Mikiel Benyamin, stylist to Cardi B, Keke Palmer, and Mario, predicts that for men this season the go-to sneaker will be the Vetements x Reebok InstaPump Fury trainers. "These are very hot right now. They've already been worn by Teyana Taylor, South Korean rapper G-Dragon of BIGBANG and other celebs. They're unisex but will be more popular with men."
The fashion industry is capitalizing on nostalgia and the brands who thrived in the 80s and 90s are fueling the cycle now: Guess, FILA and Reebok. The latter has not only partnered with Vetements; they also tapped rap megastar Future for a collaboration in which he designed his own version of the InstaPump Fury trainers.
The Fear of God Military Sneakers, designed by Jerry Lorenzo, now come in a variety of different colors are another spring favorite among musicians such as 2 Chainz, Omarion and Future, who has recently been seen in beige and infrared colorways of the red-hot kicks that can sell for upwards of $1000.
For women's kicks, look to Beyoncé-beloved fashion house Gucci. Benyamin says it's all about the Gucci leather low-top platform sneakers this season. "They're worn by so many celebrities already that they're almost sold out. They're so different and colorful but they mesh very well with any outfit."
As for the other Gucci? Atlanta-based stylist Shun Melson, who works with Gucci Mane, calls the Balenciaga Speed Trainer Bootie the "men's must-have" this spring. "It's fly, comfy and unique. Gucci Mane loves them not only because it's not your ordinary sneaker, but they're great for travel and for an everyday on-the-go sneaker."
Shun zeroes in on the new Fenty Puma Classic Lace-Up Sneaker Mule for women. Crafted by Rihanna, this pink sneaker can be dressed up or down, which makes it one of Shun's top picks for her list of female clients this spring. "It has a skinny heel with a pointed toe, but it is sexy and chic," she says.
"In ready-to-wear fashion there is a normcore trend in sneakers too," according to Peju Famojure, stylist to one of the most fashionable women in music today, Solange. On that tip, her sneaker of choice for men is the New Balance "998."
For women, Peju picked the "Adidas Gazelle with the gum sole," a shoe that is actually a men's silhouette (meaning they only come in men's sizes, though they can be worn by women as well). Peju notes the prevalence of designers upping their sneaker game on the recent runways as having an impact on the footwear choices of music stars, and vice versa. "People are returning to the classics. It's totally about street to runway these days."
There's an alternative to this unisex sneaker, however, for those who prefer an Adidas sneaker designed specifically for women. The Adidas Consortium Women's "Deep Hue" Samba limited edition sneaker was released on March 8th for International Women's Day, and comes in a variety of different color ways.