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 Superstar
Best for: Pairing with denim, dresses and skirts
Worst for: Those with narrow feet
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Best white sneakers: Reebok Club C 85
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 1
Best for: Those who just do without even trying
Worst for: The wannabes
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Most comfortable functional sneakers: Puma CELL Venom Overkill
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 Top
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 Cloudsurfer
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 NMD
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 5
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-On
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 OG
Best for: Those who DGAF
Worst for: Those who like their shoes a little more flashy
Best sporty yet retro sneakers: Tretorn Rawlins 3
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 Collection
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 Sneakers
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 Sneakers
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 Sneakers
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 Jogger
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 Top
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 OG
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 Breeze
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-Vent
Best for: The outdoorsy type
Worst for: Those who take more delicate steps