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18 Backpacks That Will Make You Rethink Your Go-To Bag

Your shoulders will thank you.

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Backpacks have become the perfect choice for a hassle-free schlep across town. Gone are the days when you'd only spot them on the shoulders of Coachella-goers—now, investing in a luxe leather backpack has become just as satisfying as getting your hands on that new Gucci shoulder bag you've been eyeing. Ahead, we've rounded up the best backpacks for every occasion, from the gym to the office, that will make you reconsider grabbing your tote the next time you walk out the door.

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Best for Commuting
The ReNew Transit Backpack

Everlane's minimalist ReNew backpack, made out of 100 percent recycled polyester, can fit a 15-inch laptop. Plus, it's water-resistant for those unpredictable rain showers on the commute home from work. 

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The Investment Backpack
Gucci 1955 Horsebit Backpack

With a structured silhouette in glossy leather, Gucci's gorgeous 1955 Horsebit backpack is equipped with leather straps and a front zippered pouch. It'll be hard not to keep it on display in your closet forever, but it deserves to be paraded through the streets. 

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Most Long-Lasting
Enku Leather Backpack in Walnut
Unoeth unoeth.com

Like a fine wine, this sumptuous leather backpack in a classic shape will only get better with age.

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Monogram Option
The Canvas Somerset Backpack

Madewell's sturdy canvas backpack is every boho lover's dream, and even has the option to be monogrammed. 

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Best for the Gym
City Adventurer Backpack 17L

Once you realize that this chrome backpack has an interior water bottle pocket, plus enough room for a change of clothes and sneakers, you'll wonder how you ever made the office-to-gym commute carrying anything else.

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The Transport Rucksack

Behold: a vegan leather bag that can be carried by the handle, worn over both shoulders, or slung over one arm without any worry that you're going to rip the straps. It has enough room to fit your entire life—laptop, tampons, lipstick, and all—and comes in black if you plan to keep it at the front of your closet year-round.

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Best for the Weekend
Leather Backpack

Blink and you'll almost mistake this backpack for a classic bucket bag. If you can afford to splurge a little, this soft leather silhouette is sturdy, beautiful, and has an easily accessible pocket to slip your phone into so it doesn't drown in your receipts.

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Most Timeless
Globetrotter Backpack
Sarep + Rose sareprose.com

We might as well call this backpack Mary Poppins because it's practically perfect in every way.

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Most Stylish
Metro Backpack
MZ Wallace

The quilted pattern on this MZ Wallace bag lets you pull off a cooler vibe in laid-back work environments without looking like you're heading to Coachella.

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Best for International Travel
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Paravel tourparavel.com

Paravel's leather-trimmed, water-resistant canvas backpack screams, "Take me to Italy!"

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Most Versatile
Caraa x Athleta Convertible Backpack

Meredith Blake, is that you? This black mini canvas backpack is perfect to schlep around during shopping trips or grocery runs without sacrificing your style.

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Best Mini
Diagonal Print Binder Backpack
Off-White farfetch.com

Off-White’s signature black and white stripes make it onto this mini backpack that holds all the essentials your shoulder bag does, but while freeing your hands.

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Most Compact
Packable Backpack
Baggu shopbop.com

It rolls up to the size of two pairs of socks, making it the perfect stowaway for any vacation that may need an all day excursion kind of bag.

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For a '90s Vibe
Veau Foulonne Backpack
Longchamp Bloomingdales

This is not your middle school Longchamp tote bag—it's better. Again, Meredith Blake would approve. 

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Best Backpack Buddy
Eyes Leather-Trimmed Shell Backpack
Anya Hindmarch net-a-porter.com

Why have a plain black backpack when you can have one with character?

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Most Iconic
Medium Nylon Backpack
Prada nordstrom.com

“I like my Skechers, but I love my Prada backpack." Wiser words were never spoken, thanks to Bianca in Ten Things I Hate About You. Prada’s nylon accessories are a '90s classic that are here to stay.

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Best Flair
Leather Backpack With Chain
Maje maje.com

Fringe is always a good idea.

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Best to Throw Sh*t Into
The Backpack

One reviewer said this Beis backpack was her favorite birthday present to herself, so that's really all you need to know. 


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