I want to get real with you for a moment. I’m just not into “ugly” shoes. There, I said it. Okay, okay, I absolutely get the appeal of “dad” sneakers and chunky styles. The silhouettes absolutely felt refreshing and forward at a time when basic sneakers started feeling stale, but I’m ready for them to be done. Other fashion people seem to be on my side, too, and we recently covered the potential demise of the trend in favor of more refined styles.
When you think about it, would that really be so bad? Sleek, streamlined trainer silhouettes (think clean leather sneakers) do wonders for a wardrobe because they can instantly elevate any look you’re wearing while maintaining that chill and cool vibe. On that note, I wanted to take the rest of our time to showcase some of these alternative sneaker styles to consider next year.
And if you disagree with me and are still feeling “ugly” sneakers, then, by all means, keep kicking it and live your life.
A pair of white leather sneakers feels inherently more refined than other styles and can make whatever you’re wearing feel cool yet polished.
H&M Sneakers ($30)
Adidas Sleek Leather Sneakers ($80)
Common Projects Original Achilles Sneakers ($411)
If you love “dad” sneakers for the statement effect, consider an equally eye-catching pair in glitter.
Puma Ralph Sampson Mid Winter Glimmer Sneakers ($100)
Keds x Kate Spade New York Glitter Sneakers ($85)
P448 F9 John Sneakers ($275)
The beauty of black sneakers like this is that they’re sleek and can streamline any look.
Veja V-10 Sneakers ($150)
Soludos Bondi Slip-On Sneakers ($129)
Tretorn Nylite Sneakers ($75)
When in doubt, just go for a cool pair of athletic sneakers. They just basically always work.
Nike Air Max 270 Sneakers ($150)
APL TechLoom Bliss Sneakers ($200)
Puma Sneakers ($110)
The thing about styles like Converse is that they’re essentially classics at this point and will thus never go out of style.
Converse Chuck Taylor Low Top Sneakers ($50)
Vans Old Skool Sneakers ($60)
Veja V-12 Sneakers ($150)
This story was originally published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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