Finding a great pair of sneakers is never easy. To help, we are updating you on all the key styles for 2019 from high fashion “dad” sneakers to sleek satin sneakers and gym trainers.
Just about every designer has created their own “It” sneakers—from Gucci and Chloé to Balenciaga and Stella McCartney. These designer trainers fall into two categories: there’s super-sleek posh trainers, like those from Bottega Veneta and high-fashion “dad” sneaks from the likes of Stella McCartney and Balenciaga.
In the world of sneakers, the trend for high-end, has meant they have become the most important part to an outfit. But, you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a pair of on-trend sneakers. Street brands like Adidas and Nike are also nailing the 90s sneaker trends too.
The street style and blogger crowds are sporting out-there sneakers, including “dad” sneakers, lightweight mesh, and even sock sneakers. Yup, you read that right: sock sneakers. In fact, earlier this year, our good friends over at retail analytics company, EDITED, let us in on the fact that sock sneakers are the latest shoe trend. Designs surged in sales by 220% from Q1 to Q3 2018.
Katie Smith, a senior retail analyst, told us, “Thanks to consumers’ continued desire for comfort, it’s no surprise that sock sneakers are so popular.” To help you find a new pair of sneakers to kick off (pun intended) the new year, we’ve rounded up the best sneakers to set you up for 2019.
Read on to shop the seven key sneakers trends to know for 2019.
1) Dad Sneakers
First up, is the oversized “dad” sneaker. The dad sneaker trend has lots of fans, and regardless of your views on these chunky “ugly” sneakers, most people are apparently very much for them.
2) Sock Sneakers
Word on the street is that the cool new name for sock sneakers is “snockers”. Whatever you call the sock and shoe hybrid, the trend is hailed for combining performance and streetwear, making it both comfortable and chic. From sporting goods specialists, like Nike and adidas, to high fashion labels, like Balenciaga and Fendi, everyone’s honing in on this trend.
3) The Futuristic Thigh-High Sneaker
Here at Style Salute HQ, we love a good pair of OTK boots. That look just got comfier with thigh-high sneakers, which were spotted at the Louis Vuitton Cruise 2019 show. Wear them with a flared skirt or a pair of denim cut-offs to give your outfit an athleisure touch.
4) Old School Sneakers
While people love “dad” sneakers, there’s also been a new found love for old-school sneakers. Alexa Chung recently stepped out wearing Alexachung x Superga 2492 Satin White Sneakers ($89) and her endorsement of old-school sneakers is further proof that these sneaks are back.
Kate Middleton also loves the old school sneaker trend. She’s worn her Superga 2750 Cotu Sneaker several times in the past year.
5) Multi-Colored Trainers
Multi-colored sneakers are all the rage too, offering a youthful twist to whatever you’re wearing.
6) Ballet Sneakers
We caught the ballerina sneakers trend at the Chanel Cruise 2019 show. The quirky shoe might not be everyone, but they’re sure going to add some flair to your outfit ensemble.
7) Embellished Sneakers
What’s one way to immediately add some pizazz to an otherwise plain outfit? Embellished sneakers, of course! The shoe trend is all about having fun, and we’re here for it. This party season, ditch the heels for a pair of sparkling sneakers à la Sam Edelman instead.
You heard it here first, friends. These are clearly the sneakers styles to be seen wearing in 2019, and according to this data, some of your favorite styles are sure to sell out much faster than you were anticipating—50 times faster, to be exact—so you’d better get shopping!