My Friend Asked Me for Sneaker Recs—22 Styles I'd Suggest as a Shopping Expert


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As the go-to fashion person in my friend group, It's not uncommon for my friends to lean on me for a range of fashion, shopping, and styling advice. Pinpointing the perfect closet staples, highlighting affordable basics, and even giving them retailer-specific advice—I've done it all. The most recent inquiry from a friend was to recommend the best sneakers on the internet, so I did just that.

I took to some of my favorite retailers to fulfill this ask, including Shopbop, Nordstrom, and StockX. I dug through the virtual aisles of these sites, and I was able to handpick high-quality sneakers that would make my friends and anyone else excited. Keep scrolling to uncover my list of the best sneakers online. Maybe a new favorite pair of trainers awaits you.


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Adidas had a big moment last year. The brand's soccer-style sneakers, Sambas and Gazelles, dominated our social feeds for much of 2023 and will continue to do so in 2024. You can score the most basic black-and-white styles or one of the higher-ticket collabs, such as the Wales Bonner style. 

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Nikes are consistently in the zeitgeist, but right now, Cortez and Gamma Force styles are what fashion folks are talking about. Style your Nikes with fun socks to add a bit of personality to your looks. 

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While Onitsuka Tiger's yellow-and-black Kill Bill colorway has been the reigning champ for trendy sneakers among the fashion crowd, the silver pair has also become quite popular.

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New Balance has always done retro sneakers well. The brand reissued its vintage-style basketball sneakers, the 550s, and they've been a favorite among editors and WWW readers alike. 

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Cute performance sneakers have been all the rage—first Salomon and now Asics. Whether you're looking to run long distances or style the cutest look, running sneakers might be worth a shot. These Asics are stunning and look extra cute with leg warmers or slouchy socks. 

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Associate Shopping Editor
Chinazor "Chichi" Offor is a Georgia-born, Los Angeles–based associate editor and model who has recently relocated from Brooklyn, New York, and joined Who What Wear's West Coast offices. For WWW, she utilizes her love of personal style to dish out shopping advice to the masses.After graduating from the University of Georgia's Grady College of Journalism, Chichi moved to Brooklyn and began hustling to make it in the NYC media world. Before landing at WWW, she spent some time at Vice Media Group, where she helped revolutionize Refinery29's plus-size and inclusive fashion coverage and even co-hosted a summer styling series. Prior to R29, she supported Bustle Digital Group's commerce team and freelanced for various publications.Chichi is a multi-passionate, pop culture–obsessed television and music lover who enjoys a good concert and a yummy meal just as much as she loves analyzing cultural trends and throwing together a solid outfit. After work, you can probably find her bopping around the best L.A. restaurants talking about her latest ADHD-fueled hyper-fixation (e.g., Jesse McCartney's underrated career, TikTok black hole discoveries, and theories on the emo-rock music revival).