Up until recently, if you spotted sneakers in any fashion capacity, nine times out of 10, they were a pair from New Balance—either 990v5s or 550s. But after one too many sightings of a new, fresher-looking sneaker style on street style stars, runway models, and Instagram influencers alike, I'm beginning to think a changing of the guards is upon us. And of course, the charge is led by Bella Hadid.
On Friday, the supermodel was spotted leaving the gym in New York City wearing an oversize Nike polo shirt as a dress, mid-calf athletic socks, and a pair of bright-red Salomon hiking-and-running sneakers. Her pair, called the XT-4 Advanced Sneakers, features a drawstring closure and costs just under $250, with prices ranging from $210 to $242. Given Hadid's influential status, her exact colorway sold out pretty much immediately. (On GOAT, pairs are selling for up to $400.) Luckily, there are plenty of other shades still on the market.
But Hadid isn't the only unofficial ambassador of the outdoorsy sneakers. Not only has the French brand received stamps of approval by It girls like New York City–based stylist and editor Michelle Li and Copenhagen-based stylist Emili Sindlev, but it's also made its way to the runway. During New York Fashion Week, Instagram-favorite designer Sandy Liang paired tiny cardigans, satin miniskirts, and low-rise cargo pants with Salomon sneakers, thus ensuring them a long future in the industry—and our wardrobes.
Ahead, shop Hadid's go-to sneakers for 2021 and more gorpcore styles.
On Emili Sindlev: Prada earrings; Louis Vuitton bag; Salomon sneakers
Shop Hadid's Sneakers in Other Colors
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Shop More Gorpcore Sneakers I Love
You'll never again have to pack separate workout and fashion sneakers if you have a pair of these.
Another argument for using drawstrings as opposed to laces.
Salomon isn't the only brand bringing gorpcore styles into fashion. Balenciaga, too, loves an outdoorsy sneaker silhouette.
A new kind of dad sneakers.
As an On loyalist, I can say with certainty that these are a must.
Next, read about the eight biggest shoe trends of fall 2021.
Eliza Huber is a New York City–based fashion editor who specializes in trend reporting, brand discovery, and celebrity style. She joined Who What Wear in 2021 after almost four years on the fashion editorial team at Refinery29, the job she took after graduating with a marketing degree from the University of Iowa. She has since launched two monthly columns, Let's Get a Room and Ways to Wear; profiled the likes of Dakota Fanning, Diane Kruger, Katie Holmes, and Sabrina Carpenter for WWW's monthly cover features; and reported on everything from the relationship between Formula One and fashion to the top trends from fashion month, season after season. Eliza now lives on the Upper West Side and spends her free time researching F1 fashion imagery for her side Instagram accounts @thepinnacleoffashion and @f1paddockfits, running in Central Park, and scouring eBay for '90s Prada and '80s Yves Saint Laurent.
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