13 Sweeping Shoe Trends for Fashion Sneakers

13 Sweeping Shoe Trends for Fashion Sneakers

Sneakers are so much more than just something to put on your feet when comfort is a key concern. These days, they’re part of a special culture all their own that goes well beyond the crisp white athletic shoes most of us grew up with. In fact, it’s not uncommon for a truly dedicated sneaker-head to put a massive amount of effort into figuring out which new pair of kicks is the most fashionable before putting their money down.

Every season brings with it a wealth of new sneaker options to get excited about, and this one is no exception, by any stretch of the imagination. Here, we’ll take a closer look at some of the up and coming trends we can’t wait to try on for size ourselves. Which ones are you planning on adding to your own wardrobe?

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Knit Sneakers

Knit SneakersIt goes without saying that there’s a lot to love about sneakers. They go with just about everything, from maxi dresses to jeans, to skirts, and you simply can’t beat them when it comes to comfort. However, a lot of fashion sneakers leave a lot to be desired when it comes to breathability.

Knit sneakers were this past summer’s answer to that long-time issue, and they’re showing no signs of going anywhere now that fall is here. Knit sneakers not only effortlessly combine the reliable support of a cross trainer with the casually cool look of a canvas shoe, but come in both lace-up and slip-on varieties. Perfect for the fairs, late-season festivals, and weekend getaways that are so popular this time of year!

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Colorful Chuck Taylors

If you’re a long-time sneaker lover, then chances are excellent you have at least a couple of pairs of Converse Chuck Taylors in your closet right this minute. A classic of this caliber never goes out of style, of course, but this season will see trendsetters everywhere putting their Chucks front and center, again, in some exciting new ways.

Unique picks that think outside the box when it comes to color will be the most highly sought-after options. Think fun, flirty tones like shell pink, blue, or red! Seasonal shades will also be fantastic options to add to your ever-growing collection of trusty Chucks. This super-trendy Chuck in olive garnet is a perfect example of what we’re talking about. Slip them on and rock them to perfection with everything from your favorite pair of cargo pants to your early season layered looks.

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Embroidered Sneakers

At this point, embellished footwear options of all kinds have been the rage for several seasons running, and we’re happy to report we’ll be seeing a lot more of them this season, as well. The charming look of embroidery is especially popular when it comes to fashion sneakers, so keep your eyes peeled!

Think cross-trainer-style sneakers embellished with girly floral designs in bright colors like red, kelly green, and buttercup, from top brands like Kenneth Cole. All-over designs like polka dots, stripes, and abstract patterns are also rising in popularity. Perfect for adding a little bit of flair to your go-to “hanging out with friends” look or using your tennies to express just a hint of your sparkling personality!

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Shimmery Metallics

Metallics on sneakers quoteHere we have another trend that’s bound to sound familiar to those with their fingers on the pulse of the fashion world—mesmerizing metallics that add snap and visual interest to any outfit. Metallics have been red hot for the better part of the past year, and we’ll be seeing them taking our favorite sneaker looks to the next level, and beyond, as we transition into fall.

Look for throwback sneaker styles in classic metallic tones like silver, gold, bronze, or copper.  Shimmery iridescent versions of colors like rose, blue, or teal are also very much in style with the fashion crowd. Wear this season’s trendy metallic sneakers with your favorite late summer and early fall neutrals to add punch and pizzazz to your current look or jazz up your go-to weekend workout ensemble in a uniquely subtle way.

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Ocean-Toned Cross Trainers

Haven’t you heard? Fitness isn’t just something you think about when it’s time to hit the gym for your cardio class or a little lifting. It’s an all-encompassing approach to a well-rounded lifestyle, in general, so people everywhere are constantly on the lookout for opportunities to get moving just a little more often. This mindset can be seen reflected in the way athletic wear is making its way into people’s everyday wardrobes.

