As you may have noticed, sneakers are as popular as ever, but the way people are wearing them has undoubtedly shifted. Gone are the days when sneakers were primarily worn with streetwear-inspired outfits. In 2023, I see sneakers styled with anything and everything. There are, however, a few themes at play, and stylish celebrities are leading the charge with a few sneaker-outfit trends.
Below, I've highlighted seven sneaker-outfit themes that are the most "2023" of them all. These outfits capitalize on aesthetics such as the quiet-luxury movement and feature popular items like low-rise jeans and Bermuda shorts, but none are straightforward athleisure outfits. They're far more unexpected than that. Scroll on to see what I mean via the likes of Sydney Sweeney, Sofia Richie, and more and to shop the pieces needed to re-create these 2023 sneaker outfits for yourself. Just add Adidas Sambas or Ontisuka Tiger Mexico 66s.
The Theme: Classically Retro
Yara Shahidi's classic combination of denim shorts and a T-shirt is punched up by colorful retro sneakers. It's an outfit I've seen people wear practically every day this summer.
WHO: Yara Shahidi
WEAR: Chanel bag; Adidas sneakers
The Theme: Y2K
The Y2K aesthetic shows some signs of cooling, but I'm still seeing a ton of vibey early 2000s sneaker outfits out in the world. Emily Ratajkowski nailed it from head to toe.
The Theme: Casual and Polished
Tracee Ellis Ross's sneaker outfit is appropriate for so many occasions. She kept things cool with the printed T-shirt and polished with the baggy pleated trousers, finishing things off with a pair of Asics sneakers.
WHO: Tracee Ellis Ross
WEAR: Bottega Veneta bag
The Theme: Preppy Early 2000s
Casual early 2000s outfits are the perfect pairing for sneakers. Sydney Sweeney provided a great example with low-rise baggy jeans, an oversize button-down, and a crop top with white sneakers at Cannes this year.
The Theme: French Girl Inspired
Kaia Gerber wore the latest It sneakers (Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66) in the most Parisian of ways, opting for an oversize trench coat and baggy trousers. If a French woman would wear it, it's a yes in 2023.
WHO: Kaia Gerber
WEAR: Saint Laurent trench coat; Celine bag; Onitsuka Tiger sneakers; Oliver Peoples x The Row sunglasses
The Theme: Quiet Luxury
Thanks to the quiet-luxury takeover this year, simple and elevated outfits are everywhere. Pair them with your most polished sneakers, as Sofia Richie did while out shopping recently.
The Theme: '90s Dress With Sporty Sneakers
Nineties-inspired slip dresses look cool and modern when paired with sporty sneakers. Just ask Hailey Bieber, who is a big fan of this look.