Editors handpick every product that we feature. We may earn commission from the links on this page.

The Best Sneakers of 2020

Walk on.

farrah fawcett
ABC Photo ArchivesGetty Images

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.

Courtesy
1 of 20
The Red-Hot Pair
DMX Thrill Shoes
Reebok reebok.com
$100.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesy
2 of 20
The '70s Pick
Champion Air Contrast Panel Sneakers
Karhu farfetch.com
$78.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesy
3 of 20
The "Classic Blue"
OG Old Skool LX
Vans Vault fwrd.com
$75.00

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.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesy
4 of 20
The Glitter Pick
Deva 90's POP
Puma zappos.com
$84.38

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesy
5 of 20
The Distressed Pick
Distressed Finish Low Top Sneakers
Golden Goose farfetch.com
$480.00

These distressed sneakers pair perfectly with a tapered jean. 

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
6 of 20
To Go With Everything
Lace-up Sneakers
Acne acnestudios.com
$380.00

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.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesy
7 of 20
The Sleek Pair
Platform Sneaker
Axel Arigato axelarigato.com
$204.00

These black leather platform sneaks pair perfectly with black leggings.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesy
8 of 20
The Street Style Fave
Shoe Nike Cortez Basic
Nike nike.com
$75.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
9 of 20
For Effortless Style
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.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
10 of 20
Super Sustainable
Veja + Net Sustain V-10 Leather Sneakers
Veja net-a-porter.com
$150.00

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!

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
11 of 20
The Statement Sneaks
Leopard Platform Chuck Taylor All Star
Converse converse.com
$70.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesyy
12 of 20
The Do-Gooders
4D RUN 1.0 Parley Shoes
Adidas adidas.com
$180.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
13 of 20
The Summer Go-To
runAROUND Bilt 2
Sole Rebels solerebels.com
$120.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
14 of 20
For Collab Lovers
Zoom Vapor Street Sneakers
Nike X Off-White farfetch.com
$365.00

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.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesy
15 of 20
Best Unisex Style
The Prelude in Mid-Pink
Perry Co. perrycoshoes.com
$170.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
16 of 20
Most Directional
Experiment 4 Fury Trail by Pyer Moss
Reebok reebok.com
$250.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
17 of 20
Easiest to Wear
Women's Tree Loungers
All Birds allbirds.com
$95.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
18 of 20
Most Versatile
Classic White
Fini fini.shoes
$149.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
20-04-23 Accessories AM1 B9 davi
19 of 20
The All-White Pick
Sonic Sneakers
Eytys shopbop.com
$210.00

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

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Courtesy
20 of 20
Best Open Back
Replica Open-Back Sneakers
Maison Margiela farfetch.com
$530.00

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!

•••

For more stories like this, including celebrity news, beauty and fashion advice, savvy political commentary, and fascinating features, sign up for the Marie Claire newsletter (subscribe here).

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses. You may be able to find more information about this and similar content at piano.io