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- We asked 16 fashion-forward experts for their most prized sneakers – and how they style them.
- Refresh your sneaker rotation with their top picks, from Converse and Nike to Balenciaga and Yeezy.
- For more on shoes, check out our roundup of comfortable shoes and guide to the best white sneakers.
It’s impossible to label a single pair of sneakers the “most stylish” of them all. That’s because everyone’s personal style, preferences, and needs vary. Instead of sharing a few options that may or may not be “cool” in your book, we spoke with a group of industry experts who know a thing or two about style and sneakers.
When we asked editors, stylists, and influencers to tell us about their favorite pairs of sneakers, we knew there was a chance we’d get a monotonous handful of options. To our luck – and yours – their sneaker picks run the gamut. From classic Converse and sporty Air Jordans to chunky “dad shoes” and sustainable kicks, there’s a stylish sneaker for everyone in this roundup. These 16 pairs of sneaks are ride-or-dies for our experts – and they might soon end up in your closet, too.
The 16 most stylish sneakers, according to experts:
“My favorite sneakers are usually the classics with a fun twist — an eye-catching detail that sets them apart and makes them seem special. It’s one of the reasons I’m such a big fan of Converse’s Chuck Taylor All-Star Platforms. For starters, I tend to pair white sneakers with just about any outfit, whether it’s a dress or a casual pair of jeans because it’s a clean, neutral shoe that always provides some sort of balance. The platform, however, adds a bit of playfulness —not to mention a little height for 5’0″ me. Styled with a tube sock, these babies make just enough of a statement without being overpowering.” — Samantha Sutton, senior fashion editor at InStyle.com
“I really love a neutral sneaker with a subtle pop of color, but I’m also always on the lookout for a pair that makes my size ten feet look a little less lanky. The Nike Daybreak in Vegas Gold has the ideal silhouette — streamlined, almond toe, a bit of lift on the sole. Orange is currently my favorite color to wear, so the swoosh detail and the tan suede work with a ton of pieces in my wardrobe at the moment. I’ll style them with everything from leather trousers to high-waisted denim shorts and either a sweater, baggy t-shirt, or a vintage button-up in an array of warm tones. Bonus? They’re also insanely comfortable.” — Hannah Baxter, deputy beauty editor at The Zoe Report
Buffalo CLD Chai Sneaker
“My go-to pair is the Buffalo London Chai sneakers. They’re all white, making them super easy to style and they have the perfect platform to give me that extra height. Most importantly, they are super comfortable and perfect for everyday wear!”— Ashley Jones, content creator and blogger
New Balance Made in US 990v5
“As a sneaker obsessive, I have a closet full of styles I cycle through — Nike Dunks, Vans Slip-Ons, and Adidas’ Wales Bonner collab all included — but, one style I keep coming back to is New Balance’s 990v5. It’s not as clunky as other “dad shoes” but it still has the sporty-dorky vibe that I like. Just add tall socks, and everything from workout gear to a floaty dress looks good with these shoes.” — Aemilia Madden, senior fashion editor at The Zoe Report
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top
“My favorite sneakers are my white Chuck Taylor All-Star Low Tops. These shoes are comfortable and timeless, and they match everything. I love styling them with feminine dresses to make the look feel more casual.” — Tyler Chanel, ethical blogger
Thousand Fell Lace Up
“Thousand Fell is a sustainable shoe brand that makes sneakers out of recycled bottles and natural rubber. I love how innovative they are in the ways they incorporate sustainable practices into their business. They’re vegan and use food waste like coconut husk and sugar cane to replace unnecessary plastic. At the end of use, you can turn the shoes back in to be recycled and they turn the old materials into new shoes. I also love how comfortable and versatile these shoes are.” — Gabby Sage Masuda Ambata, content creator
Adidas Originals Torsion TRDC
“My go-to pair of sneakers are Adidas’s Torsion TRDC shoe. I got them last year as more of a fashion sneaker — I wore them with joggers and wide-leg pants through winter, but they’re so comfortable that they eventually became my go-to workout shoe, too. They’re more cushiony than I’m used to, but they’re the perfect fit for hiking or walking outside.” — Lauren Caruso, fashion editor and creative consultant
Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers
“My favorite pair of stylish sneakers would have to be my Balenciaga Triple S Sneakers in grey. I love these sneakers because the color palette is so neutral and pairs well with almost any outfit. I can dress them up or dress them down, which is why they’re my go-to sneakers for any season.” — Britney Turner, founder and CEO of The Boss Up Inc.
