.
Leave last season in the dust (good riddance!) and move on to these impeccable sneaker trends. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about all the sneakers you’ll be seeing on Instagram—and hopefully in your closet—this season. Grab your comfiest socks and get ready to slip on these stylish sneaks and go.
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If you’re always keeping your eyes peeled on Instagram or taking note of any street style round-ups, you’ve likely already noticed that New Balance sneakers are having a moment. The shoe brand has so many incredible styles that aren’t just for your trips to the gym. It’s safe to say New Balance looks are here to stay in 2021, so you might as well stock up on a few pairs.
These sneakers come in a ton of colorways and I’m always down to play with color when it comes to my footwear. This pair of New Balances retails for $75 and are so comfortable, so you’ve been on the hunt for a good running shoe, this is the pair for you.
For a simple, can’t-miss New Balance sneaker, opt for the 990v5 Sneakers in this classic gray colorway. They’ll pair well with all of your street style looks; in fact, the brand often jokes that this style is “worn by supermodels in London and dads in Ohio.” TBH, I love both aesthetics.
Everyone and their mother owns a pair of iconic white Air Force 1s, and it’s likely you wore the shit out of them over the winter. No more! Instead of repurchasing your go-to, stick to the classic silhouette but pick out a more stylized option. Whether that’s one with crazy colors or a special-edition style, giving your Air Force 1s an upgrade will definitely help you stand out from the crowd.
Air Force 1 ’07 LV8 Sneakers
Sick of your usual white Air Force 1s? This splatter-painted pair from Nike should be at the top of your shopping list. Yes, these are pretty out-there when compared to the rest of the options on this list, but all of the different colors actually make these sneakers super easy to style.
Air Force 1 Shadow Sneaker
I love anything with a pastel accent so yes, I will be buying these Air Force 1s. We already know that pastel hues are one of 2021’s most popular viral trends on TikTok, but there’s something about this pink and blue combo that is so, so cool.
High-top sneakers are back in a big way this year. We’re talking about the same high kicks you’ve had since high school—those old faithfuls that you go back to over and over again without fail. Skip on the massively trendy brands and stick to the ones you know and love.
Sidewalk High-Top Sneakers
For an office-ready style, pick up these sneakers from Madewell. The neutral-feeling colorway makes them look more formal than your normal old pair of white kicks.
Vintage Floral Platform Chuck Taylor All-Star
Everyone’s favorite high-top sneaker is getting a much-needed refresh in 2021. If you thought Converse only came in basic colors like white, black or cream, I’m happy to announce that patterns have entered the chat. Case in point: This floral pair.
Sometimes, you just need a little color in your life. More specifically—you need some color on your sneakers. Color-blocked styles are massive right now because they instantly refresh even your most basic OOTD in one simple step (sneaker pun intended!). Shop options that come in a range of pastel hues or choose something a little brighter.
Future Rider Slash Sneakers
Pick your favorite shade in this pair of Puma sneakers and wear a dress in that same hue for a summery OOTD. You have a few different fun options to choose from, like lavender, pale blue or bright yellow.