Collecting sneakers is a hobby more popular now than ever before – but it can also be an expensive one. The thinking goes, cool sneakers aren’t cheap and cheap sneakers aren’t cool, right? Not necessarily.
Not everyone can afford to constantly pay upwards of $200 for the newest sneaker release, especially when there are multiple hyped silhouettes dropping on a weekly basis. However, getting your hands on a good looking pair of cheap sneakers is actually much easier than most think. Gone are the days where customers have to spend vast amounts of money to look fly from the ground up.
That is why we’ve put together the definitive guide to (relatively) cheap sneakers that we believe should be in every self-respecting sneakerhead’s rotation. While big name brands like Nike and adidas offer some very solid options, the likes of New Balance, PUMA, and Converse have also made the cut.
So, sit back, put your feet up, and scroll through our guide of cheap sneakers that will have you looking fresher than your budget might suggest.
Nike Air Force 1
The fact that a true OG like the Nike Air Force 1 can still be picked up on the low makes all those Ls trying to cop the latest hyped sneaker a little more tolerable. If you don’t already own a pair of all-white AF1s, you need to do yourself a favor and stock up. The best part about choosing the Nike Air Force 1 life is that you can find the sneaker at basically any retailer.
Vans Old Skool
The Vans Old Skool is arguably the most trustworthy pair of affordable kicks on the market; it’s a timeless silhouette that just seems to work with a variety of outfits. Most retailers stock the low-top skate shoe, but there are also more than enough Vans stores that should have a full-size run. Made to skate in, you can put money on these lasting you longer than a regular pair of sneakers, saving you even more money over time.
adidas Originals Stan Smith
The Air Force 1 is to Nike what the Stan Smith is to adidas. A classy, sleek silhouette that goes as well with a pair of black skinny jeans as it does with some colorful, summer-ready shorts. Like the AF1, it’s often available on sale at select retailers. If you’re bad at making up your mind, just know that the Stan Smith comes in many different colors and materials, meaning there should be a pair for everyone’s tastes and preferences.
Reebok Classic Club C 85
British heritage in the form of a tried and trusted design for a fraction of the price of today’s newer releases – what’s not to like? Reebok can sometimes be underrated by sneakerheads, but the Reebok Classic Club C 85 has withstood the test of time and, above all else, is an affordable alternative that shouldn’t be passed upon.
adidas Originals Samba
You don’t need to play football to rock a fresh pair of Sambas (best picked up in the traditional black, but white is a vibe too). These cheap sneakers are a great beater and, thanks to the conservative colorway, can be worn in a variety of ‘fits without looking out of place.
New Balance 574
New Balance sneakers are known for their extraordinary comfort and high-quality construction. The 574 is no different, though it is a much sleeker model than New Balance’s other, at times, bulkier silhouettes. Available at very attractive price points, this sneaker is able to blend seamlessly with most outfits, which is not a bad thing.
The PUMA Suede is a classic that can often be found at discounted rates and is a very solid option for the style and budget conscious individuals looking for a new pair for their rotation. While the black/white colorway has been a staple in rotations since the shoe dropped some 50 years ago, the PUMA Suede comes in a number of different colorways, making it both a versatile and an affordable sneaker choice.
Converse One Star Skate
The ultimate low-top sneaker in black suede, the Converse One Star Skate is made for those of you who actually do skate on occasion. With more foxing in the toe and padding, the sneaker can take more of a beating than most other sneakers, which, when combined with its price of under $100, makes it a very attractive option for those on a shoestring budget.
adidas Originals Gazelle
The Gazelle, the cousin of the adidas Samba, is as sleek as… well… a real-life gazelle. If you’re sensing a pattern here it’s because there is one. Lower price-point sneakers are often more minimalist and subdued than their more expensive counterparts. The adidas Originals Gazelle proves this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, with a versatile design that’s easy on the eyes.
New Balance 990v4 Made in US
Though this New Balance sneaker is above $100, it’s timeless and worth the investment for anyone scoping out a dadcore silhouette. Coming from the Made in US series, the 990v4 is (as the name suggests) entirely produced in the US of A, manufactured by New Balance’s workers in its New England factories. A true statement to American craftsmanship, these sneakers will stick with you long into their beater life phase.
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- Curated by: Rhianna Matthews