That said, cross trainers are more than just convenient ways to get the most out of a varied workout that covers all the bases. They’re fashion staples in their own right, as well, and we couldn’t be happier about it. This season, look for trainers in electric tones that can’t help but remind you of serene days spent by the ocean. Think options like the Siren Edge from Merrell that feature shades like sea foam, aqua, teal, and royal blue, front and center!

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All-Black Kicks

We all have fond memories of stepping out in a perfectly pristine pair of white sneakers back in the day. Although a spotless pair of eggshell-white kicks never goes out of style, this season is all about going monochrome from the opposite end of the spectrum for a change.

All Black Sneakers

Take your favorite sneaker-centric looks to a more sophisticated place, this fall, with sleek, all-black options from top brands like Skechers. Wear yours with a classic pair of black leggings, black socks, and a quirky oversized sweater for a fantastic retro look. Not sure a blackout look is quite right for you? Look for alternatives that feature subtle but noteworthy touches like glitter-finished hardware or add a touch of color by swapping out the basic black laces for something more colorful.

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Sneaker Clogs

If you’re one of the many people who think of late summer and early fall as the ideal times to travel, you’re not alone. Perfect temperatures, diminished crowds, and great package deals on travel arrangements make this time of year the best time to enjoy a few last weekend getaways before the holidays arrive. Naturally, you need a shoe that covers all the bases.

This season, laceless sneaker clogs are the shoes to beat for fashionable people on the go. Smooth, streamlined designs mesh perfectly with a variety of different outfits and environments. Special features like comfort padded insoles, shock absorbent liners, and slip resistant soles ensure your feet are as comfortable as they are stylish, no matter what’s on your travel agenda. Just slip them on and go! You’ll look just as fantastic sightseeing or browsing art at the museum, once you get where you’re going, as you will be killing time at the airport while you wait for your flight.

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Canvas Boat Shoes

If you thought the preppy look you’re all too familiar with from your college years was your only option when it comes to boat shoes, it’s time to think again. This season, one of the trendiest footwear options to own is a stylish and functional mash-up of the classic boat shoe you know and the canvas sneakers you love.

Canvas Boat Shoes

Look for offerings from top boat shoe manufacturers like Sperry that feature sneaker-like canvas uppers outfitted with the iconic rawhide laces of standard boat shoes. Platform bottoms combine with slip-proof rubber outsoles for a look that’s equal parts practical and stylish. Perfect for wearing anywhere, from a neighborhood bonfire to a clambake on the beach, to an impromptu boat ride! Looking for something a little more eye-catching than canvas? Try a tennis shoe/boat shoe mash-up in metallic bronze or gold leather instead.

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Slip-On Sneakers

Womans black slip on sneakerAs you may be noticing, footwear that’s capable of covering more than one base for busy people is all the rage right now. People are opting for cross-trainers appropriate for varied workouts instead of buying a separate pair of athletic shoes for each discipline. People expect their everyday shoes to be comfortable enough to work in all day, but fashionable enough to take them seamlessly into their evening dinner date without their having to go home and change.

Modern people expect something similar from their sneakers as well. As versatile as traditional lace-up sneakers are, they’re still not quite as versatile as casual flats or loafers might be. That’s where ultra-trendy slip-on sneaks from brands like Skechers come in. They feature all the support and comfort appeal you’d expect from a cross trainer but are sleek and seamless enough to wear with any casual outfit. Perfect for going straight from your morning workout at the gym to brunch with your friends or a quick trip to the mall for a coffee!

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Stunning Graphic Sneakers

Some of today’s hottest street style looks don’t just incorporate sneakers. They place them front and center with attention-getting colors and head-turning graphics that are nothing short of art in and of themselves. Splashy camouflage-inspired patterns, modern art-style color blocking, and elegant swirls are just a few examples we’ve seen and loved recently.

Graphic sneaks aren’t just big deals in the world of adult footwear, either. Don’t be surprised if the littlest members of your household start going on about how they absolutely need a pair of graphic high tops like the emoji-inspired Chat Time Multi from Skechers!

