44 Essential Trendy Sneakers to Lace Up in Style

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Last Updated
Nov 16, 2022

Whether you wear them to dress up your favorite pair of jeans or add a comfortable twist to a classic suit, sneakers can easily provide comfort and coolness to any outfit. Design details like vibrant hues, unique accents, graphic prints, and novel silhouettes are guaranteed to transform everything from everyday street-style looks to sleek tailoring into statement ensembles, without compromising functionality. 

While they’ve long been reduced to either actual athletic use or seen as a solely casual footwear option, the continued permeance between streetwear and high fashion has seen sneakers cement their rightful place as the ultimate versatile footwear option. Now, you’re just as likely to see the best trendy sneakers on the runways and the feet of fashion’s street-style elite as you are on the school run or in the gym. What it all comes down to is which sneaker trend you choose—and how you style them.

From classic, sporty sneakers like Nike’s Air Force 1, Balenciaga’s Triple S, and Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-Star to one of the runway-approved designer take on trainers, our edit has something to suit every style and they’re all on par with the sneaker trends for women.

Keep reading for our editor’s pick of the best trendy sneakers for women in 2022. Looking for more? We also have guides to the best white sneakers, summer sneakers, winter sneakers, and chunky sneakers

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Tennis Sneakers

Named after the sport, tennis shoes comprise a rubber sole and low-top canvas or leather upper. Sports brands and designer labels have built upon the original tennis sneaker silhouette and updated the shoe more for fashion than function on an actual tennis court.

Despite this, tennis shoes’ signature, clean look has mostly remained, even in the more trend-led takes on the shoe. This season, we love the ultra-minimal stylings of Common Projects low-top sneakers and Balenciaga's Phantom sneakers, both of which have a white leather upper accented by perforations. There are Golden Goose’s pre-distressed sneakers for that luxe, lived-in look—and for tennis-approved shoes, check out the Barneys New York x FILA tennis sneakers.



Trainers (a.k.a. The ‘70s Running Shoe)

​​Another fashion era resurgence is the ‘70s. Alongside flared pants and bohemian prints, ‘70s runners are back on-trend. When it comes to these retro jogging shoes, you can count on heritage sports brands like New Balance and Nike to nail the look.

The Nike Cortez—which initially launched in its popular red, white, and blue iteration in 1972—has seen a genuine revival as of late, led in part by Bella Hadid’s nostalgia-tinged campaign for the shoe. For luxurious adaptations of the silhouette, opt for Fendi's Match trainers embellished with a rust color suede and green leather, or get the streetwear-approved look with Loewe's new Flow Runner in denim.



High-Top Sneakers

High-top sneakers are the perfect style for executing that effortlessly cool, laid-back look—especially when paired with tonal tailoring. Our everyday go-to is the chic Loewe Anagram sneaker. The classic ivory canvas upper has a minimal finish, complemented by copyright and trademark symbols, and a leather square signature on the sides.

For a designer spin on a similar baseball silhouette, Gucci, Prada, and Saint Laurent have all put their luxury stamp of approval on the white canvas shoe, with the latter two opting simply for minimal black branding on their high-top sneakers. Gucci makes more of a statement with its signature red and green stripe matched by green interior lining and binding around the ankle. Want to shop smarter this year? These are the best sustainable sneaker brands for a clear conscience.



Classic Sneakers

A classic sneaker is the one silhouette that’s a must-have in every man, woman, and child’s closet, whether you consider yourself a casual dresser or not. When it comes to the classics, we look toward heritage sports brands instead of the more trend-led offerings from high-end designers.

Nike’s Air Force 1 is a truly timeless pair, although you may want to opt for the Air Force 1 Sage Low for a feminine update on the sneaker. It has a slimmer silhouette than the original, coupled with a slightly elevated platform midsole. Nike fans will be pleased to see, however, that many of the traditional design details, like the leather upper, athletic perforations on the midfoot, and Swoosh emblem on the sidewall, remain.

These trainers, particularly in all-white, are an easy addition to any footwear rotation and work especially well when styled with monochromatic outfits. Other options for a sneaker rotation that will defy both time and trends include Superga's Emily Low sneakers,  Veja's Esplars, and Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-Stars. And for more classic picks you’ll get a ton of use from, don’t miss our roundup of the best chunky sneakers for women.



