Walk this Way: Best Sneakers for the Road
Not to sound like the fashion police or anything, but the Crocs and Uggs have got to go. Here are 9 on-trend alternatives that are by equal turns comfy AND classy. * Updated 2018
Adidas Yeezy Boost 350
Perfect for: Stepping out in New York. The lowdown: When Kanye West first dropped his Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 trainers, people lined up for more than 48 hours just to get their hands on a pair. A year later and the popular sneaks continue flying off the racks. So why all the hype? Turns out the futuristic kicks offer multiple elements of comfort—moccasin construction, premium suede arch support and a trademark Boost sole. Hey, if they’re good enough for Yeezus …
Common Projects Achilles
Perfect for: Museum-hopping in Berlin.
The lowdown: Designed to be the “perfect white sneaker,” Common Projects’ low-top Achilles kicks have major crossover appeal. Dress them down with a pair of cropped flare jeans, or up with a cigarette pant or flirty dress. Stitched by hand and made of Italian leather, they’re not only gorgeous—they’re also durable enough to last you a few seasons.
Ransom Holding Co. Brohm Lite
Perfect for: Strollin’ through Seattle. The lowdown: It should be no surprise that this innovative shoe from Ransom Holding Company is high on our list. After all, the Vancouver-based company’s slogan is, “Go forth onto the never ending path”—a sentiment that any Jetsetter can get down with. This soft suede sneaker has a neoprene sock lining and pull tabs at the tongue and heel for easy slip-on. Shoelaces? Who needs ‘em?
Eytys Mother Suede Grey
Perfect for: Shopping in Stockholm.
The lowdown: Fashion girls go crazy over this clunky shoe from Swedish brand, Eytys. Versatile enough to be worn with all you off-duty outfits, it has ample cushioning and a comfortable cork footbed, making it our go-to pair for pounding the pavement.
Vince Parker Stamped Lizard Sneaker
Perfect for: A day-to-night look in Tokyo.
The lowdown: Only packed a carry-on? This Vince sneaker works overtime as a stylish going-out option, thanks to its sleek toe and pebbled leather uppers. A streamlined strap only adds to its unfussy, dressed-up appeal. Pair ‘em with boyfriend jeans during the day and a leather skirt at night.
New Balance for J.Crew 1400 Sneakers
Perfect for: Navigating airport security. The lowdown: The 1400s are to sneakers what the 501s are to jeans. But just because you’ve seen this classic sneaker before, doesn’t mean that you’ve seen it quite like this. With pumped-up details like alternate color accents and a ripple sole, this J Crew x New Balance collab is giving the original a serious run for its money.
Adidas Stan Smith
Perfect for: Impromptu photo shoots along the Seine. The lowdown: Just about everyone we know seems to own this classic white trainer. But that hasn’t kept us from lacing up in the iconic kicks, which were first designed for French tennis player Robert Haillet in the mid 60s. Style the green heeled shoes with a long trench and your favorite skinny jeans for a winning off-the-court look.
Perfect for: Weekend brunch in LA.
The lowdown: Italian designer Giuseppe Zanotti has collaborated with the biggest names in hip-hop, from Kanye to Kid Cudi, Nicki Minaj and even Beyonce. So it should be no surprise that Zanotti’s sneaker designs have serious 'tude. This edgy new mid-top shoe features sporty rubber platform soles and plenty of sharp details like crocodile-embossed leather and a menswear-inspired strap. Reach for them and you’ll be city-ready in no time.
Converse All Star
Perfect for: Anywhere, anytime.
The lowdown: The All Star has exuded timeless cool for nearly a century. It’s evolved into different shapes and colors (at one point even morphing into a high-heel), but we keep going back to the classic look we were rocking in high school—all white, with red and blue trim. Keep a pair handy for when those stilettos start giving you a hard time.