Sneakerhead Inspiration: 2019 Sneaker Shopping Round Up
Shoe shopping can be fun — or it can be a chore. It depends on whether or not you have an idea of what you're looking for, if you have the patience to power through and browse — and if you have the energy try on different brands. To make the process smoother, we've rounded up your favourite sneakers. From white sneakers and all-black beauties, high-tops and casual slip-ons, to sustainable and fashion footwear, we've put together a list of the cutest, comfiest footwear. Here's what you need in your collection.
Classic street sneakers: Adidas SuperstarThis iconic Adidas shoe with the unmistakable shell-toe is celebrating 50 years this year. Generations have been inspired by its versatility and with the three stripes available in a variety of colours, it's not hard to find the perfect pair for you, though you can never go wrong with straight-up black.
Best for: Pairing with denim, dresses and skirts
Worst for: Those with narrow feet
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Best white sneakers: Reebok Club C 85It's as simple as it gets but with its retro flair, you can take these Reeboks from the tennis courts to the streets.
Best for: The believers that fashion always comes back around
Worst for: Those who don't dig that vintage look
Most effortless high-top sneakers: Nike Air Force 1The Air Force 1s go with everything, and are just naturally stylish and easy — and comfy, thank to the signature Nike Air cushioning and the chunky sole. And you definitely tried — though everyone doesn't need to know that.
Best for: Those who just do without even trying
Worst for: The wannabes
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Most comfortable functional sneakers: Puma CELL Venom OverkillIf comfort is key, the CELL Venom is for you. And if you dig the '90s chunky design, even better. But it's the cushioning technology at the heel that will have you living in these unisex kicks for days.
Best for: Those who are on their feet a lot
Worst for: Who aren't into an old-school vibe
Prettiest colourful sneakers: Converse Chuck 70 Beach Dye High TopPink, blue and yellow pastel tie-dye make the Converse high-tops colourful but not super-screamy. And the laces follow the same tone but the toe box is less match-matchy. But what makes them must-haves are the Converse comfort you know and love, just with a summer update.
Best for: Those who like to express themselves through their footwear
Worst for: Those who like to keep their shoes basic
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Sneakers that will earn you a double take: On's CloudsurferThe Cloudsurfers are for the runners out there, particularly those who run more than the average person, or those training to be that ambitious. They're lightweight, flexible, responsive and perfectly cushioned — like you're running on a cloud (hence the name). Plus, they look fabulous — and unlike any other running shoe.
Best for: People who like to run or those with feet and leg issues
Worst for: Those with super-sweaty feet as the soles soak up perspiration like a sponge, making them heavier
Women's knit fashion sneaker: Adidas NMDThe NMD sneakers have a bit of an '80s feel but the materials are as modern as they get. They're stylish, comfy (due to the OrthoLite liner) and made for all kinds of adventures, thanks to its responsive Boost midsole. You'll wonder where you're getting all the extra energy from.
Best for: Those who love a bold neutral
Worst for: Those who don't treat their shoes preciously as the material can easily rip
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Ladies sneakers with flower power: Ted Baker Cepap 5Consider this Ted Baker pair that has a tropical floral accent — yet not too much. They don't have laces, making for them easy to put on or kick off, and the padded tongue adds comfort.
Best for: Those who need a little added brightness in their steps
Worst for: Those who don't love the extra feminine touches
Best striped casual sneakers: Vans Deck Club Slip-OnThe summery all-over striping, padded collars and waffle outsoles are simply classic Vans, but no laces makes these perfect for every outfit. Literally, goes with everything.
Best for: Those who like their shoes to stand out
Worst for: Those who only wear black
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Most functional sneakers: Asics Gel Kayano Trainer OGAs far as style goes, these are as minimalistic as they get — but that's part of the appeal. If you're simply looking for a pair of low-maintenance shoes to kick around in, don't need to keep pretty yet love them like they're fresh out of the box, these sweet unisex Asics could be your go-to to do your worst in.
