You obviously don’t need us to tell you that a good pair of sneakers can elevate any outfit from the ankles up. But with so many options out there, the perfect pair of kicks is not so easy to come by. While we can leave our trust in your good judgment on what to cop or drop on the hype releases front, the latest flame-embellished Nike x Supreme release doesn’t necessarily form a building block of a covers-all-bases sneaker rotation.
So, to help you upgrade your collection to one that has something for every occasion, we’ve outlined the five sneaker styles that you should always have in your arsenal. We’ve included something classic that can be both dressed up or made casual, a comfortable yet on-trend pair, those everyday beaters, something to add a little flex appeal to your ’fit, and the luxury, special-occasion kicks.
Discover our top sneakers for each category below, and click through to start building your comprehensive collection.
1. The Classic Pair
These are the kind of shoes that go well with everything, whether you’re going to work or just kicking it. A black or neutral pair from a timeless brand is sure to be a great touch to any summer ’fit you’re rocking right now, while also transitioning easily into your Fall/Winter wardrobe.
adidas Originals Samba OG
Converse CTA ’70 Low
Vans Old Skool
2. The Comfy Pair
Sundays are for relaxing and kicking back, which means investing in a pair of sneakers that pride themselves on comfort. The perfect comfy shoes will allow you to walk in them for hours and not feel strenuous, something that a Boost sole unit can’t always do as it’s too soft. Gift your feet with one of our picks below.
Nike Zoom Fly SP
New Balance 990v4 Made in US
ASICS GEL-Quantum 360 4
3. The Beaters
For the uninitiated, beaters are a cheap, durable, IDGAF pair of sneakers that you won’t have to worry about scuffing too much. These options from Nike, Reebok, and ASICS will survive all kinds of wear-and-tear, so you’ll love them as much after 100 wears as you did when they were fresh out the box.
Reebok Daytona DMX
ASICS Gel Sonoma 3 G-TX
4. The Flex Pair
So we have comfort, classics, and resistant shoes covered — now for the flex. A pair of Yeezy Boost or Nike x OFF-WHITE sneakers is one thing, but you’ll turn more heads with something you don’t see every day. The collaborations below, along with a fire pair of glue-covered Margiela Fusions, will do the trick and have you stunting on them haters.
Nike x A-COLD-WALL* Air Force 1 High
Jordan x Travis Scott Air Jordan 4 ‘Cactus Jack’
Maison Margiela Fusion
5. The Quality Pair
Last but not least, a pair of quality sneakers — those ones you spend way too much time wiping down after every wear. Not only will they last a lifetime if treated right, they’ll add that touch of flair to any outfit when the time calls for it. The slick silhouettes and quality materials of the below are a must for any good rotation.
Maison Margiela Replica
adidas Originals by Hender Scheme Micropacer HS
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- Curated By: Nigel Minani