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When it comes to trends, there are two categories. The first is the type of trend you buy and try but may not have a long-lasting relationship with. The second is the type of trend that ends up shaping the rest of your wardrobe—the sneaker trends for 2024 definitely fall into this category. These sneakers may be trendy but they’re also functional, classic, and comfortable. Long story short, you’ll end up wearing them on repeat.
Finding the right pair of sneakers is a task with more significance than just trying a TikTok trend for fun. For example, while you can easily tie a bow around your ponytail to get the Balletcore look, it’s more difficult to switch out your sneakers mid-day. Sneakers have a long list of criteria they need to meet to make the cut of your weekly shoe rotation. Great sneakers are supportive, stylish, and sporty. They should pair well with your athleisure looks and your cutest outfit and they should last you at least a year of wear and tear.
Luckily, great sneakers have become increasingly easier to identify. Brands like New Balance, Adidas, and Reebok have nailed the function-to-fashion ratio with sneakers that will win over both trendsetters (like Taylor Swift) and dads.
In 2024, you can expect to see color and clothing trends reflected in footwear. Metallic sneakers are having a moment (just in time for the holidays) and Barbiecore is still going strong with plenty of pink sneaker options. The sneaker trends for 2024 range from classic white to knits so there is truly a way for everyone to get their kicks. Keep scrolling for 10 pairs to shop now.
Sustainable sneakers are by no means a new trend for 2024, but one that continues to range in colorways and technology for the eco-friendly girlies out there. This year, you’ll find new recycled fabrics and new imagined ways of making sustainable materials fashion-forward.
Veja V-90 Sneakers
Supple leather sourced from certified farms in Uruguay — these Veja sneakers are not only fashion-forward but supportive of local communities.
Easy On, Easy Off
Blame it on the pandemic years of ultimate fashion comfort or the picked-up travel plans since, but convenience is at the forefront of this footwear trend. The slip-on styles are great for errands, in-person shopping and fitting-on, getting through security at airports and so much more.
Sorel Kinetic™ Impact II Strap Sneaker
With foot-to-floor cushioning, this sneaker is great for all day walking and comfort.
New Balance Beaya V1 Slip-On Running Shoe
In a neutral colorway, perfect for matching back, this sneaker works great for day-to-day outings.
Run This City
With a new year brings on an onslaught of resolutions, among the highest: a healthier version of ourselves. If you, like me, are determined to dust off your running shoes and log some real miles in 2024, join me in celebrating fresh styles for the year. Running shoes are now built with a whole lot more of technology for easy absorption, and lightweight durability. You’ll also find them in flashy colors for race days or black and neutrals to double as your daily.
Hoka Torrent 3
For those that enjoy trail running versus pavement, you’ll find joy in this runner-obsessed Hoka pair. The built-in technology easily absorbs which is great for uneven ground.
Nike Pegasus 40
I’ve been running in Nike Pegasus for over 10 years now. I’ve done 5Ks, half and full marathons in this style and it never disappoints.
Ok, these shoes aren’t actually sweaters for your feet but the knit material gives a similar effect. Knit sneakers are the perfect choice for someone who likes to be ahead of the next big thing. These sneakers add dimension to any outfit and will signal to anyone walking by that you’re fashion-forward.
This black and white knit pair of sneakers will give your height and your outfit a boost. They come in three color options and are under $50.
If you’re headed on a vacation, this pair of knit sneakers from Dolce Vita deserves a spot in your suitcase. You can wear them with all of the cute outfits you have planned without having to stop for blisters.
Barbie pink was everywhere in 2023 and the shade isn’t going anywhere. All shades of pink are being infused into sneaker designs for the perfect mix of sporty and girly styles. Brands like Adidas have made pink the focus of entire collections (you can get the Gazelle sneaker in a variety of shades). You can wear the trend with a full neutral look as a pop of color or lean into the fun with a monochromatic pink look.
This pair of Gazelle sneakers is perfect for casual wear—you won’t want to run a marathon in them, but you will want to shop ’til you drop.
These pink suede Nikes are based on a style from the ’70s. They might be retro but they’ll give your outfit a whole new look. Bonus points for the waffle tread.
White sneakers will be a trend every single year so you can never go wrong with getting a new pair. Whether you’re going for a sporty look with a pair of Asics or New Balance sneakers or want a casual vibe with Reebok, a white sneaker will be the cute and comfy essential you can’t stop wearing. I personally love styling athletic white sneakers with a suit set or a maxi skirt for days I know I’ll be walking a lot around the city.
The combination of mesh and leather on this pair of New Balance sneakers looks cool and gives the shoe a street-style vibe.
These Reebok sneakers are just as cute as they are comfortable. Pir these with crew socks for a preppy look.
Metallics have been trending for a minute now. Last season, metallic heels and ballet flats were two of the most popular shoe choices on the market. In 2024, metallics will be taking over the sneaker world. I love this trend because there are so many different ways to wear it. You can wear sequined sneakers, white sneakers with metallic accents, or all-over silver. This is also a fun shoe choice for a night out in lieu of heels.
New Balance sneakers are amazing because you can walk or run in them for miles while still looking cute the entire time. This pair has metallic outlining but it still looks neutral enough to wear with any outfit you’d pair white sneakers with.
This pair of Tory Burch sneakers is so metallic it will look like you’re wearing mirrors on your feet (in the best way). Pair these with white crew socks for a sporty-preppy look.
If you’re shopping for sneakers online, you may notice that many pairs feature a fun pop of green. Forest green is a big color trend for 2024 and the shade has made its way into the sneakersphere. Since green is a color that is commonly found in nature, it’s very easy to wear with other neutrals and colors—AKA you can wear green sneakers with everything you already own.
If you’re in the market for a stylish sneaker to wear on your commute, in the office, and to happy hour and back, this pair from Sam Edelman fits the bill.
This pair of New Balance sneakers get bonus points for attention to detail because the exposed tread is even the perfect shade of green. No notes.
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