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With so many new sneakers hitting the market every couple of weeks if not days, it’s hard to stay up to date with trends and limited releases that occasionally break the bank. While affordable options for grailed drops are typically rare, every now and then the planets align and we’re able to secure some of the best sneakers at a steal.

If you’re anything like me, a good deal on a pair of affordable sneakers is a dream come true but it doesn’t have to be since seasonal sales and price drops are almost guaranteed. Even though waiting for deals to come around is a solid tried and true strategy, there are plenty of options to secure the best cheap sneakers on the market.

First of all the best cheap sneakers don’t have to be ‘cheap’ in quality, only in price. While some can argue that some less expensive sneakers are made with better materials than others, you’re ultimately paying for the branding, hype, and technology implemented into shoes.

This brings me to my next point — what should we consider when looking for the best cheap sneakers? Well if you’re one of the types to have an onslaught of kicks in your rotation you probably already have a balanced ratio of comfy to cool sneakers, but for those of us that aren’t too keen on splurging on kicks, it’s best to find the perfect harmony to keep you at ease while also looking fly.

We’ve explored the web and its many available options but have put together a comprehensive list of the best budget sneakers to buy in 2023.

Cop some of the best affordable sneakers below

Converse x A-Cold-Wall* Chuck 70 Hi

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Chuck 70 Hi

$96

Converse x A-Cold-Wall*

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If any brand can elevate the timeless Chuck 70 it's definitely A-Cold-Wall*. The translucent elements and reflective details throughout the shoe is perfectly in line with ACW's minimal aesthetics.

Reebok Club C 85 Sneakers

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Club C 85 Suede Sneaker

$80

Reebok

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It doesn't cost much to look fly and have a sneaker that checks all the right boxes. If you're looking for a sneaker you can do it all in, this Reebok Club C 85 is a timeless entry point.

On Cloud 5 Ready

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Cloud 5 Ready

$125

On

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Another all-purpose sneaker that can handle anything from a jog in the woods to everyday wear. On's Zero-Gravity Foam ensures you'll be supported with superior cushioning wherever you're at.

ASICS GEL-1130

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GEL-1130 Sneakers

$85

ASICS

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With the help of Kiko Kostadinov, ASICS posited a strong argument as sneaker brand of the year in 2022. Even without the out-there design hits of Kiko's studio, the GEL-1130 is still a standout silhouette if you ask us.

ASICS Gel-Sonoma 15-50

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Gel-Sonoma 15-50

$104

ASICS

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ASICS is well-renowned for its lifestyle silhouettes that blur the boundaries of high-performing athletic sneakers. The Gel-Sonoma 15-50 is great at handling rugged terrains but also is stylish and comfy enough for getting around the city.

Nike Air Kukini Game Sneakers

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Air Kukini Game Sneakers

$90

Nike

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Nike's Air Kukini has been the subject of a handful of collaborations but it really doesn't need any additional names to make it stand out. The caged upper does that all by itself.

New Balance M2002RVC

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M2002RVC

$140

New Balance

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Any pair of 2002R's are a great addition to your shoe game, but if you're a fan of practicality then these might be what you're searching for. The upper is made from a mix of leather and mesh, not to mention this pair also comes with a stash bag for your goodies.

Nike ACG Air Mada Sneakers

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Air Mada Sneakers

$90

Nike ACG

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Nike ACG is the outdoor arm of the Swoosh, offering up hike-ready pieces that don't skimp on classic sportswear style. Epitomizing this approach is the retro Nike Air Mada.

ASICS Gel-Kayano 14

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Gel-Kayano 14

$140

ASICS

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Aside from how gorgeous this sneaker looks, the Gel-Kayano series is known for providing all-day comfort. Black sneakers with just a touch of color works anytime, it's just a fact.

New Balance 550

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550

$94

New Balance

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New Balance's 550 is an unmovable presence in the world of sneakers now. This white and gold iteration of the vintage style leans into the timeless versatility of the on-court silhouette.

Merrell Winter Moc 3 1TRL

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Winter Moc 3 1TRL

$96

Merrell

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Sure the Winter Moc 3 gives off dad vibes, but in terms of protection from the elements and getting your money's worth in materials, it's hard to go wrong with these.

adidas Ozelia

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Ozelia Sneakers

$84

adidas

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adidas has yet to miss when it comes to its lifestyle silhouettes and the Ozelia is no different. The adiprene cushioning is sure to take you far.

Reebok Zig Kinetica 2.5

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Zig Kinetica 2.5

$91

Reebok

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Since the Zig Kinetica 2.5 is built for the trails it can easily provide comfort through daily use thanks to its Vibram Ecostep outsole. And besides, all-black sneakers are always a good look.

New Balance 550

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BB550BBB

$140

New Balance

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Sooner or later New Balance’s BB550 will take on its own energy, kind of like how all-black AF1’s have. Whatever you decide to do in these is up to you, just know you’re a tastemaker by wearing them.

ASICS Gel-Kayano 14 Sneakers

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Gel-Kayano 14 RE

$150

ASICS

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Though the Gel-Kayano series gets a lot of love some models are often overlooked since ASICS has released roughly 29 versions of its signature sneaker. This particular pair is made for getting around the city and is crafted with a durable ripstop to ensure you’re ready for anything you encounter.

Salomon XT-Wings 2

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XT-Wings Advanced 2

$115

Salomon

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While all of the kicks in Salomon’s XT series are great investments, the XT-Wings 2 is one of the brand's most iconic silhouettes. This off-white pair is easily a level up from your typical Air Force 1s.

Converse x Barriers Pro Leather Hi

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Pro Leather Hi

$110

Converse x Barriers

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Even though the Pro Leather Hi was first released in 1976 it still holds a place in contemporary footwear. If you’re looking for a durable sneaker to wear this winter these are a solid choice since the premium suede is sure to keep you cozy.

Reebok Club C 85 x U

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Club C 85 x U

$77

Reebok

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The only thing better than a decently priced pair of sneakers are ones that you can also customize. These Club C's come with two additional layers so you can style them as you see fit.

adidas Gazelle Indoor

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Gazelle Indoor

$150

adidas

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If you're not looking to empty your bank account for a pair emblazoned with the Gucci logo, then fear not. adidas is putting more marketing behind the Indoor version of the iconic Gazelle which means you can get the look for less.

New Balance U574BH2

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U574BH2

$81

New Balance

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While plenty of sneakers tend to have the 'dad vibe' this one arguably started the movement. But what folks tend to leave out is that the 547 is one of the comfiest shoes around and it's hard to go wrong with an off-white palette.

HOKA Speedgoat 4 Running Shoe

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Speedgoat 4 Running Shoe

$145

HOKA

Buy at Urban Outfitters

Now that we're heading into fall and winter, we need to consider our footwear much more. The HOKA Speedgoat 4 is officially a running shoe, but its does-everything design makes it a hard-wearing everyday option, too.

Reebok Classic

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Classic Leather Sneakers

$100

Reebok

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You can never go wrong with the classics, and Reebok's offering is as classic as it gets. The gum sole adds a nice touch to this monochrome silhouette.

ASICS UB4-S GEL-1130 Sneaker

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UB4-S GEL-1130 Sneaker

$120

ASICS

Buy at Urban Outfitters

Made in partnership with Kiko Kostadinov, the ASICS UB4-s GEL-1130 has some serious style credentials without the price tag you'd usually find gracing a pair of Kiko kicks.

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