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The Best Sneakers of 2020

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The sneaker was initially created out of necessity: In 776 B.C., runners competed at the first Greek Olympics in sandals, as being barefoot was too unbearable. In the 1500s, people added moss into their shoes at an attempt to find comfort. Finally, in the 1870s, rubber soles were put into shoes, and the sneaker was born. Today, sneakers are pieces of both function and style. For 2020, our favorite staples received some style upgrades, featuring brand-new colors and sustainable materials. Plus, we finally get to say au revoir to dad sneakers, and hello to fresh new styles. But it begs the question: what's next? Will it be the neon sneakers we saw at Versace? The high-tops at Margiela? Or, perhaps, the python Lanvin pairs that ruled the fall '20 runway? Our opinion: there's room for all. Ahead, we select some of the best sneakers to buy now.

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The Red-Hot Pair
DMX Thrill Shoes
Reebok reebok.com

This orange ombré pair has a lot of cushion and support, making it a stylish yet comfortable choice. 

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The '70s Pick
Champion Air Contrast Panel Sneakers
Karhu farfetch.com

The '70s-inspired tennis sneaker gets a twist in this black colorway. 

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The "Classic Blue"
OG Old Skool LX
Vans Vault fwrd.com

Pantone's color for 2020 is "classic blue," so use that as inspiration for your next sneaker hue. This lace up pair from Vans is easy to wear, gives you a little height boost, and comes in at under $100. The dark color makes it a versatile pick to have in your closet.

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The Glitter Pick
Deva 90's POP
Puma zappos.com

A colorful platform with a pop of glitter. What could be more fun?

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The Distressed Pick
Distressed Finish Low Top Sneakers
Golden Goose farfetch.com

These distressed sneakers pair perfectly with a tapered jean. 

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To Go With Everything
Lace-up Sneakers
Acne acnestudios.com

If you're over the chunkiness of "dad sneakers," try these white and cream styles from Acne. They're super casual and a very versatile addition to your wardrobe.

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The Sleek Pair
Platform Sneaker
Axel Arigato axelarigato.com

These black leather platform sneaks pair perfectly with black leggings.

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The Street Style Fave
Shoe Nike Cortez Basic
Nike nike.com

While Farrah Fawcett put this style on the map, this versatile sneaker is also a street style hit.  

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For Effortless Style
Logo Band Sock Sneaker
Prada nordstrom.com

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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Super Sustainable
Veja + Net Sustain V-10 Leather Sneakers
Veja net-a-porter.com

In the past couple of years, almost every fashion brand has made strides towards being more sustainable. These lowtop Veja best-sellers are made from upcycled materials and were just restocked—yay!

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The Statement Sneaks
Leopard Platform Chuck Taylor All Star
Converse converse.com

These animal print sneakers are subtle enough to wear every day, but are bold enough to be a standout piece.

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The Do-Gooders
4D RUN 1.0 Parley Shoes
Adidas adidas.com

Adidas has joined forces with Parley, an organization focused on ocean conversation. Together, they've repurposed marine plastic litter into sneakers.

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The Summer Go-To
runAROUND Bilt 2
Sole Rebels solerebels.com

These printed canvas sneaks with a jute sole feel like the summertime shoe we’ll be living in.

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For Collab Lovers
Zoom Vapor Street Sneakers
Nike X Off-White farfetch.com

Fashion collaborations rule the sneaker market, so expect brands to continue putting out products symbolic of the pair's 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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Best Unisex Style
The Prelude in Mid-Pink
Perry Co. perrycoshoes.com

When you and your boo want to match, this his-and-hers style couldn't be chicer. We stan a dude who wears pink!

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Most Directional
Experiment 4 Fury Trail by Pyer Moss
Reebok reebok.com

As technical as they are fashionable, this Reebok collab with Pyer Moss will definitely turn heads.

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Easiest to Wear
Women's Tree Loungers
All Birds allbirds.com

These are by far the slippiest slip-ons you’ve ever put on your feet.

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Most Versatile
Classic White
Fini fini.shoes

The modular design come with three additions that are easy to add on or change when you want to switch things up.

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The All-White Pick
Sonic Sneakers
Eytys shopbop.com

Looking for a statement sneaker in white? You'll capture everyone's attention with these this textured pair from Eytys. 

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Best Open Back
Replica Open-Back Sneakers
Maison Margiela farfetch.com

This backless sneaker from Maison Margiela is perfect for warmer months. Don't worry about the back heels/tab digging into your skin for this sneaker—they don't exist!


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