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

I'll just buy one pair, okay?

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, the runways, and the pre-fall 2019 collections, we've rounded up the 11 sneaker contenders ahead.

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For Everyday Wear
V-10 Leather Sneakers

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.

For the Trendsetters
Tie Dye
Pharrell x adidas NMD Hu Trail

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 white summer dress pop. 

For Clare Waight Keller Fans
White Leather Sneakers
Givenchy x Onitsuka Tiger

Coming straight from the runways are these Givenchy x Onitsuka Tiger sneakers. The partnership marks a first for both brands and combines elements from the two labels: the dynamic Onitsuka Tiger stripe lines are complemented with Givenchy lettering. Prior to this collab, Clare Waight Keller was already a fan of Onitsuka Tiger, so consider me obsessed now.

For a Height Boost
Exaggerated Soles
Alexander McQueen Leather Sneakers

Exaggerated soles are still in for the season, and this black-and-white sneaker manages to embody the trend in a sleek way. I'll be taking bets on which of Wang's muses, from Bella Hadid to Kaia Gerber, will be wearing these.

For Summertime Vibes
Slide Sneakers
Golden Goose

So you need a summer 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 under a billowy white dress.

For Sporty Gals
Open Velcro Sneakers
Acne Studios

Acne Studios just released its highly-anticipated Bolzter sneaker, which first debuted during the brand's spring 2019 runway show. The rugged style comes in a lace-up or velcro strap version and captures the true hiker aesthetic for a rather stylish fashion crowd. How does one wear this? With a simple dress or blue crop jeans, of course. 

For Nike Lovers
Air Max 180 Suede Sneakers

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. 

For Vacationing In
Sunnie Sneaker
Dr. Scholl's

While we count sandals and flip-flops as practical vacation shoes, this espadrille sneaker may be replacing both in our suitcase. The woven texture never goes out of style and a versatile white color makes for easy pairing with any outfit. This shoe will do wonders when it comes to creating extra space in your carry-on for souvenirs. 

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

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. 

For the Fall Weather
Sonnie Genuine Shearling High-Top Sneaker

Get ahead of the fall 2019 sneaker game with this shearling streetwear-driven shoe. The designer sneaker is available for pre-order right now and will arrive at your doorstep just as the leaves change colors for autumn.  

For Animal Print Lovers
Congo Sneaker
Alexandre Birman

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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