All the Sneakers I've Envied on Celebs Have One Thing in Common

As fun as it is to watch celebrities in dreamy couture gowns on the red carpet, it's their everyday street style that piques my interest most. I feel like the casual moments are where true personal style really shines through. I find myself saving more of these laid-back looks than the ultra-glam ones and have noticed a trend among my favorite celeb outfits: sneakers. 

Sneakers are the ultimate footwear choice when it comes to real-life celebrity outfits, and the pairs I've gravitated toward the most all have one very specific color scheme—black and white. I've always had a penchant for neutrals but didn't realize quite how much until I noticed all of the sneakers I've loved on celebs have some combination of black and white. Not only do these two hues pair perfectly together, but they also go with just about any outfit and feel cool without trying too hard. You'll see what I mean below. Keep scrolling to see the black-and-white sneakers both celebrities and I love. 


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On Dakota Johnson: Gucci Round-Frame Acetate Sunglasses With Star ($450); Apiece Apart pants; Vans Classic Slip-On Sneakers ($50)

Vans are as classic as sneakers get, and this black-and-white checkerboard pattern has been a cult favorite for years. It lends a cool skater-type edge to any outfit, making even jeans and a T-shirt feel directional. Checkerboard also happens to be fashion's favorite print at the moment, so you can expect to see these blow up even more this year. 


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On Rihanna: Vetements sweatsuit; Jordan Air Jordan 1 Retro Hi Union Sneakers ($2315)

Leave it to Rihanna to find the most enviable pair of sneakers on the planet. I feel like these retro Jordans would make even the most basic of outfits instantly head turning.


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On Dua Lipa: Puma Classic Suede Sneakers ($65)

These classic Pumas are another retro favorite that has seen a major resurgence as of late, and I'm partial to the way Dua Lipa styles hers—with tall socks and an all-black outfit. I may or may not be ordering these immediately. 


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On Elsa Hosk: Arket blazer, Bottega Veneta Mini Jodie Bag ($1790); ACNE Studios Black Bolzter Sneakers ($540)

Elsa Hosk is one of my style icons. Case in point: this cool blazer outfit. I love that she accented this minidress-blazer combination with an unexpected pair of funky sneakers and made me want said sneakers in the process. 


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On Emily Ratajkowski: Keds Champion Canvas Sneakers ($50) 

Keds are the perfect sleek, comfortable, and classic sneaker style, and this black version with pops of white detailing is the ideal pair of everyday shoes. They pair well with virtually everything without distracting from your outfit. 


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On Jennifer Lopez: Hermès Birkin Bag; The Kooples Slick Chunky High-Top Trainers ($294)

I never saw myself as a chunky-high-tops kind of person until I saw these on J.Lo. The thick sole seems comfortable, and the high-tech-looking high-tops ooze cool. 


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On Hailey Bieber: The Attico blazer; Bottega Veneta The Pouch Clutch ($3200); New Balance M990NV2 Sneakers ($205)

All hail the sneaker queen! Hailey Bieber always steps out in ultra-cool sneakers, and this pair of New Balances is no different. The fashion world loves dad sneakers, and this black-and-white pair tops my list. 


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On Selena Gomez: Puma Cali Bold Sneakers ($90)

I love the small pop of black on Selena Gomez's sneakers, as I feel like these pair well with everything, but that bold black logo gives them a touch of edge. 

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Caitlin Burnett
Contributing Editor