The world's obsession with sneakers is the perfect love story between looking good and feeling good, melding premium material and cutting-edge design. From sports-car-sleek running shoes to practically prehistoric-looking dad shoes, the biggest trends are more versatile and wearable than ever. Read on for our top six picks, plus styling tips for the season. Sacrificing comfort for style? That's so 2003.
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As technology advances, performance shoes become more lightweight, allowing for sleeker silhouettes that feel wearable well beyond your workout. Monochrome knit uppers and cage design replace neon hues and reflective soles of season's past. Wear yours with yoga gear all day long. Our pick: New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V2 Sport.SHOP THIS STYLE
You heard it here first: logos are back. And no, we’re not talking an understated swoosh or stripe. Overstated and conspicuous designer names are taking residence in stylish wardrobes everywhere. Hats, hoodies, belts, bags, and of course, shoes. Stay ahead of the craze with our pick: Asics Gel-Kayano 25 OBI Trainers.SHOP THIS STYLE
You name the brand—adidas, Puma, Vans—every leader in sneakers has designed a black-and-white style. Why? It's universally versatile. Whether in leather, knit, canvas or even velvet (the holidays are coming, after all), you know you'll wear black time and time again. Refresh this essential ASAP with our pick: Puma Uprise Knit Sneaker.SHOP THIS STYLE
The primary outlier of the minimalist sneaker takeover is the chunky dad trend. This sneaker is the English Bulldog of shoes. It's so ugly, we can't help but adore it. Wear it with your favorite logo tee, a bomber jacket and paper-bag waist pants. As always, a throwback style should be worn with a throwback brand. Our pick: K-Swiss ST-329 Heritage Sneaker.SHOP THIS STYLE
Like Whitney's greatest hits, Meryl Streep flicks and American apple pie, everyone loves a classic. And the 80s-era trainer is the "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" of the sneaker world. It’s fun, perfect for any occasion and always relevant. This fall, wear it with a chunky sock, high-rise denim and cropped puffer coat. Our pick: Gola Harrier Sneaker.SHOP THIS STYLE
If you're looking to make your sneakers the star of the show (i.e. your outfit), there is a whole host of embellished styles to choose from. From metallic leathers and fur linings to all-over studs and sequins, the scale of detail ranges from eye catching to traffic stopping. Start your standout ensemble with our pick: Tretorn Callie 4 Sneaker.SHOP THIS STYLE