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The Best Sneakers of 2019 — Time to Break Your "No More Shopping" Rule

I'll just buy one pair, okay?

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Design by Morgan McMullen

Sneakers have always had a permanent spot in my shoe closet, next to the summer sandals, snow boots, and ballet flats. They're always a reliable source of comfort, whether I'm walking back from pilates class or going to an industry event after work. But over the years, I've added trendier styles into the rotation, like a pair of Koio dad sneakers and velcro kicks. Last year, the dad sneaker reigned supreme, but this style isn't the only "It" shoe for 2019. Based on what's available to shop now, we've rounded up the 16 sneaker contenders ahead.

For Those Who Love Collabs
Sk8-Hi Sneaker
Vans x Vivienne Westwood nordstrom.com

The latest cool sneaker collaboration you need to know is Vans x Vivienne Westwood. The brand joined forces with the British fashion house to create a unisex footwear capsule collection. This particular peachy pair is made from vegetable-dyed tan leather. The mailing address pays tribute to Westwood's flagship store in London. 

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For the Animal Print Lovers
UltraBOOST X 3DS Primeknit sneakers
adidas by Stella McCartney net-a-porter.com

You've seen animal print on the sides and maybe even on the toes of sneakers, but adidas by Stella McCartney took it one step further with leopard printed soles! It's not as flashy as one might think thanks to the the all-black tones everywhere else. Elasticated logo straps keep your feet secure while the soles have a "Boost" technology that add a spring to your step.

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For the Sporty Gals
ERX 260 High Top
Converse converse.com

For Converse lovers who want to try a new design, the brand just dropped this basketball-inspired silhouette. It comes in two different colorblocking shades, though my favorite is this black/red pair. It reminds me of the popular Jordan sneakers everyone had to have from my childhood. 

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For the Lazy Ones
Alicia Sneakers
Senso senso.com.au

Sneakers that you can literally slide on (into?) and just go. This backless style is perfect for the lazy gal in all of us. Style with your weekend leggings or sweats.

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For the Dad-Sneaker Haters
Alphaedge 4D Logo-Intarsia Primeknit Sneakers
adidas by Stella McCartney net-a-porter.com

The dad sneaker-adversed will appreciate the sleeker style of sock sneakers. Though this shape has been around for a few seasons, it has become an easily wearable staple under maxi dresses or tucked underneath slouchy boyfriend jeans.

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For Those With Classic Tastes
Cabo Low Top Sneaker
Topshop nordstrom.com

Does anyone else wear their white sneakers to the brink of death? Replenish your collection with a new pair from Topshop. This one is only $45 so you can invest in two, maybe even three, pairs since you know they'll be worn 24/7.

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For the Minimalist
Model 000
Atoms atoms.com

Atoms just opened its first retail location in SoHo, NYC. If you haven't heard of this minimalist footwear brand yet, Atoms stands out for its sneaker offerings in quarter-size increments plus the ability to select different sizes for your left and right feet. You'll never have trouble finding the perfect fit. 

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For Cat Owners
Rhyton Printed Leather Sneakers
Gucci net-a-porter.com

This "Rhyton" Gucci sneaker will capture your kitty-loving soul. The print was actually inspired by vintage postcards and Alessandro Michele's own love of animals. The design is a quick way to make your white sneakers look less plain.

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For a Boot-Meets-Sneaker Combo
T-Rex FF Mesh and Leather Sneakers
Fendi neimanmarcus.com

This sneaker is the shoe you put on and go "well, this is fancy," thanks to all the luxe fashion house details like the rubber logo, Fendi heel tab, and the Fendi mesh print. (Alright I get it, this shoe is from Fendi! And I want it.) The chunky sole also gives it boot-like vibes.

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For Everyday Wear
V-10 Leather Sneakers
Veja net-a-porter.com

If you're an Adidas Stan Smith fan, you'll definitely love these kicks from Veja. They come in multiple colors for a not-so-basic white sneaker look and have the right amount of cushion on the sole. As a testament to their popularity, even the Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle has a pair.

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For the Trendsetters
Tie Dye
Pharrell x adidas NMD Hu Trail stadiumgoods.com

There's no escaping this year's tie dye trend. The design has trickled down from tops to footwear, giving you gloriously colorful sneakers like these Pharrell x Adidas kicks. It's just what you need to make your dark winter outfits pop.

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For the Gingham-Print Obsessed
Slide Sneakers
Golden Goose shopbop.com

So you need a (cute) beat-up sneaker? I recommend this gingham print hightop option from Golden Goose. The purposeful scuffs give the kicks a roughed up look, which balances out the preppier print. They're the perfect pair of sneakers to wear with skinny jeans.

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For Nike Lovers
Air Max 180 Suede Sneakers
Nike + AMBUSH net-a-porter.com

Nike's known for their various partnerships and now they've teamed up with AMBUSH to create this futuristic shoe, which comes in a black and white option. The shoe is lined with comfortable neoprene and a chunky rubber sole provides traction as you walk down the stairs. 

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For the Bold
AW Bball Hi-Top Sneakers
adidas Originals by Alexander Wang shopbop.com

For those who consider sneakers an expression of their identity and you have a bold personality, you'll want these Pepto-Bismol-pink shoes. The fun color suits those who want to stand out and set the trend in their friend group. 

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For the Fall Weather
Sonnie Genuine Shearling High-Top Sneaker
CHLOÉ nordstrom.com

Get ahead of the winter 2019 sneaker game with this shearling streetwear-driven shoe. The designer sneaker is available right now in several sizes and will arrive at your doorstep just as the leaves change colors and float to the ground.

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For an Alternative to the Snakeskin Boot
Congo Sneaker
Alexandre Birman alexandrebirman.com

If you're not ready to wear snake print as a dress or top, test out the waters with a shoe that really won't change up your everyday look too much. Here, Alexandre Birman masterfully incorporates the trendy design into a wearable sneaker.


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