A new pair of sneakers are high up on my wish list right now. I suppose this isn't surprising since it's practically the only shoe style I'm living in during this time of sheltering in place (aside from my cozy slippers, of course).
Luckily, there are plenty of cool styles out there to help jazz up my sweats and leggings right now. To get inspired, I scoured Instagram high and low to see what sneakers our favorite celebrities and fashion girls have been wearing lately.
There's no doubt that retro- and vintage-inspired silhouettes are reigning supreme right now (which we're seeing styled with throwback tube socks and sweats). Even though these create a very '70s-style look, they actually feel very current.
From colorful Nike Daybreaks to neutral-hued New Balances, scroll below for some of the coolest styles I've spotted on the fashion set and shop them below.
Retro New Balance
Retro-inspired New Balance sneakers are unquestionably the most popular brand I've spotted on Instagram and celebrities this season. From the cool 990 sneakers loved by Kaia Gerber to the under-$100 retro 574 sneakers, there are plenty of trendy styles that range from neutrals to colorful neons that will give your feed a cool-girl touch.
Pair with your favorite black leggings.
For a fashion girl–approved look wear with Nike tube socks tucked over your sweats.
Finish your look with a trending baseball cap.
Combine a colorful sweatsuit with neutral white sneakers.
Take a leaf from Kaia Gerber's book and wear a retro gray pair with straight-leg jeans, a hoodie, and a blazer to pull the look together.
The Reebok Classics and the Rebook Club Cs are dominating as this year's must-have white-sneaker styles. The vintage silhouettes are a favorite among the A-list (Gigi Hadid is a big fan), and the street style set have been styling them with everything from relaxed denim to cycling shorts.
Relaxed denim and classic Reeboks equal a match made in heaven.
Go for a full retro look with matching tube socks.
These classic shoes are so versatile no matter what you're wearing.
On Gigi Hadid: Reebok Classic Leather Sneaker ($75)
Gigi Hadid has been spotted in Reebok's classic sneakers so many times we've lost count.
Fashion girls can't seem to get enough of the vintage-inspired styles from Nike. We've spotted three styles, in particular, blowing up: the throwback Nike Daybreaks (Nike's 1979 marathon running shoe) that come in a myriad of cool, retro colors, the '70s high-top Nike Blazers (seen on our favorite influencers all over the 'gram), and colorful '80s Air Jordans, which we saw styled with pretty tweed Chanel dresses on the street style set during fashion week. All of these prove that oldies really are goodies.
Opt for a pop of color to jazz up a black ensemble.
On Zendaya: Nike Daybreak Sneaker ($90)
Celebs like Zendaya and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley can't seem to get enough of the Daybreak sneakers.
The coolest way to style your pretty tweed dress is with colorful Air Jordans, of course.
You can't go wrong with black and white.
The Nike Blazer sneakers might have launched in the '70s, but they remain timeless.
Converse High Tops
At this point, Converse Chuck Taylors have become a classic. It's the high-top styles, in particular, that have been dominating (loved by Kaia Gerber, Kendall Jenner, Diane Kruger to name but a few). We've also recently spotted the newest chunky platform iterations on the streets during fashion month.
Get ahead of the curve and try Converse's newest chunky platform high tops.
A classic that will never let you down.
Kendall and Kaia continue to be huge Chuck Taylor devotees.
Pair them with relaxed jeans for a laid-back look.
Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.
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