One of the things I appreciate about fashion is how everything always seems to come back in style. Classic sneakers — chunky, turbocharged trainers especially — have been dominating fashionistas wardrobes for the past few seasons and will continue to do so this fall. I haven’t been much of a sneaker head since my high school days. When I’m not wearing heels, booties, mules, or stylish slides, I’m rocking my favorite pair of white Chuck Taylor All Star Low Tops. But these days I’ve really been craving bringing sneakers back into my wardrobe especially since all the classic ones I grew up wearing like the Filas Disruptors and the Adidas Stan Smiths, are still in. These kicks aren’t just best-sellers, but stay popular regardless of how much style trends change over time. In fact, there are quite a few that look great with a number of various trends that will be hot this season. Here’s a look at 11 classic sneakers to consider having in your collection!
Fila Disruptor II
Classic white kicks aren’t going anywhere — at least not any time soon. The reason for this is that they complement every outfit, which is where retro white styles, such as the Fila Disruptor II comes into play. According to Lyst, this particular Fila style was actually the number two hottest women’s product in the second quarter of 2018 and it will still be hot for the remainder of this year, along with years to come. You can wear it with anything and everything — including dresses, skirts, boyfriend jeans, skinny jeans — you name it! You can find these babies at Foot Locker Women’s or online.
Fila Disruptor II Premium, $65, footlocker.com
Nike Classic Cortez
Originally created in 1972, the women’s classic Cortez is one of Nike’s first running models and is still considered and chic and casual sneaker. It’s clean and minimalist design pairs well with most outfits and features so much cushion you’ll feel like you’re walking on clouds. It’s no wonder these never go out of style.
Nike Classic Cortez, $70 footlocker.com
Adidas Stan Smith Shoes
There’s a reason why the Stan Smith has become Adidas’ most successful shoe of all time. That’s because these kicks that were originally designed for tennis legend Stan Smith, feature a sleek and simple white leather upper accented by green on the tongue and heel that’s just as comfortable as it is stylish. These will probably live on to remain iconic shoes forever. I’m just saying.
Adidas Stan Smith, $80, adidas.com
Puma Suede Classics
These iconic sneakers have been around since 1968 and they’re still as cool and stylish as they were when they first came. The classic tennis silhouette gives off a casual chic vibe that pairs well with a number of styles. They also come in six different color options which is a major plus.
Puma Suede Classic Sneakers, $65, puma.com
Adidas Superstar 80s Shoes
You don’t have to be a sneakerhead to recognize these classic kicks known for their three stripes and “shell toes,” the rubberized toe cap. The sneakers which were originally released in 1969 aren’t going anywhere. These will probably stay in style for decades to come.
Adidas Superstar 80s Shoes, $80, adidas.com
Vans Old Skool
These classic skate sneakers have made a major comeback. It makes sense considering how stylish and comfy these kicks are. They sell them in both the low-tops and high tops. You really can’t go wrong with these babies.
Vans Old Skool, $60, vans.com
Nike Air Max 95
The Air Max is known for it’s incredibly comfy cushioning. Not only are these kicks known for their extreme comfort but also for their style. The neon colorway tends to be one of the most popular but they come in a variety of shades. The best part is, these sneakers aren’t just stylish. They are also highly respected running shoes.
Nike Air Max 95, $120, footlocker.com
Nike White Air Force 1 Hi-Sneakers
These classics kicks were originally high-tech basketball sneakers that only came in the high-tops. The low and mids came later and are now a stylist sneaker staple. They look great with any casual outfit but I especially love the way they look with denim skirts and midi dresses.
Nike White Air Force 1 Hi-Sneakers, $ 100, asos.com
Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars
These classic kicks were the basketball sneakers of the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s. But have become a stylish staple in the last few decades. Regardless of your style, chucks look good on everyone and with everything. You can rock the low-tops or high tops and they come in various colors. Everyone should own a pair — period.
Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top, $50, converse.com
Reebok Freestyle Hi
If you didn’t own these, your mom probably did because everyone was rocking these back in the day. The leather upper is sleek and stylish while the lightweight cushioning makes these a beyond comfy pair. In other words, it’s a win-win situation!
Reebok Freestyle Hi, $75, reebok.com
Air Jordan III
They might have been released back in 1988, but the Air Jordan III’s are a classic pair that are still bought by sneakerheads. The mix shades and designs make them look especially great against a solid-colored outfit. Let’s just say, I wouldn’t recommend rocking these with a floral-print dress.
Air Jordan 3 Retro OG Black Cement, $300, fightclub.com