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Utility Sneakers

Utility sneakers quoteAs touched on above, a lot of the hottest casual footwear options to have this season are really mash-ups of two or more standard staples you already know and love (i.e., canvas sneaks intermarrying with boat shoes, clogs, or cross-trainers). The same logic applies to hyper-trendy utility sneakers from big names like Timberland.

Utility sneakers were originally designed to offer hard-working men and women a practical alternative to standard work boots and shoes. However, they’re also making their way into a number of envy-worthy street looks, thanks to their unique designs and unbeatable approach to comfort.

Like many modern comfort work shoes, you can walk straight out of the factory where you punch a time clock to the local pub to hang out with friends without missing a beat when it comes to style!

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High-Top Sneakers

All-star athletic shoes like the high-top Converse you remember from years ago are back with a vengeance this season. However, this season’s offerings are much sleeker and more streamlined than the high-tops of yesteryear.

Look for two-tone picks like this black Chuck Taylor. Smooth, supple black leather contrasts beautifully with Converse’s iconic white soles. Wear them when you want to complete your weekend jeans-and-a-tee-shirt look in a seamless way or pair them with a blazer, a mock turtleneck, and a pair of sleek slacks for a fun night-on-the-town look. Looking for something a little more unique than classic black and white? Watch for similar styles that swap out the black for red, aqua, or blue.

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Walking Flats

Another current trend we’re just loving is the rise of the comfort walking flat. Like sneaker clogs or slip-on sneakers, walking flats were designed for active people who need the superior support of a cross trainer or another athletic shoe, but who want something versatile enough to go with even their most stylish street looks.

Look for neutral tones like black, dove, or stone that go well with everything, from athleisure looks to fall dresses, to cropped pants. Features like high-rebound cushioning, advanced footbed technology, slip-resistant rubber outsoles, and ultra-lightweight construction make them perfect for living life on the go. Let them support your feet to perfection during your routine evening walks or slip them on to complete a stylish day look before meeting friends! These are shoes that are truly capable of doing it all.

Of course, these are just a handful of the exciting new styles you’ll be seeing on the most fashionable pairs of feet this season when it comes to sneakers, athletic shoes, and casual everyday footwear. Which options have you most excited for fall?

Brand Spotlight: The Refined Comfort of b.o.c.

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If you’ve ever owned and loved a pair of Born shoes, then you’re already familiar with what a godsend the brand has been to feet everywhere. In fact, Born has spent the past 20 years completely redefining what it means to wear comfort shoes. Fine leathers, exquisite craftsmanship, and thoughtful detailing are the hallmarks of the label, so it’s not hard to see why they have such a loyal following. Continue reading

American Icon: Why We Love Converse Shoes

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Also sometimes known simply as Chuck Taylors (or Chucks), Converse sneakers are so much more than just a popular shoe brand. At this point, they’ve successfully crossed the border into icon territory, and that’s been the case for some time. In fact, millions of Americans would have a hard time considering their closets complete without at least one pair of Converse. Continue reading

School’s Back in Session: A Shoe Guide for Outfitting Your Kids for Class and Fall Athletic Activities

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Summer’s drawing to a close, and the days are drawing shorter as fall approaches. After all, the kids are going back to school, and now is the time to get their wardrobes ready for the classroom and athletic field. Smart footwear choices will help your little ones make the most of every activity of the season. Continue reading

10 Best Workout Shoes for Challenging Summer Activities

best workout shoes for challenging summer activities

If you’re an active person, then you’re probably aware that there’s just something about summer that really makes you want to get up, get out, and get moving. After all, there’s no better feeling than the sun on your skin and the wind in your hair while you work out or spend time on the move! However, it’s essential to have the right footwear in your corner if you’re serious about reaping the rewards of your summer workouts.

If you think any well-made workout shoe will do for any summer activity, you really need to think again for a number of good reasons. For instance, features that make a certain shoe perfect for tennis can make it a terrible choice for basketball or hiking. A good pair of cross trainers is terrific for many summer activities, but they’re not really made to stand up to the outside elements. Here, we’ll take a closer look at the best type of shoe for each of your favorite warm weather workouts. You’ll be noticing the difference they make in no time.

