The Ultimate Sneaker Guide for 2024

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The Top V Designer Sneaker Trends You Need Now and How to Style Them

Vetted By: Jamie Lewin

4.29.24

Ever since the pandemic, when we collectively lived in athleisure for two years, sneakers have been a wardrobe essential on daily rotation. It's like I can't stand to be uncomfortable for even an hour! How did we used to wear heels all day, every day? Fortunately designers have been sending sneakers down the runway with everything from casual denim looks to more formal dresses and it's made the shoes once relegated exclusively to the gym more relevant than ever. There are so many sneaker styles ranging from performance-focused to luxury and for good reason: customer's appetites for a great pair of sneakers hasn't waned since covid at all, in fact, it's only increased.

Read on for the top five women's sneaker trends you need to know along with tips on how to style them. Plus shop for the freshest kicks to update your wardrobe now.

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I. Designer Kicks

Take your athleisure game up a notch with some of the best women's designer sneakers and create a more luxurious approach to your look. While there have been many new iterations, for most brands, the most popular designer sneaker in their line up hasn't changed at all. And if you want to show off your sneaker game with some serious luxury brands, these picks are for you. Louis Vuitton's Trainers and Gucci Ace's add an instant cool-girl vibe to the brand's heritage that's hard to resist. Maison Margiela has had their timeless style updated in new colors season after season. If you're more of a minimalist, their sneakers are a perfect choice that screams quiet luxury. You can also take your sneaker game to new heights with the cult favorite platform sneakers by Alexander McQueen. For trendy designer sneakers, look to Isabel Marant who always comes up with a fun color combo or new twist with each collection. All of these styles effortlessly pair back to denim looks and daytime dresses.

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II. Retro Sneakers

Embrace the nostalgia with the sneakers that effortlessly blend retro authenticity with modern charm. Rock a pair of timeless Nike Blazers, the iconic high tops which have always maintained their cool factor. Channeling laid-back vibes? Golden Goose offers the perfect mix of vintage and contemporary. And with their low-top sneakers, they're versatile enough to pair with any outfit for a casual yet chic look. For the ultimate fusion of street style and avant-garde fashion, I love Converse's collaboration with Comme des Garçons Play. The mix of old-school-cool and playfulness is a fun take on the retro style, whether you prefer high top or low top. Ghoud Venice, a relative newcomer, gives Golden Goose a run for it's money with their lived-in tennis shoes and colorful runners. These styles look great worn casually, but up the style ante when paired with suiting or feminine, frilly pieces.

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III. Future Forward

Nothing beats a great pair of sneakers, especially when using modern technology to create futuristic footwear. If you can't get enough color and crave a style that's the complete opposite of classic sneakers, look no further than the innovative designs of Balenciaga in bright silver and metallics. Or take Adidas Originals + Y-3 with chunky soles constructed out of foam and airbrushed signature stripes to take your look and your height to new levels. For sleek black sneakers, Nike's webbed and croc-effect leather sneakers exude urban style. These styles are the perfect way to go where no sneaker has gone before. Style them with athletic or atheisure wear and top it off with a blazer for quintessential off-duty style.

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IV. Pure Performance

In the realm of pure performance and uncompromising style, the hunt for the best sneakers ends here. These sporty sneakers seamlessly blend form and function, designed to elevate your busy lifestyle and need for speed. For those prioritizing comfort without sacrificing style, On Running stands out with their reputation for crafting the most cushiony (is that a word?) sneakers, ensuring every step feels like walking on clouds (it is in the name after all). Dive into the innovative world of New Balance and Asics, where serious runners have turned for years, but have become an extremely popular street style choice as well. And for those looking for an extra spring in their step, look no further than Hokas, the go-to choice for athletes and fashion aficionados alike. Their range of colors and design details will have you coming back season after season. You can wear these purely for performance or slip them into your everyday wardrobe for maximum comfort and style.

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V. White Court Shoes

As minimalism and quiet luxury have reigned supreme, so has the clean, white leather sneaker. Court shoes, tennis shoes, call them what you will...these classic designs have remained a staple in everyone's wardrobes. A true classic, they are able to pair with everything from jeans and a white t-shirt to skirts and dresses. When it comes to the best white sneakers, authenticity and versatility is the name of the game. Look no further than Autry and Stan Smiths for their cool, retro appeal, and Saint Laurent for their timeless designs and effortless sophistication with pristine leather and white rubber sole. For those who prioritize sustainability without compromising style, Veja offers a guilt-free option crafted from eco-friendly materials. Elevate your wardrobe with these enduring classics that stand the test of time. Pair them with suiting and dresses for that casual Friday vibe all week long.

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