Best for: Those who DGAF
Worst for: Those who like their shoes a little more flashy
Best sporty yet retro sneakers: Tretorn Rawlins 3Similar to the Nike Classic Cortez (a.k.a. the Forrest Gump), Tretorn's leather-and-suede combo not to mention Tretorn's EcoOrtholite high-performance liner and you'll want to be on your feet all day. Plus, they're versatile as hell, and can be paired with shorts and tank, a pair of overalls or your favourite skirt.
Best for: Those who dig a retro edge but with some sporty flair
Worst for: Those with narrow feet
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Classic vegan sneakers: Toms Canvas Carmel Topanga CollectionThe low-top Toms sneakers might look like a canvas boat shoe but along with its vegan composition, it boasts an OrthoLite cushioned insole and lightweight strobel construction that can't be beat.
Best for: Those looking for a basic, kickaround shoe
Worst for: Those who need more arch support and cushion
Fashion shoes for the showoff: Balenciaga Tracker SneakersWhen you hear Balenciaga, you're probably thinking of something more designer-y but these high-tech sneakers, from the cage design, multi-mesh-panelled upper, double laces, pull tabs and beefy rubber sole, not to mention the logo on the tongue and on the side and these are as luxe as they get.
Best for: Those who like attention
Worst for: Those who are living paycheque to paycheque
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Leather sneakers with '90s heft: Acne Studios Technical SneakersThese Acne Studio sneakers are based on '90s urban sportswear (think of British Knights back in the day) but it's the colour that'll knock your socks off. With most of the yellows on the market right now all bright and blinding, this soft, buttery shade provides the perfect balance.
Best for: Those who needed some added height
Worst for: Those who don't like the added bulk
Sneakers that look well-loved: Golden Goose Star Superstar SneakersGolden Goose's deliberately worn aesthetic may be an acquired taste (even the laces look shabby) but, hey, it saves you the time of breaking them in to that ideal tattered level. The perforated detailing, smudged sole and shiny gold star only add to their charm.
Best for: Those who like to keep up with the other Instagrammers out there
Worst for: Those who like their shoes looking fresh out of the box
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Best nighttime sneakers: Adidas Nite JoggerThe name says it all, these Adidas sneakers are designed for after dark though, admittedly, they look great during the day too. The suede overlays complement the super-breathable mesh and nylon ripstop upper and the updated Boost midsole adds responsive cushioning for all-day comfort.
Best for: Those who like to run at night
Worst for: Those who like a little leather in their footwear
Women's sneakers that are all about female empowerment: Converse x Feng Chen Wang Chuck 70 High TopYou'll want put up your feet to show off the "GIRL POWER" message on the soles but these Converse classics have been reimagined with a futuristic edge and will have you flying to wherever you need to go. Great shoes for missioning around a beautiful city.
Best for: Strong, bad ass women of all ages
Worst for: Those who prefer their shoes a little less flashy
Skate sneakers with a dash of luxe: DC Lynx OGThere are the added comfort spots on the DC shoes including the Impact-G heel cushion, ortholite sock liner and foam padded collar and tongue design to cradle the foot just so, let's just say these aren't your kid's skate shoes.
Best for: Those looking for some luxury chunkiness (yes, it does exist)
Worst for: Those who prefer a more streamlined look
Best on-the-go fashion sneakers: Lululemon TechLoom BreezeBalancing that fine line between comfortable and stylish, the Techloom Breeze are perfect from work to the gym to running errands. These are seamless, breathable, and give your toes the freedom to move.
Best for: Those who don't have time to change footwear between activities
Worst for: Those who like lighter colours; they can look pretty dirty from a couple of wears
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Hiker-inspired sneakers: ECCO Omni-VentBased on the structure of a hiking shoe, Ecco's multi-functional sneakers provide outdoor versatility with contemporary style. They're also lightweight, tear-resistant and offer breathable waterproofing, preparing you for the rugged terrain of any activity in all weather conditions. Great for adventures to the most beautiful places in Canada.
Best for: The outdoorsy type
Worst for: Those who take more delicate steps