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Standard Running and Jogging

gray running shoe isolated on whitePerhaps one of the most popular ways to fulfill that daily exercise quota is to lace up a favorite pair of athletic shoes and go for a run. This is especially the case during the summer when the gorgeous weather gives you a great excuse not to stay cooped up in the gym all day. However, it’s vitally important to make sure your running shoe is designed with that activity in mind.

Shoes that are designed for running come equipped with motion control features, as well as shock absorption technology to guard joints and bones against the jarring effects of repeated impact. This helps prevent you from sustaining or worsening an injury. You’re less likely to suffer from achy feet after you’ve been working out as well.

Think options like the 560 model from New Balance. Compression molded EVA outsoles provide unbeatable comfort, traction, and support. Special cushioning technology guards your body against impact-related damage. Breathable mesh uppers help keep your feet cool and dry during even the toughest, most grueling running sessions.

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Trail Running

While some people definitely don’t mind running on the roads, it’s not for everyone. Some people prefer the primal experience of running out in nature on trails and over various terrains. Not only is trail running a great way to treat yourself to some truly therapeutic views, but adding changeable terrain to the mix helps make your workouts more challenging.

Don’t make the mistake of thinking the same shoes you wear to jog around the block will be the proper choice if you’re serious about trail running. Shoes designed for trail running feature thicker, sturdier soles capable of protecting your feet from rocks, unexpected debris, and just about anything else Mother Nature might send your way.

Ultra-traction soles are also seriously important when you’re a trail runner. Keep in mind that dirt, gravel, and loose soil don’t offer the same consistency as a sidewalk or city street, so your shoes’ soles need to be designed to handle the variants. This is especially the case when running uphill or downhill.

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Barefoot Workouts

Have you ever been at the gym and caught sight of a guy walking around or even working out completely barefoot (or maybe just in his socks)? While it may not be the most hygienic choice, we assure you he hasn’t completely lost his mind. He’s probably into barefoot workouts—which is trending right now.

man running barefoot on asphaltExperts who swear by barefoot workouts feel that the best way to get the most out of your exercise sessions is to stick to the tools Mother Nature gave you. By exercising barefoot, you can work on strengthening the muscles, tendons, and ligaments in your feet. This, in turn, can minimize the risk of sustaining an injury, according to this line of thought.

If you’d like to try your own hand at this type of workout, consider investing in a good pair of minimalist shoes. Minimalist shoes are lightweight, feature a low heel drop, and allow your feet to enjoy the highest degree of freedom while remaining safe and supportive.

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Weight Training

These days, weight lifting isn’t just for body builders like Arnold Schwarzenegger anymore. Strength training is considered an important part of any comprehensive fitness regimen. It’s the best way to build lean muscle mass, improve your posture, strengthen your skeletal system, and so much more.

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It’s also a common misconception that, because logging time in the weight room doesn’t require a lot of walking or running, the shoes you wear isn’t as important as other activities. Footwear that’s appropriate for weight lifting features a flat sole and a raised heel. This set-up helps you maximize the range of motion for your ankles and makes it easier to maintain a proper lifting form—which is essential if you’re serious about seeing results and avoiding injury.

Good weight training shoes also tend to be stiffer and more stable to keep your feet from shifting during difficult moves like overhead presses, snatches, and jerks. Surprisingly, a trusty pair of Chuck Taylors is actually perfect for this activity.

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Biking and Cycling

Whether you’re sticking with your favorite spin class or have been tempted back on a traditional bike by the fresh air and sunshine, the benefits of cycling can’t be denied. It’s a great way to get your heart rate up, build endurance, and make short work of excess calories. Plus, it’s loads of fun, especially if you like to go bike riding with friends and family through beautiful natural areas.

