Deciding whether a pair of designer sneakers is worth the splurge can be challenging. As a shopping writer with an extensive sneaker collection— from hot new sneakers (opens in new tab) to classically cool white pairs (opens in new tab)— I'm here to help with a go-to list of the best designer sneakers for everyday wear.
I'm not the only one who believes in an excellent fashion investment. Marie Claire has an entire Worth It (opens in new tab)section dedicated to splurge-worthy designer goods. Our broader list below includes some of the most popular hits of the designer sneaker world, like viral bee-embroidered Gucci sneakers and the overly-chunky Balenciaga sneakers. It also includes subtler options from brands like The Row and Loewe, because selecting a designer sneaker doesn't have a one-size-fits-all approach.
Keep scrolling for the list of the best designer sneakers with my stamp of approval. You'll find some of the most affordable options listed first.
Best Attainable Designer Sneakers
This pair of high tops from Converse and Comme Des Garcons PLAY is a great way to dip your toe into the world of designer sneakers. Priced at under $200, they're attainable yet elevated.
Best Athletic Designer Sneakers
If you want to invest in a pair of running sneakers that has a designer twist, consider this black pair from Adidas' ongoing collaboration with Stella McCartney. They're versatile and one of the market's best pairs of running shoes (opens in new tab).
The Best Colorful Designer Sneakers
The Best All-White Designer Sneakers
This fashion editor-approved sneaker lends an elevated twist on an otherwise all-white shoe. The Maison Margiela logo adds a subtle designer touch.
I have long lusted over this pair of velcro sneakers from Isabel Marant. The Velcro straps make it that much easier to get out the door a little faster in the morning, and the sleek silhouette means they're great for the office.
Marie Claire's Beauty Editor, Samantha Holender (opens in new tab), has worn these so many times that she's dubbed them "the best pair of sneakers, ever." The sweet finishings make them feel less bulky than other chunky sneaker options on this list.
I couldn't have a designer sneaker roundup without a pair of sparkly Golden Goose sneakers. These worn-in picks have a leather footbed that molds to your feet for the ultimate comfort.
Best Metallic Designer Sneakers
These otherwise all-white sneakers from Alexander McQueen were first released in 2016 and have been a mainstay on the shoe market ever since. They're outfitted with gold detailing—a great way to tie all your summer accessories together.
Best Tan Designer Sneakers
If you're looking for a pair of sneakers that isn't white or black, this '70s-inspired pair from Loewe is for you. Their rubber soles are easy and big on comfort.
Best Flashy Designer Sneakers
If you're going to invest in a pair of designer sneakers, you probably want them to be flashy in at least one way, and these Gucci sneakers certainly fit that bill. From the iconic red-and-green combo to the gold-embroidered bees, this pick is certainly not for the faint of heart.
Best Slip-On Designer Sneakers
Who said slip-on sneakers couldn't also be totally chic? This pair from The Row is the coolest of the cool. Crafted from buttery Nappa sheepskin leather, there are several different colors.
Best Platform Designer Sneakers
Made from recycled polyester with a rubber sole, Prada's iconic triangle is perfectly emblazoned on this pair of two-tone platform sneakers.
Best Mega-Platform Designer Sneakers
There are platforms, and then there are platforms. This canvas pair from R13 will add a few inches to your look. More specifically, they'll add 1.75 inches, courtesy of that heel.
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.
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