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The Best Sneakers of 2020

Yes, you need a pair.

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Design by Morgan McMullen

Good news, everyone: Sneakers are still in for 2020. For the new year, expect your favorite staple to receive some major style upgrades, whether in a brand-new color or crafted from sustainable material. Dad sneakers, in particular, have ruled the roost for the pass few seasons, which begs the question: What's next? Will it be the cutout sneakers we saw at Kate Spade New York's spring '20 show? Or, perhaps, the platform styles that ruled R13's spring '20 runway? Ahead, we predict what sneakers will be popular in 2020. The best part: You don't have to wait to shop them.

The Collab Sneaker
Vapor Street Ripstop Sneaker
Nike + Off-White net-a-porter.com
$190.00

Fashion collaborations ruled 2019, so expect brands to continue debuting products symbiotic of the pairs creative geniuses. Off-White x Nike is one obvious cool partnership that brings you colorful kicks like these, a must for any color lover's wardrobe.

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The Navy Sneaker
Jeri Slip-On Sneaker
Karl Lagerfeld Paris nordstrom.com
$77.37

Pantone's color for 2020 is "classic blue," so use that as inspiration for your next sneaker hue. This slip-on navy kick from Karl Lagerfeld Paris is easy to wear, gives you a little height boost, and comes in at just under $100. The dark color makes it a versatile pick to have in your closet.

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The Plimsoll Sneaker
Blank Low Lace-Up Sneaker
Celine celine.com
$520.00

Over the chunkiness of dad sneakers? You might find yourself obsessing over the plimsoll sneakers spotted on Celine's spring 2020 runway. They're super casual and a very versatile addition to your wardrobe. Give the style a try with a similar low-top shoe like this one.

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The Puffer Sneaker
Aw Puff Trainers
adidas Originals by Alexander Wang shopbop.com
$250.00

This futuristic sneaker almost passes for a snow boot, but looks ten times cooler. If you're looking for a shoe that draw attention, this is the one. The puffer-like exterior is made from quilted faux leather while the sock-like fit around the ankle ensures your feet is protected from all the annoying winter elements. 

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The Eco-Friendly Sneaker
Cotton and Corn Shoes
Reebok reebok.com
$69.97

Almost every fashion brand, from Zara to Burberry and Roland Mouret are striving towards being more sustainable in 2020 and beyond. Look for sneaker selections that are not only made from recycled materials, but unexpected things like corn. (Ex: This Reebok shoe is made from 100 percent cotton and has a "biobased" sole derived from corn.) Though this sneaker falls into the fashion category, a plant-based functional performance sneaker is in the works for 2020. 

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The Cutout Sneaker
Eclypse Cutout Sneaker
Stella McCartney nordstrom.com
$665.00

You don't have to wait until next year to shop those colorful cutout sneakers from Kate Spade New York's spring 2020 runway—you can get a similar pair from Stella McCartney right now. Letting your feet breathe is fun! Though, styling it with socks (we have tons of good recommendations here) would be a good idea for the middle of winter.

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The Boot-Sneaker Hybrid
Fanvelw Sneakers
Superga shopbop.com
$99.00

I'm loving the "is it a boot or a sneaker?" aesthetic that I've spotted from some brands like Superga and Converse.  This pair, in particular, caught my attention because of the vivid zebra stripes. The design is just the right amount of flashy print to add to your everyday outfits. Adding this to my 2020 shoe wishlist. 

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The Sock Sneaker
Logo Band Sock Sneaker
Prada nordstrom.com
$690.00

A sporty sneaker you can slide into and out of, without dealing with bothersome laces. This designer kick is for those who gravitates towards a black and white sneaker with a twist.

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The Back Strap Sneaker
Backstrap Lace Speedster Sneakers
Bottega Veneta bottegaveneta.com
$950.00

Looking for a statement sneaker in white? You'll capture everyone's attention with these velcro back strap sneakers from Bottega Veneta. I'd rock the shoes without socks, but if you want to test the combo out, pick up a pair here.

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The Platform Sneaker
Monki Check Print Platform
ASOS asos.com
$26.00

Platform shoes made a comeback on the spring 2020 runways, so get ahead of the game with these plaid sneakers. The wintertime-appropriate print offers a style variation amongst your black and white kicks. Wear with jeans to work or sweats for your days off.

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The Minimalist Sneaker
Wing Low Leather Sneakers
Givenchy mytheresa.com
$695.00

According to Mytheresa's Fashion Buying Director Tiffany Hsu, a big trend for spring 2020 is the '70s-inspired tennis sneaker and a resurgence of minimalistic styles. You'll have no trouble styling this effortless pair of everyday kicks, whether to the office or to drinks with your girlfriends.

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The Backless Sneaker
Backless Leather Sneakers
Maison Margiela modaoperandi.com
$545.00

This backless sneaker comes from Maison Margiela's resort 2020 collection. It's available for pre-order now and will arrive just in time for spring, when you can finally ditch your thick wool socks. Don't worry about the back heels/tab digging into your skin for this sneaker, they don't exist!

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