by Chaima Filali
The Coolest Sneaker Trends and How to Style Them
A pair of fresh sneakers is the holy grail of any street-wear aficionado. And in 2020, the everyday item has redefined the concept of what it means to be fashionable. From scandi style that pairs silk maxi skirts with dad asics, to Raf Simons avant-garde creations that fly off of shelves, today’s sneaker selection is more varied than ever.
Be it a high-profile brand collab (like the Louis Vuitton x Supreme 2017 drop) or a unique customized pair, this year’s sneaker trends are all about diversity in style and creativity, offering not only modern, futuristic and extra-sporty pieces, but also retro sneakers that scream 80’s nostalgia.
Dive into the biggest sneaker trends and an ultimate guide of how to style them.
The high-top style is back this season, featuring pieces like the classic Converse or designer logo renditions such as the Dior ones – this style is undoubtedly the leading piece among other trends, a casual yet timeless pair that expresses a cool and laidback sense of style. Match a simple black pair of high-top Converse with mom jeans or with your favorite comfy cute tracksuit, practical for everyday wear, all the while elevating your style.
A big trend on social media, the chunky statement shoe has been around for seasons now, yet 2020 has switched it up. The Fila and Balenciagas are something of the past, with new designs being taken further – from embellished designer sneakers to colorful futuristic ones and even chunkier silhouettes. This is the perfect statement shoe. For the bold fashionista, complete your look by styling with a classic co-ord or a simple mini-skirt to let the shoes stand out.
8o’s Athletic and Colorful
80’s aesthetics aren’t done taking over the new decade’s styles and trends, and what’s not to love? A little pop of retro color never hurts, and the colorful athletic sneakers are making their way from tennis courts and athlete’s wardrobes to influencers and celebrities’ everyday looks. Brands like New Balance, Premiata and Puma are making modern multi-color sneakers, putting a playful and edgy twist to the old school style. The color-block kicks add a touch of freshness to any outfit, to be paired Scandi-style with a silk maxi skirt, a blazer dress or fun trousers. Rocking a rainbow pair of sneakers with a minimalist outfit is a must for this year, so don’t hesitate to add a vibrant pair to your collection.
Looking for a chic pair of sneakers that also adds inches to your height with all comfort and zero pain? The answer is clear platform sneakers. Brands from Ganni to Vans have created both classic and modernized creations of the much-loved style. From the simplest clean silhouettes to the most dramatic and oversized ones, this season the thicker the platform the better. So ditch the heels and switch up your summer dress wardrobe with this edgy pair.
White on White
No matter how many trends get on our lists, classic white sneakers will never go out of style. From the essential Adidas, Nike Air Force 1s or Reebok, all-white sneakers can be paired with anything sporty, classic or chic – there is no easier option. The go-to piece remains one of our summer wardrobe staples. No matter the design, the all-white look and the simple silhouettes can never do wrong.
The famous dad sneakers are having a major comeback this year; we all remember the pair our dad wore on the road trip, to attend our soccer games or at the grocery stores back in the day. Now those exact pairs are being spotted on everyone from super models to the most stylish influencers. Fashion brands gave life to the classic piece by elevating them with unique features, styles shapes and colors – and people are adapting them to their taste and fashion choices. Paired with a print skirt or a high-waisted pair of jeans, the timeless piece is a great refreshing addition and a must-have to keep up with 2020’s trends.
By: Chaima Halima Filali