Gone are the days when sneakers were solely worn for comfort. Today they're a style statement —and our closets (and feet) are better for it
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Investing in designer goods is no small feat. which is one of the reasons why accessories have a strong claim on the luxury sector. A Chanel handbag, an Hermès scarf, or a pair of Prada loafers are some of the most popular picks because they're the kind of staples you can wear almost every day with almost any ensemble.
With the trend leaning towards comfort, investing in a pair of designer sneakers has never been more of a no-brainer. Some iconic iterations have come to define this particular style of footwear, from Balenciaga's Triple S logo chunky dad shoes to Comme Des Garçons Play's continuous collaboration with Converse.
What designer sneakers should you invest in?
Finding the right pair of designer sneakers is all about priorities. The many options available means you will have to figure out what brand, fit and model you'd prefer. Are you looking for a classic style with minimal detailing from one of the heritage houses, such as Saint Laurent's sleek tennis shoes, or are you on the hunt on a street-wear style like Off-White's 'OOO' sneakers? If you want a one-of-kind, look to the collaboration between designer labels and athletic brands, like Marni's colourful take on the classic Veja shoe.
Below, we've gathered the 30 best designer sneakers to invest in now:
Ganni x New Balance
Via New Balance
Ganni x New Balance is the latest collaboration between a designer and a sneaker brand to keep an eye on. Inspired by the “everyday athletics” of modern city life, the 2002R sneaker is a high-energy take on the circa 2010 technical running model with a classic New Balance shape and Ganni joie de vivre.
Rhyton Gucci logo leather sneaker
Logomania is one of the aspects of Y2K fashion that Gen Z has wholeheartedly embrace with Gucci's gender-fluid fashion and singular aesthetic a fast favourite. Designed with a thick sole and bulky construction, the Rhyton sneaker's retro look with a vintage logo inspired by 1980s prints is an easy addition to any wardrobe.
Logo-plaque leather sneakers
Prada is the accessory brand that can do no wrong in 2022. With its Re-Edition handbags, envy-inducing loafers and futuristic kitten heels, it is no surprise that its logo-plaque sneakers is up to par. Made for every day use, the sleek tennis shoe shape and minimalist logo is easily paired with suit trousers and distressed denim alike.
Comme Des Garçons Play x Converse
All Star low-top sneakers with logo
When considering designer sneaker shoe collabs, the longstanding partnership between Comme Des Garçons Play and Converse is arguably one of the first to come to mind. Having collaborated for decades, the now-iconic Chuck Taylors with the heart-shaped detail first came out in 2015, and ever since have been a trusty spring/summer designer shoe.
Marni x Veja
“Marni is all about style, Veja is all about the journey,” Veja’s co-founder and creative director Sebastien Kopp said of the recent collaboration. On the classic canvas of Veja’s sneakers, Marni’s playful print – colourful scribbles, as if someone took a marker to the shoe – comes to life. While it is far from the usual minimalist, everyday footwear, the pair makes for a surprisingly versatile addition to our collection.
Triple S logo-embroidered sneakers
Though the silhouette may not be at the pinnacle of its popularity compared to previous years — especially with the release of Balenciaga's trail sneaker having stolen much of the limelight – the triple S sneaker is still in our steadfast daily rotation. So if you're into chunky dad sneakers, these are a solid choice.
90 embroidered bird sneakers
Swedish Axel Arigato has established itself as one of the Scandinavian designer brands to watch when it comes to sneakers. Its signature embroidered bird print and stamped gold logo is a modern yet minimalist way to do branding. The handmade sneaker offers an upper and lining made from Italian leather, set on a cup-sole incorporating a mix of recycled and virgin rubber.
Court Classic logo-embroidered leather sneakers
Saint Lauent's low-top 'Court Classic' sleek sneakers are embroidered with the label's logo in black stitching at the side, the stitching giving the smooth white leather some tactility. With minimalist branding, these designer sneaker are easily worn everyday whether paired with flirty dresses, tailoring or relaxed denim.
Beginning with a focus in masterfully constructed cashmere pieces, Brunello Cucinelli became synonymous with fine Italian craftsmanship and casual luxury. No surprise then that the brand's sneakers err on the side of elevated everyday luxury. In a trio of muted greys and navy blue, these sneakers are begging for a pair of light wash wide-legged denim to skim the top.
Out of Office 'OOO' sneakers
Looking back on the '80s and '90s tennis shoes' aesthetic, Off-White infuses its Out of Office 'OOO' sneakers with contrasting accents and modernised retro details. Crafted from soft leather, they're marked with a 'for walking' quote motif at the sides and a signature safety tag at the upper.
