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Top 8 Sneaker Styles (Past and Present)

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What are the Most Popular Past and Present Sneaker Styles?

Over the past few years, sneakers have become the go-to shoes for just about anybody. With casual clothing in the workplace becoming more and more accepted, and many people working from home some or all of the week these days, sneakers are the top choice of footwear for many. Trainers that were once only worn for running or hiking have become an everyday wardrobe essential and paired with all kinds of different outfits. Keep reading to find out more about some of the most popular sneaker styles right now, and past trends that just keep coming back around.

Top 8 Sneaker Styles

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1. High-Tops

High-top sneakers like Converse never go out of style. They might have waned for a short period but are coming back around right now. They are a classic choice and essential for your wardrobe as they go with just about anything. They are unisex, and great for pairing with a casual outfit, wearing to work, and much more. They’re comfortable, easy to wear, and super versatile. High-top sneakers are available from various brands, and in lots of different styles and colors. Go for a classic pair of white Converse high-tops, or the other extreme with a chunky, colorful style that really stand out.

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2. Chunky Trainers

Chunky trainers are back in fashion and all the rage right now with luxury brands like Balenciaga taking center stage. Known as the ‘dad trainer’ to some, these sneakers prioritize comfort but are becoming more and more stylish. With ‘90s vibes making a massive fashion comeback, the chunky trainer is a must-have to pair with your baggy jeans and a comfortable puffer coat.

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3. Classic Sneakers

Classic styles like Nike Air Force 1 or Adidas Originals sneakers never seem to go out of style and are always coming back around in terms of popularity. They’re so versatile, that no matter what the current fashion trends are looking like in terms of clothing, you can pair any outfit with these trainers and look amazing. There are tons of styles and colors available to choose from, so it’s up to you whether you want to build a collection so that you have something to wear with every outfit or stick to one or two versatile pairs that will go with just about anything.

4. Sock Trainers

Sock trainers like the hugely popular style from Balenciaga are another huge trend right now. They’re so comfortable and easy to wear; all you need to do is pull them on. They fit like a sock with soles, so you can protect your feet while enjoying ultimate comfort all day long. While these look a bit sportier compared to other sneaker styles, you can still easily pair them with almost any outfit.

5. Skater Style Sneakers

While the popularity for skater-style sneakers like Vans has waned a little over the past few years, they are making a bit of a fashion comeback, and are still very popular with lots of people. Simple, comfortable, versatile and easy to wear, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Vans or similar shoes for those occasions where you don’t want to look too sporty, like a day at work. They’re great for smart casual outfits in particular as they are stylish and classy.

6. Running Shoes

Running shoes or gym trainers were once only reserved for doing exercise, but these days they are becoming a more and more popular option as an everyday shoe. They are great for people who are on their feet a lot, for example, if you have quite an active job, as they are designed to offer optimum support to your feet and legs. Not only that, but lots of running and gym shoes have stunning designs that make them look fantastic when paired with a variety of outfits, so you don’t have to only wear them when you’re working out.

7. Hiking Trainers

Another style of shoe that was once only used for a specific purpose is coming back around as a bigger fashion statement this time. Hiking trainers are a popular choice of footwear these days, as more and more people are putting comfort first when it comes to the shoes they wear. These chunky, supportive and comfortable trainers will look fantastic whether you’re actually going on a hike or just going to the shops.

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8. Designer Sneakers

Last but not least, sneakers with designer logos are also growing in popularity. Brands like Christian Louboutin, for example, are picking up on the huge sneaker boom these days and have come out with a range of luxurious trainers and sneakers for those who have ditched high heels. If you want to wear sneakers but with some added style, you can get plenty of options emblazoned with designer logos like Gucci, Dior, Prada and more.

Sneakers are the top choice for most people these days when it comes to footwear. Once reserved for exercise, they’re now a major fashion statement with lots of styles available to choose from. Which of these styles do you wear most often? We’d love to hear from you.