I've always been thoroughly into sneakers, but it wasn't until I tallied up my online-shopping purchases of 2021 (so far) that I felt the term sneakerhead adequately applied. Since the beginning of January, six new pairs have made their way into my collection, and my thirst for them hasn't stopped yet. I'd usually be going hard on the sandal front this close to spring, but the newest sneaker releases have tempted me too much to look elsewhere. My work-from-home uniform consists of some type of joggers or jeans, so a flashy sneaker feels like the perfect complement.
The sneaker section is the first place I visit whenever I'm scanning my favorite online shops like Ssense and Net-a-Porter, so you already know I'm well versed on which styles are worth investing in. It's a vast market, so I've broken it down by trends and styles. Looking for something of-the-moment? There's an upcoming Air Jordan 1 release guaranteed to get the hypebeasts' heads turning. Want a pair that will never go out of style? You can't go wrong with Common Projects' leather sneakers or the perpetually cool Nike Air Force 1. Whatever your vibe, keep scrolling to peep the full list.
Limited editions and collab shoes will always capture our attention, but these classic styles deserve permanent status in your collection. They're mostly under $100, so you don't have to be so precious with them either.
Controversial opinion: High-tops are for a very specific person. Personally, I've never owned a ton of them (I'm not a fan of the way they look on my legs), but Converse's Hiker and Nike's Blazer Mid have both really made me reconsider my stance. The low Air Jordan 1s have been my go-to silhouette, but for this year, I'm thinking about buying a high-top version.
Calling all hypebeasts. This one is for you. If you manage to score any of these limited colorways or collaborations, count yourself lucky. Traditionally an outdoorsy brand, Salomon has gained a cult following with its new collection of lifestyle sneakers. It recently launched at Matches, so I predict it's the next It sneaker poised to blow up. Margiela's Tabi sneaker in collaboration with Reebok is another style gaining a lot of traction.
For those who prefer the finer things in life, these designer sneakers will cover all the bases. While spending more doesn't necessarily equate to better quality, these designs feel unique, so they're worth the splurge.