Low-Top Sneakers

The low-top sneaker is a closet staple; the ankle-skimming silhouette works especially well with jeans and calf-grazing skirts and dresses. While sports brands have long had a stake in the low-top game, designer labels are increasingly turning toward the silhouette, offering up an array of runway-ready iterations season upon season.

Both Louis Vuitton and Gucci have put a retro spin on the sneaker, incorporating their nostalgic prints all over the uppers. If a fresher look is more in line with your taste, Pangaia's white leather sneakers have a sustainable compositing with the brand’s trademark on the side. Louis Vuitton’s LV Escale Stellar Sneaker with its canvas upper and horizontal navy stripes keeps the nautical influence alive, whether you’re wearing them in the summer months or beyond. And for more warm-weather offerings, these are our favorite summer sneakers for women.



Sustainable Sneakers

Sustainability is becoming an increasingly important factor when it comes to buying apparel and accessories, footwear included. Thankfully, innovations in design and technology have ensured that “sustainable sneakers” aren’t necessarily as unfashionable as you may have been led to believe. 

Fans of chunky sneakers may be drawn towards Chloe's Nama Sneakers, which are designed through a screening life cycle assessment done in partnership with sustainability consulting group Quantis, which traces everything from the product’s raw material extraction to production. As a result, the Nama emits 35 percent fewer greenhouse gases and consumes 80 percent less water than its predecessors. For the minimalists among you, you simply can’t go wrong with Veja’s cult-loved  V-10 sneakers, which have a C.W.L canvas upper and a sole made from wild rubber.



Dad Sneakers

The sneaker trend to date? Dad shoes. Known by many as chunky sneakers, ugly sneakers, dad sneakers, and hiking sneakers—this footwear style is enjoying its moment. While this silhouette is short, oversized, extra cushioned, and chunky, they have stayed lightweight and ensured that your feet feel protected.

The most recognizable dad style is the Balenciaga Track and Triple S sneaker. At heart, this shoe is for performance activities, but get more wear out of them and style with loungewear sets, mini dresses, or a fashion-forward long coat in true athleisure fashion. Other designers have noticed the retro sneaker's popularity, such as Golden Goose, Raf Simmons, and New Balance, and have designed their own to jump on board the trend. 



Slip-On Sneakers

Arguably one of the most practical and versatile trainer styles, slip-on sneakers are the perfect choice for women who are constantly on the go. This silhouette, in particular, is one that minimalists will love—both for the streamlined structure and the ease of slipping in and out of them. When it comes to choosing a finish, a tonal colorway is the easiest way to ensure your look stays fresh, whatever the season.

For that reason, our top pick is Vince’s Platform Slip-on sneakers, which have a smooth suede upper contrasted by a white, stacked platform midsole. Opt for Gucci’s sturdy canvas sneakers in beige with a logo-printed canvas upper and white sole to add some color to your closet. And for more casual favorites, these are the best slip-on sneakers for women.



Platform Sneakers

With the ’90s influence still playing a major role in runway and street style trends alike, platform sneakers are bag in a big way through 2022 and beyond. We love Gucci’s GG Chunky sneakers with their black leather upper and scene-stealing jewel embellishments.  



Dress Sneakers

Although sneakers have long been associated with sports and casual wear, they’re still a valid footwear option when it comes to more elegant occasions—it just depends on what you choose and how you style them. Metallic accents, glitter, and sequins are the easiest way to elevate the humble sneaker, and luckily for us, most designer brands know this all too well.

Take for example Jimmy Choo’s athletic-inspired shoes in all-black, with a glittery side stripe, and white sole. For a more obviously glitzy approach, opt for Roger Vivier's Viv Skate Strass Sneakers, which boast an embellished buckle. Alternatively, Alexandre Birman's iteration boasts its iconic bow in black and a match black suede detail around the heel—a combination that’s sure to stand out.




Mid-Top Sneakers

Mid-top sneakers have a real retro appeal that doesn't mean you'll struggle to incorporate them into a contemporary closet. Saint Laurent's SL/39 Leather sneakers may be one of the original mid-top sneakers for women but recently, designer brands have put their own chic spin on the silhouette. Salomon, Fendi, and Golden Goose designed theirs a more is more approach. For example, Golden Goose's Mid Start Distressed sneakers feature metallic touches with pink laces and the saying "Always made with love" on the sole. On the other hand, Salomon's XA Pro 1 Mid-top sneakers are modeled after traditional hiking sneakers with a modern twist.


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