The Best Sneakers of 2018 Are Here and They'll Make You Forget High Heels

All about that athleisure life.

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Sneakers are more of a staple in fashion girls' wardrobes than ever before. As a child I had one pair of sneakers…from Payless. Now, I have more than six different not-for-exercising styles in my closet. And it seems I'll only be collecting more: Season after season, new iterations of our favorite kicks are reimagined in new colors and updated designs.

Take Demna Gvasalia of Balenciaga's "dad sneakers," which were released earlier this year. The shoes are reminiscent of the Skechers you—or your father—might have worn in the '90s. Its triple S design wrought a host of lookalikes by other brands and just like that, the fashion crowd embraced the chunky shoes with open arms. (It took me a few months, but now I, too, own a pair of dad sneaks.)

While this may very well be the It shoe of 2018, it's not the only sneaker on my must-have list. Think: fancy logo-embossed kicks and everyday merino wool sneakers (thanks Allbirds). Once you've had your fill of the most stylish picks, below, check out the comfiest pairs—they're all approved by footwear experts.

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1 The Velcro Sneaker
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Gola low-top sneaker, $65

SHOP IT

Velcro sneakers aren't just for kids, they're for lazy adults like myself, too. When I'm in a rush, tangled laces are the bane of my existence, hence my full-fledge support for this velcro pair from Gola that doesn't look child-like at all.

2 The "Meghan Effect" Sneaker
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Veja leather sneaker, $150

SHOP IT

Meghan Markle wore these Veja sneakers in October during the royal tour, which instantly made them a must-have for royal watchers. Fortunately, the "Meghan Effect," hasn't completely caused a shortage in this black color. The French brand puts a huge focus on environmental sustainability, so, you know, that can be your reason for buying them.

3 The Wildcard Sneaker
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Golden Goose superstar sneaker, $600

SHOP IT

The combination of all the different animal prints, somehow, works together. When the rest of your outfit is plain, wear this ridiculously patterned sneaker to give your ensemble a little personality—guarantee it has more than any other shoe in your closet.

4 The Espadrille Sneaker
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Marc Fisher Janette sneaker, $130

SHOP IT

This designer footwear merges the sock-sneaker with espadrilles for a unique shoe that's both casual and athletic and can be worn with virtually any outfit in your closet. I'm thinking with this Misa dress?

5 The Two-Tone Sneaker
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They New York two-tone sneaker, $251

SHOP IT

Minimalists will love these two-toned sneakers' simple yet elevated design—one level up from your all-white shoes. The footwear is crafted from luxurious leather and is surprisingly lightweight, perfect for touring whatever city you're headed to for vacation.

6 The Furturistic Sneaker
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Nike VaporMax sneaker, $190

SHOP IT

Nike's VaporMax sneakers have a space-age quality to them thanks to their transparent bubble soles. The runner's shoe is designed with a comfortable cushioned fit, sturdy support, and plenty of traction. You'll find yourself slipping into these kicks even when you're not training for a race.

7 The Sock Sneaker
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Tory Burch sock performance sneaker, $208

SHOP IT

Sock sneakers are like cozy knitted blankets for your feet. They're so comfortable, you can wear them with or without actual socks, though I prefer to wear mine with. Usually comfort isn't stylish (and vice versa), but these pair well with fully half my wardrobe (and elevate those looks too).

8 The Athelsiure Sneaker
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Fenty x Puma avid sneaker, $98

SHOP IT

The central cutout may seem odd, but is actually practical when you think about it: 1. It lets your feet breathe (fresh air!) so they won't get sweaty or smelly since socks are sort of a no-go in these. And 2. your feet can get some sun. Though, I do recommend wearing sunscreen in that area—no one wants patchy tan lines (or skin cancer).

9 The Logo Sneaker
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Fendi sneaker, $690

SHOP IT

If you're a sneaker fanatic, designer kicks are worth the investment. And this season make your splurge these Fendi slip-ons. The embossed logo-strap and pearl buckle design are some of the fancy features you get for that price.

10 The Dad Sneaker
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Ash dad sneaker, $275

SHOP IT

It took a few months, but I’ve finally come around to dad sneakers, especially if they're very bold design is tempered by a subtle color, like this pair by Ash. The all-white kicks look great with baggy mom jeans or under a breezy maxi dress for your December vacation.

11 The Instagram Sneaker
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Allbirds wool runner, $95

SHOP IT

Made from superfine merino wool, Allbirds' sneakers are celebrated for their all-around comfort and sustainable design. (Each pair of shoe laces is created from one old plastic bottle!) These machine-washable sneakers are the everyday shoes you'll be relieved to have in your closet.

12 The Statement Sneaker
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Marc Jacobs sneaker, $175

SHOP IT

Make a splashy entrance with Marc Jacobs' "love" embroidered sneakers. The red, blue, yellow, gold, and black tones are a treat for the eyes—and your wardrobe. Wear a plain outfit, so the shoes can shine on their own.

13 The Hype Sneaker
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Off-White sneaker, $685

SHOP IT

There's no mistaking Off-White sneakers for another brand. Virgil Abloh's creations have become a streetwear crowd pleaser, especially his shoes with the iconic orange zip ties. Now that he's the artistic director of Louis Vuitton's menswear, expect to see more sought-after pieces by the designer on the feet of fashion's most fashionable.

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