The 13 Best Sneakers of 2021

From reimagined classics to slip-on pairs.

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Courtesy Marni/Dolce & Gabbana/Ferragamo

Known for their comfort and ease, sneakers have transitioned from a commuter shoe into a bona fide fashion choice. Sometimes, they're the highlight of an outfit. Fortunately, in this $80 billion, heavily hyped industry, there are no shortage of options. Designers are constantly teaming up with household sneaker brands, meaning there's always a new pair and a new shoe trend around the corner. This season, we saw classic lace-up styles at Marni and Tory Burch, sporty pairs at Collina Strada and Dolce & Gabbana, and slip-on pairs at Gabriela Hearst and Ferragamo. Shop some of our favorite picks, below.

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Revamped Classics
Courtesy of Marni/Tory Burch

Whether it's a new take on an iconic shoe, like the revamped Chuck Taylor All Star shown at Marni (left), or a retro jogger modeled at Tory Burch (right), you'll want a pair of these old-school kicks for the new season.

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Cloudstratus
Courtesy of On Running
On on-running.com
$150.00

This performance-forward shoe has the maximum amount of cushioning, making it the ultimate fashion-forward option for running around.

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Run Star Hike
Converse
$100.00

Try an updated take on the Converse lace-up with this platform style, the Run Star Hike.

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GG Basket Sport Sneakers
Courtesy of Gucci
Gucci saksfifthavenue.com
$950.00

This rainbow bright high-top shoe is a must for any fashion-loving sneaker head. 

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Wyte Classic Version 4.0
Courtesy of Keex
Keex keexs.com
$99.00

Lace-ups will never go out of style. Try this vegan leather style that comes in at under $150.

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Low Top Sneaker
Courtesy of Valentino
Valentino Garavani farfetch.com
$980.00

This crochet version is not your run-of-the-mill sneaker. Each pair is hand-sewn, taking approximately 10 hours of construction time per shoe.

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Leather Low-Top Sneakers
Courtesy of Vejas
Veja saksfifthavenue.com
$150.00

These red, white, and blue low-tops will be your weekend go-to. 

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Colorblock Sneakers
Courtesy of Fini Shoes
Fini Shoes fini.shoes
$169.00

Handcrafted in Portugal, these bold sneakers are like wearing art on your foot—they're fashioned after a Picasso painting.

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Run White Sneaker
Courtesy of Y3
Y-3 farfetch.com
$350.00

This black and white Y-3 sneaker is neutral on color but big on impact. 

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Air Zoom SuperRep Sneakers
Courtesy of Nike
NIKE net-a-porter.com
$120.00

These heavy-tred Nike sneakers are surprisingly light for all-day wear.  

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Slip it On
Courtesy Gabriela Hearst/Ferragamo

The comfiest option out there. Try this slip-on style for minimal effort. Gabriela Hearst (left) showcased a gray style that will be your new neutral pair, while Ferragamo (right) debuted a white and black color-block pair. Grab and go!

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S-KB SOCK QB
Diesel diesel.com
$198.00

This sock style from Diesel is made from mélange stretch knit and is incredibly lightweight. 

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XT-6 Advanced Sneakers
Courtesy of Salomon
Salomon S/Lab farfetch.com
$210.00

A fly knit construction and a ridged rubber sole keep you foot from slipping out of this cool slip-on sneaker with faux lace-up detailing.

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Bodie Slip Ons
Courtesy of Michael Michael Kors
Michael Michael Kors farfetch.com
$198.00

Slip into these round-toe, flat sole sneaker that's the perfect accompaniment to any athleisure look.

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Viv' Run Strass Buckle
Roger Vivier
$1,200.00

Streetwear meets sophisticated in this crystal buckle pair from Roger Vivier. 

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Classic Slip-On sneakers
Courtesy of Vans
Vans farfetch.com
$80.00

The quintessential Van slip-on gets a groovy makeover in a bold tie-dye print.

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Plat Slip-On Sneakers
Courtesy of Bottega Veneta
Bottega Veneta farfetch.com
$950.00

These chic Bottega slip-ons showcases the fashion house's signature Intrecciato design, crafted entirely from black leather.

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