It’s official: sneakers are the way to show style and status in 2021 and beyond. The global sneaker market currently rakes in around $80 billion a year. In five years, that number is expected to reach $120 billion.
With such a large market and so many styles and price points to choose from, you would be missing out by not grabbing a pair for yourself.
And if you think your old worn-out sneakers will suffice, consider some of the latest sneaker trends 2021 has to offer.
This year, forget only adding a “pop” of color. The sneakers of 2021 are covered in bright and bold colors. They don’t shy away from the loudest, most saturated hues, making them a fun way to add color to your wardrobe.
Not only are brightly-colored sneakers on-trend, but sneakers that combine multiple colors are popular too. Look for styles in green, purple, red, pink, or all of the above!
The best shoe fashion isn’t always the trendiest. This year, the focus is on timeless sneakers that never go out of style. While they may have been overshadowed by trends such as the “ugly shoe” trend of recent years, classic sneakers are taking center stage yet again.
Classic favorites are usually unisex and basic, yet iconic. If you’re looking for new sneakers, classics such as Air Force 1s and Converse Chuck Taylors are a safe bet because they never feel dated or uncool.
Another trend in the sneaker industry is creating re-issues of retro styles. Popular sneaker brands like Nike, New Balance, and Reebok brought back classic styles that feel both nostalgic and fresh.
If you needed another reason to reach for classic Converse high-tops, high-top shoes are especially trendy in 2021. While Converse might be known for their iconic high-top canvas sneakers, other brands have released their own versions too. You can find high-top sneakers in a range of styles from basic and versatile to luxury and designer.
High-tops can be styled tucked underpants or with shorts or skirts. One point that makes high-top sneakers a favorite is that they’re taller than the average shoe. This means that they take up more space and grab more attention.
When looking for high-top shoes, then find a style that you’re happy to show off. One trendy option is to go for a clean white canvas style that contrasts with a darker outfit. You can also try sneakers with a logo you love, whether it’s the Nike swoosh or Vans’ “jazz stripe.”
Off-the-Track Running Shoes
Runners know the importance of comfortable shoes, but sneakerheads deserve comfort too. Thankfully, 2021 has been full of athletic shoes that are perfect to wear off the running track too.
Sports footwear embraces breathable fabrics and cushion insoles, not fashion and appearance. Still, with a variety of colors and styles, athletic shoes can look good while feeling good.
Nearly every major brand offers running shoes, from Adidas to Nike. Look for bouncy bottoms and mesh fabrics.
Not everyone wants brightly colored shoes. If that sounds like you, you’re still in luck.
2021 has embraced simple, monochromatic sneakers. Black-and-white shoes are easy to match with everything and allow you to leave the color to the rest of your outfit.
Vans’ slip-on sneakers have been popular for years, but with the current checkerboard trend taking over fashion, their black-and-white checkerboard slip-ons have been especially popular.
Now is also a great time to try out sneakers that are all-black or all-white. Completely black or white shoes are easy to coordinate with other clothes while still making a statement.
Platforms That Add Height
One of the latest sneaker trends can add height and make your legs look longer without heels. Platform sneakers are the perfect trend for those who wish they were taller, though anyone can wear them, regardless of height.
As we’ve entered the 2020s, the fashion industry has been inspired by trends of the 1990s. Platform sneakers, commonly worn by pop stars and teens in the 90s, seem to be part of this shift.
Some platform sneakers are chunky with an extra-thick sole. Others are simple, with the platform blending in with the rest of the shoe.
Either way, this trend is a playful way to enjoy the comfort of sneakers while adding height only heels can compete with.
It’s no surprise that sneaker designers are getting creative, especially as sneakers continue to be popular year after year.
For the freshest designs, turn to this year’s artistic sneaker trend. These are the styles that are sure to turn heads and receive compliments from friends and strangers alike.
This trend is splashed on sneakers in geometric patterns, abstract shapes, and other unique and artsy prints. You can usually find these artistic styles on canvas high-tops or slip-ons.
To find your own artistic sneaker style, look for designer collaborations or luxury brands, both of which often get creative with their unique sneaker designs.
If you dabble in this trend, be sure to take good care of your sneakers when wearing them out. After all, you’re practically wearing a work of art on your feet!
Stay Stylish With the Latest Sneaker Trends
2021 has given us a variety of sneaker styles to choose from. For the bold, go for bright colors, artistic prints, and attention-grabbing platforms. For those looking for simple styles, timeless classics and monochromatic sneakers may be best.
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