Nike Air Jordan 1 Low
“The Air Jordan 1 sneakers are an iconic and timeless style that remains top of the list for most coveted sneakers. Whether you prefer the low- or high-tops, they are a fun staple to work into your wardrobe. If you can get your hands on a pair, I would style them with a casual T-shirt dress and trench coat or pair them with a relaxed fit jean, cropped tee, and oversized blazer. Both ways help you easily achieve the effortless ‘cool girl’ street style look with the AJ1 sneakers.” — Katie Peare, celebrity stylist
Nike Air Jordan 3 Retro
“I’ve been a huge fan of the Air Jordan 3 Retro since I was young. The simplicity is what I love the most about this sneaker. The neutral design with that little pop of color is what drew me to these specifically. I love to style them with frayed denim shorts and a cropped muscle tee, and level it up with accessories for a more “cool girl’ summer look. These will be in heavy rotation this summer!” — Khadijah Lacey-Taylor, lifestyle content creator
Dr. Scholl’s No Bad Vibes
“I’m an ardent supporter of Dr. Scholl’s sneakers. This pair of classic, white sneakers is so easy to style and can work with nearly every piece in my closet. Perhaps my favorite thing about them is how comfortable they are — I’ve walked over five miles in them while traveling, without any blisters or discomfort!” — Caitlin Patton, lifestyle blogger
Reebok Classic Leather Sneaker
“My favorite pair of sneakers at the moment are my white Reebok shoes. I love having a classic, white pair of sneakers that go with everything. My white Reeboks are my designated travel shoe. These sneakers are really comfortable and I’ve brought them with me to trips to Austin and Las Vegas this past spring.” — Emma Cortes, fashion and lifestyle influencer
Adidas Yeezy Foam Runner
“One of my favorite things to complete an outfit is shoes — I’m such a sneaker-head. Normally, I’d say checks over stripes, but lately, I find myself gravitating towards the Adidas Yeezy Foam Runners. To most, this sneaker might be overlooked, but that’s why I love this shoe so much. It’s interesting, functional, and extremely comfortable. It’s so versatile that you can wear it with a very relaxed look or a dressed-up outfit, and it gives any look an interesting touch.” — Kris Fe, celebrity stylist
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Platform High-top
“This Converse white high-top is my absolute go-to this summer because of how versatile, flattering and comfortable they are. I like to keep my closet filled with staples and trendy items, and these are a classic pair that have been on repeat for months. I style them with jeans, trousers, dresses, sweats, and pretty much anything you can think of. Plus, I’m only 5-foot-five so these give me a nice height, without any discomfort.” — Lesley Silva, influencer and blogger
On Running Cloud
“I absolutely love these sneakers because they’re neutral so they go with everything, they’re the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever owned, and I can wear them from the gym to a bar. Most people wouldn’t wear running sneakers to a bar, but the neutral tones make for such a chic, sporty look with shiny leggings and a cropped sweater. You’ll probably find me on the streets of New York wearing a workout set, denim jacket, and these sneakers every day of the week. They’re super cute with ankle-high socks too!” — Jen Lauren, influencer and YouTuber
Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers
“These are the ultimate white sneakers and the shoes I reach for whenever I’m going to be on my feet for a while. They are a classic and go with everything. I wear a lot of black and love having the bright pop of white to keep things looking fresh.” — Katie Bofshever, celebrity stylist