Hey Sneaker Trends of 2021—We See You

We've pretty much settled into the new year, so our sartorial focus continues to zero in on all of the trends that have made their way into 2021 and will enter the spotlight in the coming months. In fact, we recently showcased a smattering of shoe trends that are having a moment this season. Today, we thought we’d spend some time discussing 2021 sneaker trends specifically. After all, trainers are often one of the go-to shoe silhouettes in many of our wardrobes.

To showcase the trends that will have an impact this year, we turned to the feeds of some of our favorite fashion follows to uncover those noteworthy styles. Some of the styles in question have already been staples and will only increase in popularity, while others might be newer for some. With all that in mind, keep scrolling to check out chic sneaker silhouettes, complete with a range of shopping inspiration if you’re looking to step up that shoe game now.

1. Retro-Feeling Sneakers

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Retro-feeling kicks reigned supreme this year, and the look isn't going away anytime soon. This sneaker style (like this pair pictured here) actually brings quite a modern feel to legit any look.

Everyday Athletic Sneakers

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It's all about comfort these days. Those trainers you might have typically worn at the gym will come into play in everyday looks as well—worn with jeans, joggers, and so on.

Color-Blocked Sneakers

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Those color-blocked styles are a fresh choice to make a statement.

Classic Canvas Sneakers

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Okay, this silhouette isn't so much a "trend," but more of a classic silhouette that withstands the test of time—and will only continue to be popular in 2021. Those canvas kicks are versatile, comfy, and ideal to bring a low-key feel to a look.

Sleek High-Tops

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You can't deny the power of a legit pair of high-top sneakers. The look will continue having a moment in 2021—especially paired with skirts and dresses.

Next, check out outfits to wear with sneakers.

Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Hey, there. Bobby here. I've been working as a fashion writer in the industry for over a decade, contributing to various websites and brands such as Refinery29, Men's Health, and of course, Who What Wear. I've spent many years at Who What Wear, currently acting as the senior market editor where I source the coolest and chicest items at our favorite stores to help you, dear readers, build your version of the perfect wardrobe. While I lived in NYC and L.A. for a while, I actually now live in Boston. Sure, I've changed locations, but my fashion perspective remains the same, as I tend to reach for those classic basics with a twist (think slouchy moto jackets, trendy joggers, and the like). When I'm not writing or talking about fashion, you can often find me catching up on my favorite Bravo shows (Vanderpump Rules and The Real Houswives of New York City are my favorites) or sipping my signature cocktail—a vodka martini with a splash of cranberry and a twist.