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Trending Sneakers of 2021

Trending Sneakers of 2021
Collection of sneakers all shaped into one giant sneaker.

By Bailey Stuvland, The Bailey Daily

As comfort was one of the biggest trends we saw in 2020, many designers took note. So, if you’re not quite ready to switch out of your cozy slippers quite yet, you’re in luck. Many of the 2021 sneaker trends will still satisfy our need for comfort without compromising our sense of style. One noteworthy mention is that we will not be seeing a ton of high heels, tall boots or anything out of the ordinary. It’s nothing but but pure comfort. The good news is, all the loungewear you have been collecting over the last year, will pair perfectly with all the latest sneaker trends of 2021. We are still seeing many sneaker styles that were high fashion in year’s past; however, the difference is they are only going to continue to increase in popularity. On the other hand, many new styles have come about recently that will be exciting for the sneakerhead types. So let’s dive in and explore the top trending sneakers of 2021. For the sneakerhead that lives in all of us.


Stylish women's sneakers on light grey background.

Retro sport style sneakers topped the list here for a reason. This trend has been around for a minute and it’s not going to die down anytime soon either. When we talk about retro styles, think of the ever famous Nike Cortez sneaker which was made popular by Forrest Gump. Styles with tread soles, velcro, cloth or suede fabrics, gum soles are included. Or, the ones that you remember your parents/grandpa wearing back in the day. New Balance also makes a wide selection of retro sneakers. They are a great brand for staying on top of this sneaker trend this year. These throwback sneaker styles will modernize your look and bring your vibe to the next level. This is what makes them one of the top trending sneakers of 2021! Love the retro sneakers paired with a matching sweatsuit and long coat for winter.


Pair of new stylish white sneakers on green background

A clean classic pair of sneaks will also do you well this year as part of your overall shoe collection. Most women probably own a pair of all white classic low-tops like a Converse All-Star or the Adidas Superstar. So,I feel we will all be able to at least carry out this one trend this year. However, it wouldn’t be fashion without some kind of modern twist. So, also be on the lookout for shoes with chunky, flatform soles and slip on styles. Classic styles, like fresh whites, look great with anything. For one look, pair them with cropped jeans/pants and a button down top for an effortlessly polished look. 

Athletic Trainers

Pair of running sneakers which are trending as street style in 2021

These types of shoes are exactly what they sound like. Athletic trainers are the type of shoes you would wear to workout it. And hey, since it’s all about comfort these days, why not choose an athletic trainer as your street style shoe? They also provide the ultimate level of comfort. We are also seeing this trend in super futuristic styles in sleek mesh styles and sock styles. Athletic trainers are made by a variety of well-known shoe brands such as Asics, Reebok and Brooks. So, your everyday gym or running shoe would work here. To complete this modern sporty look, pair with wide leg jeans, a black turtleneck and a blazer. This combo is a chic, fashion-forward, winning ensemble. 


These chunky soled fashion sneakers are proof that 2020 sneaker styles are making a comeback. The fashion sneaker will most likely be even more popular this year as one of the top trending sneakers of 2021. They were labeled “dad sneakers” as they remind most people of what their dad would have worn back in the day. These are some serious statement sneakers. So, make sure you rock them in all the latest trending colors, like color-block, pastels, bold, bright and sunset hues. If you’re looking for something more subtle, all-whites are trending too, FILA makes a few great styles, for example. Many other top luxury designer brands have made this style very popular and will continue to do so. Let the shoes do the talking here and pair with a classic white tee and jeans. Add a long camel trench during the cooler winter months for a sophisticated look.


Finally, the classic high-tops are a top trend for 2021 women’s sneakers. These kicks are also a major throwback style once specifically worn only in men’s basketball. Brands like Converse, Nike (Air Force 1’s) and Vans are some of the most well-known when it comes to popular classics. However, newcomers are joining the scene as well. So, I expect we will be seeing a lot more new styles this year. This trend is popular among women especially when worn with dresses and skirts. This will be a major trend for spring/summer 2021. . As we are also seeing a huge trend in cropped women’s jeans, this high-top sneakers is the perfect combo. Make sure your jeans expose just the right amount of your high-top, so you can really showcase your sneaker.



About The Author

Bailey Stuvland

Bailey Stuvland is a California girl who loves talking about all things fashion. With more than ten years of styling experience for personal clients and with brands like Stitch Fix, she enjoys helping others find what they love to wear. Her mission is to help people not only look good on the outside, but feel good on the inside by having fun with outfits, accessories and beauty. You can find her blog at .

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