I consider myself something of a sneaker connoisseur. My collection is growing rapidly, and I’ve been known to invest in the newest and best sneakers of the year every time a new pair drops. But if I were to really take a good, hard look at my sneaker collection, there’s one brand that dominates: Nike. The iconic brand is behind so many of my favorite sneaker styles—but their overall selection is literally hundreds of sneakers. To help you sort through them, I’ve rounded up the best Nike sneakers (and have broken them down by category so you can find exactly what you’re looking for).
The first pair of sneakers I ever invested in were from Nike. Those were a pair of pastel Jordan 1s, and I wore them every day (and made sure to keep them squeaky clean). I’ve moved onto several different silhouettes since then, and Nike now tops my list of the coolest white sneakers (the Air Force 1 is iconic for a reason!), the best black sneakers (I have a pair of black running sneakers that I wear almost every day), and even the best chunky sneakers, one of which I’ve included on this list. Some of the sneakers below retail for under $100, so you won’t be breaking the bank. I’ve also included a great slip-on sneaker option if you’re the kind of person who needs to get your shoes on and go in a flash.
- Best All-Around Nike Sneaker: Nike Air Force 1 ‘07 Sneaker
- Best Nike Sneaker For Working Out: Nike Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit Sneakers
- Best Low-Top Nike Sneaker: Nike Court Vision Low Sneaker
- Best Nike Sneaker for Running: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39
The Best Nike Sneakers
Best All-Around Nike Sneaker
We couldn’t not start off with the essential pair of Nike sneakers: the Nike Air Force 1, a true icon in the fashion and footwear worlds. This versatile, durable, and supremely comfortable pick has superseded footwear trends to become a true staple in the footwear collections of fashion lovers everywhere. I, for one, have gone through several pairs in my lifetime. Shop it in the classic all-white version or in an array of other variations like black, white with a teal blue stripe, and white with gold and silver accents.
Customer Review: "I have always been a Nike Air Force 1 fan! They’re one of my favorite sneakers. I believe they run a little big so I always go 1/2 a size down. Overall very comfortable and cute." — Nordstrom
Best High-Top Nike Sneaker
The Nike Blazer Mid ‘77 High-Top Sneaker has had a bit of a resurgence over the last few years, proving itself to be a stylish high-top option that’s also comfortable enough to wear all day. Great worn with a slip dress or with a mini skirt, the statement-making shoe is a bold take on the classic Nike sneaker. Plus, the leather upper can be worn super tight to the foot or more open, giving you an array of styling possibilities.
Customer Review: "These shoes were exactly what I was looking for. They look great with leggings and have a retro feel. I don’t mind the exposed foam on the tongue but I knew it had that when I bought them. They are hard to get on but I think that will get better once broken in. I normally wear a 9.5 in Nike and that’s what I got, no issues with sizing." — Nordstrom
Best Retro Nike Sneaker
A quick scroll through Pinterest or TikTok will no doubt bring up endless images for this specific pair of Nike Air Max ‘97 sneakers. While the silver option has remained popular through the years, the ‘97s are also available in this sleek white shade as well as vibrant pink, deep brown, and black. Definitely not for the faint of heart, these are the types of sneakers that make a statement every time you wear them. Style them with an equally-bright outfit for maximum impact.
Customer Review: "Love the old school vibe these shoes bring. Comfortable and stylish, great for wearing all day long. They run a bit big, so I would size 1/2 size down." — Nike
If you’ve read our roundup of the best running shoes for women—or just looked to the feet of the runners you follow on Instagram—you’ll know that different types of running require different types of shoes. This lightweight pair of Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 39s works is your ideal all-conditon running sneaker. It’s great for running in any weather and has enough padding to keep you comfortable while going the distance. Available in two colors, they’re designed to be extra breathable to boot.
Customer Review: "These have gotta be one of the most comfortable shoes i have ever worn. So comfortable that I actually bought a second pair in a different color and may even buy a 3rd pair in the NFL style shoe. Good all around shoe that can be worn everyday. Runs a little small so I recommend a half size up." — Nordstrom
Best Retro Nike Sneaker
The Nike Cortez sneaker was so beloved in Stranger Things that Nike collaborated with the show to come out with a new green pair back in 2019. In any case, the classic red, white, and blue colorway remains a must-buy for people looking for a touch of retro flair. They’re snug to the foot and lend a polished edge to any ensemble. The red-white-and-blue colorway is the most popular iteration, but you can catch limited-edition versions with each season.
Customer Review: "Love these shoes! Able to dress up and dress down. They are a good go to shoe as well as being comfortable. I usually wear a 8.5 but order up a size." — Nordstrom
Best Sleek Nike Sneaker
There are those super chunky sneakers you love to wear when you want to make a major impact, and then there are slender, easier, sneakers that are more low-profile that you wear every single day. These all-white and ‘80s-inspired Court Vision Low Sneakers from Nike are definitely in the latter category. Available in all-white or seven oher colorful combinations, this pair of low-rise sneakers won’t draw too much attention to themselves, in a good way. Don’t forget to wear them with your most colorful pair of socks.
Customer Review: "I love these shoes. Great quality, comfortable and it’s nice to get back to a more durable leather. I did have to size down a half size." — Famous Footwear
Best Fabric Nike Sneaker
This under-$100 pair of Daybreak sneakers from Nike is so easy to style with formal pieces and casual ones alike thanks to its off-white colorway and cream-colored accents. A touch retro courtesy of the ‘70s detailing and just a little bit modern-feeling thanks to the colorful touches, they’re the perfect wear-everywhere-with-everything type of sneaker. If you are looking for a pair that’s on the brighter side of things, they’re also available to shop in four other colors.
Customer Review: "Just the look I was wanting. A bit of old school but comfortable and goes with everything to add a little kick. Fast delivery too." — Nike
Best Nike Sneakers for Light Workouts
Not really a runner but on the hunt for a great pair of sneakers to wear on all of your Hot Girl Walks this season? Look no further—I’ve found your perfect pair. The Nike Air VaporMax 2021 Flyknit sneakers from NIke is an investment at $210, yes, but the bubble soles lend to just how comfortable these will be to wear. The stretchy knit upper material also moves with you for a weightless feeling as you go. I’m personally obsessed.
Customer Review: "I'm surprised by how comfortable these shoes are. I worth them and walked for miles and my feet did not hurt whatsoever. Highly recommend." — Nike
Best Slip-On Nike Sneakers
Easy slip-on sneakers are cropping up on the feet of all of the trendiest women right now, and this all-white pair from Nike is designed for everyday wear or working out in. Technically a tennis shoe, it’s made to be durable and life-proof thanks to the fabric upper. Shop it now in four other colors, including this all-white version, an all-black colorway, and a peachy pink option depending on your mood. Priced at under $100, you can’t go wrong.
Customer Review: "Super comfortable! No issues with blisters on my heels either when I wear them barefoot!" — Nike
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.
I Scoured Through Hundreds of Runway Shows—These Are the Color Trends of Summer 2023
From the neutrals of quiet luxury to highly-saturated statements.
By Emma Childs
Unearthed Prince Harry Interview from 2017 Reveals He Already Wanted Out of the Royal Family—But Stayed for One Reason
He and wife Meghan Markle eventually left their roles as senior royals in 2020.
By Rachel Burchfield
Matty Healy Addressed His Podcast Controversy: "It Doesn't Actually Matter"
By Iris Goldsztajn