Shoes that are ideal for biking and cycling are typically nice and stiff to provide your feet with the support they need to pedal without cramping. Good cycling shoes help you get more out of your workout by providing constant contact with the pedal and superior control over each rotation. Making sure to wear the right shoes helps reduce the likelihood of slipping off the pedals or otherwise losing control of the bike, which can result in injury.

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Mountain Biking

mountain biking shoes quoteThe rigors of mountain biking differ from cycling on paved ground. Shoes that are ideal for this sport are going to have a lot of similarities to trail running shoes because they factor in the inconsistent terrain. Think soles that feature extra traction for trekking up rough trails and maintaining control of a bike if things get unpredictable! Mountain biking shoes are also generally heavier and less aerodynamic than other types of athletic shoes—the better to protect your feet from the elements or any possible hazards.

Last, but not least, mountain biking can sometimes require you to think fast and act quickly. For that reason, you’ll also want to look for shoes that can be easily disengaged from the pedals just in case. You’ll be better equipped to handle it if you need to stop suddenly or if you happen to take a tumble.

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Walking

Since walking is something you can do every single day, it’s easy to assume any old pair of shoes will do, so long as they’re comfortable. However, walking for long periods or for exercise purposes is pretty serious business. A flimsy pair of basic canvas tennis shoes may be fine for walking around grocery store, but they may not be the best choice for a day trip to Disney Land or a long journey on your favorite hiking trail.

Look for options with features capable of supporting your body during long periods of standing or walking. Look for solid arch support, relatively flexible soles, and plenty of cushioning to help absorb shock. While it’s true that walking isn’t as high impact as running or jogging, your feet and joints will still appreciate the protection.

Try a walking shoe that doesn’t necessarily look like a walking shoe—like the You Walk from Skechers. It’s perfect for everything from window shopping at the mall to daily strolls around the neighborhood with your family.

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Hiking and Exploring

Hiking shoes are designed to handle the challenges of the trail. The more challenging the terrain, the more important it is to have a good, reliable hiking shoe.

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If you’re the type who sticks to low-key recreational trails, you might be able to get away with wearing your trail running shoes. However, hikers who like to challenge themselves will want to look for something with a little added support. Mid- or high-cut tops are a good idea for supporting your ankles and maintaining stability. Just understand that hiking boots and shoes are generally made with ruggedness in mind, so they’ll be a lot heavier than standard shoes.

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Beach Workouts

If you’re lucky enough to live by the ocean, a river, a lake, or any other large body of water, it’s totally understandable if it’s your workout spot of choice during the warmer summer months. However, while it’s probably tempting to perform your beach workouts barefoot, it’s really much better to choose the right footwear, just like every other type of exercise.

Don’t risk ruining your expensive running shoes or walking shoes by subjecting them to the salt, sand, and moisture down by the water. Invest in a good pair of water shoes instead. Water shoes provide the same amazing support and stability you’d expect from any other type of workout shoe, but they’re made to withstand exposure to water and moisture.

If you absolutely hate the idea of wearing enclosed shoes on the beach, try a pair of hiking sandals from a brand like Chaco or Birkenstock instead. They’ll let you enjoy the feeling of the beach, while providing the support you need.

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Crossfit or Multi-Activity Workouts

Are you one of the millions of people who have fallen in love with Crossfit? Maybe you’re someone who likes to engage in multiple types of exercise during a single session. Whatever the case may be, it’s understandable that you’d want a workout shoe that’s capable of handling this intense workout style. Try a good cross-trainer—a shoe that’s just as suitable for running as it is lifting weights and hopping on top of a plyometric box.

Good cross trainers have flat soles. They’re also built for both support and flexibility, but they don’t have an overabundance of cushioning. People who are into CrossFit and other multi-activity workouts need to feel grounded with lightweight options that will support their hard work. Try an ultra-breathable option like the Under Armour UA Dash on for size. You’ll love the way it carries you through even the most challenging multi-faceted workouts!

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No matter which fitness program you choose, look for shoes that are designed for the activity at hand. That way, you can enjoy all of your favorite summer activities.