The 16 Best Designer Sneakers of 2023 Worth Splurging On

The cream of the (sneaker) crop.

Natalia Verza wears Dior monogram printed designer sneakers, on April 16, 2021 in Paris, France
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Choosing a single pair of designer sneakers to splurge on is a challenge. Fortunately, a shopping writer with an extensive sneaker collection— from trendy new sneakers to classically cool white sneakers—I'm here to help with this go-to list of the best designer sneakers for everyday wear. I also turned to Rickie De Sole, Women’s Fashion Director at Nordstrom, to answer your most important questions about designer sneakers, plus break down the sneaker silhouettes that are both trending and timeless.

Trending Designer Sneakers

Historically, designer sneakers have been associated with out-there chunky silhouettes, color combinations, and patterns. Many options from brands like Gucci are adorned with silver glitter or other metallic accents. However, more subdued designer sneakers have been trending in recent months.

“In fashion overall, we’ve seen a strong shift from overworked trends to a more minimal aesthetic. Sneakers are following that same pattern, stripping back to basics,” says De Sole, who cites options like Chanel’s Sports Line sneaker and the Prada Downtown Logo sneaker as being “in high demand” among Nordstrom shoppers. If you're not into all-white sneakers, black sneakers are so popular thanks to brands like Maison Margiela. "We’re also loving get-it-while-you-can designer sneaker collaborations between Alaia x Superga and Adidas x Wales Bonner," she continues. 

The Best Designer Sneakers

Meet The Expert

Rickie de Sole
Rickie de Sole

Rickie de Sole is the Women's Fashion Director at Nordstrom.

Julia Marzovilla
E-Commerce Editor

Julia Marzovilla is the E-Commerce Editor at Marie Claire, where she covers everything from the latest beauty and fashion launches and sales to celebrity outfits and news. She also creates shopping guides that span every vertical on the site. Prior to joining the Marie Claire team, she contributed similar shopping stories to sites such as Bustle, InStyle, The Zoe Report, Who What Wear, and STYLECASTER. In her spare time, Julia can be found creating shopping guides for all of her friends, spending too much money on yet another pair of black boots, and cooking in her far-too-small kitchen.