It’s about time that sneakers are being recognized for what they are: The focal point of footwear. What was once a shoe only worn by athletes and sports enthusiasts has turned into a full-blown fashion zeitgeist. And while platform heels, clogs and loafers are all must-haves this season, there’s just something about wearing and styling sneakers in the fall that makes them stand out from every other shoe. Perhaps it’s the fact that each trend is cute and comfortable, or maybe it’s knowing that they add up to endless street style possibilities. Either way, these trends are ridiculously good, so go ahead and clear out your shelves because there are so many sneaks out there that are surely going to be integral parts of your closet rotation.
Sure, you probably already have a pair of go-to sneakers in your collection, but you can never go wrong with adding a few more. And once you feast your eyes upon all the sneaker trends for this season, you’re going to want to shop each and every one. From colorful vibes to classic styles that feature a major platform sole, there’s so much to love about these trends.
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Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about all the sneakers you’ll be seeing on Instagram—and hopefully in your closet—this season. Grab your comfiest socks and get ready to slip on these stylish sneaks and go.
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Grocery Store Chic
Sure, you can look at the Instagram pages of your fav NYC street stylist, or you can look to your hometown grocery store line as inspiration. Our recommendation is the latter—seriously. This is where you find the most comfortable kicks around. Plus, parent style is everybody’s style. Just ask the dad who popularized the chunky white shoe trend on his break from mowing the lawn.
On Cloud X Training Shoe
Your sportiest friend is probably a fan of On Clouds, the sneakers that are designed to feel like clouds on any and all occasions, from trail-running to couch-surfing. The rock-climbing dad on your block probably already owns a pair, so it’s only a matter of time before you see Hailey Bieber rocking them.
Hoka One One Bondi 7
Do we owe Reese Witherspoon a personal thank-you for inspiring every busy woman out there the inspiration to cop a pair of these running shoes? No. But Hoka might need to cut her a residuals check. The bold and bouncy shoes are ideal for jogs on concrete, so you know they’ll last whatever you’ve got lined up on your busy schedule. The chunky design and the colorful options make for a shoe that can brighten up your wardrobe while also giving you some stability throughout a long day.
Block It Out
Sometimes, you just need a little color in your life. More specifically—you need some color on your sneakers. Color-blocked styles are massive right now because they instantly refresh even your most basic OOTD in one simple step (sneaker pun intended!). Shop options that come in classic primary colors or ones that take a more subdued approach.
These bright blue DBreak Sneakers from Nike prove that playing with color can totally work in the fall, and are the perfect showpiece for getting back out on the streets. You can even get free shipping (!) and first access to new launches (!!) if you sign up to be a Nike Member on the brand’s site (which is also totally free).
Classic Leather Legacy Shoes
If you want to add a more subdued color-blocked option to your collection, consider this pair from Reebok.
Cream Is The New White
White sneakers have officially had their day in the sun—and cream-colored options are here to take their place this season! Off-white and cream-hued sneakers add a cool-girl touch to your next OOTD because they look just a little different from everyone else’s picks.
Canvas Old Skool Sneakers
These Canvas Old Skool Sneakers are a classic silhouette. Luckily, they’ve been updated for this season in this creamy shade.
Venturi Trainer Sneakers
If you already love Veja for its line of sleek sneaker options, you’re going to love this chunkier cream-colored pair.
Brand To Watch: New Balance
If you’re always keeping your eyes peeled on Instagram or taking note of any street style round-ups, you’ve likely already noticed that New Balance sneakers are continuing to have a moment this year. The shoe brand has so many incredible styles that aren’t just for your trips to the gym. It’s safe to say New Balance looks are here to stay in 2021, so you might as well stock up on a few pairs.
574 Core Sneakers
If you’re new to buying New Balances, it’s best to start out with the basics. This pair of 574 Core Sneakers, for instance, will go with all of your outfits.
But if you’re sick of only sticking to gray-colored footwear, consider this brighter pair of 57/40 Sneakers.
Platform sneakers are back in a big way this year. Choosing an all-white option will make the platform seem a little less obvious, so you won’t look like you’re wearing one of those ultra-chunky versions that were everywhere in 2020. Also, look for sleek silhouettes in order to make the style feel modern.
Courtesy of PUMA.
Mayze Classic Platform Sneakers
This sporty pair of Mayze Classic Platform Sneakers from PUMA would work with either sweatpants or a midi dress—that’s how versatile they are!
Charlie Platform Sneakers
The tiny black accent on this otherwise all-white pair of sneakers from Steve Madden makes them feel so sleek.
A Twist on the Classics
There are some brands that deserve to be in the spotlight always and forever. Among them: Converse and Nike. Nobody does shoes quite like these brands, and there are good reasons why they are never not relevant. They’re constantly making over their classic styles and raising the bar for what sneakers can—and should—be.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged Boot
Everything about these Converse, from the platform style to the punk lining, has us ready to immediately put these shoes in our shopping cart. They’re punk rock, yet retro; a combination that’s hard to achieve, but when done right, deserves to be recognized.
Nike Blazer Mid ’77 High Top Sneaker
There’s something about high-stop shoes that give us all of the nostalgic vibes that we could ever want, and these Nikes prove that. They have the modern and creamy color we talked about above, yet give us a little taste of simpler times, thanks to the basketball-ready design.
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