Skagway low-top sneakers
Distressed from the start, the Skagways are "Japanese excellence," according to our print editor Allyson Shiffman. A sneaker for the in-the-know fashion crowd, they're the cooler version of classic converse. As Shiffman says, "If you know, you know."
Ribbed-sole low-top sneakers
True to Jil Sander’s minimal aesthetic, these low-top sneakers feature a tonal design set atop a platform sole with vertical ribbing. While the namesake designer may be German, her less-is-more aesthetics has a solidified spot in our Scandinavian wardrobes.
Replica leather and suede sneakers
Maison Margiela's Replica sneakers is another style that have gained icon status among the fashion set and sneakerheads alike. Instantly recognisable due to the white stitch at the heel (a staple seen in all of the brand's garments and accessories), they're a low-key flex for the fashion set.
Kindsay low-top sneakers
"Isabel Marant's sneakers are just what you want in a shoe," our digital editor Eliza Sörman Nilsson who has been a long-time fan of the brand's footwear. Introduced in a white and light beige colourway, the Kindsay sneakers from Isabel Marant are one of the brand's sportier models.
Ballow printed cotton-canvas high-top sneakers
Acne Studios' high-top 'Ballow' sneakers are a play on the idea of a signature style, with trademark and copyright symbols printed on the side. Made from durable canvas with tonal strips along the heel, and contrasting brown laces they were made to be worn with dark blue raw denim.
Dolce & Gabbana
Daymaster lace-up sneakers
Set on a chunky rubber heel for optimal comfort, we find ourselves turning to Dolce & Gabbana's sneakers for how they feel. Featuring a chunky heel, an almond toe, a lace fastening, a back embossed logo stamp, a perforated detail and a contrasting heel counter, they merge fashion and function beautifully.
Lug soled leather sneakers
Alexander McQueen's sneakers are the definition of two birds, one stone. After all, they are as comfortable as they look and they tap into the enduring 'dad sneaker' trend. Made for the minimalists, they're set on gripped rubber soles that'll easily transition from walks in the city to stroll in countryside.
Super-star low-top sneakers
Another recommendation from our digital editor Eliza Sörman Nilsson, they were the trusty dance-floor shoes for the bridesmaids at her sister wedding. With these shoes, the worry about keeping them pristine is taken out of the equation as they come pre-distressed.
Monogram leather and suede trainers
With a raised logo piped along the sides, Totême’s Italian-made white leather trainers are very much a Scandi staple. As with all Totême garments and accessories, the shoes are made consciously in both designs and production crafter in Italy from Italian nappa leather and suede.
Rick Owens x Converse
Twill high-top sneakers
Another take on Converse classic 'Chuck 70', Rick Owens DRKSHDW's collaboration features elongated tongues stitched with a joint brand logo. We suggest you pair them with a cropped trouser or a mini-hem to show off these understated showstoppers.
Low-Top Sneakers Ami De Coeur
Another brand favoured by the fashion crowd, we've all fallen in love with AMI Paris' heart-shaped A logo. While it is not included in the brand's sneaker offering, we adore the pared-back aesthetic of these Paris-inspired calf leather sneakers – the perfect addition to your Frandinavian wardrobe.
Paneled leather and cotton-canvas high-top sneakers
JW Anderson's sneakers are all about understated branding. Embossed with the brand's logo on the leather side panels, the name is also spelled out on the laces. Set on chunky rubber soles and inspired by combat styles, they were made for stomping through the city.
Stella McCartney x Adidas
Stella Stan Smith printed vegan leather sneakers
Designed in collaboration with Ed Curtis and adidas Originals, Stella McCartney's 'Stan Smith' sneakers are equally cool and colourful. They're made from soft vegan leather and feature star-shaped perforations - a detail fans of the designer will love.
Track 80 leather-trimmed suede and ripstop sneakers
Common Projects models its 'Track 80' sneakers after vintage running pairs, with a gold stamped serial numbers at the sides to denote the style, colour and size. Understated, they make a big sartorial impact.
Vieirissima two-tone leather sneakers
Each panel of white leather used to make Christian Louboutin's 'Vieirissima' sneakers is complete with contrasting red edges, a nod to the brand's instantly recognisable soles. Made for the sporty person who wants to sport a pair of red-bottoms, we suggest you wear them with anything from sharp tailoring to feminine dresses.
Leather-trimmed jacquard high-top sneakers
Loewe's jacquard woven sneakers with the brand's 'Anagram' logo give a nod to the brand's heritage in leatherwork. With the edges trimmed with smooth cognac coloured hide, and both ankles embellished with debossed patches we suggest you style yours with head-to-toe neutrals.
Marie H canvas sneakers
Another brand that has its place in modern minimalist wardrobes, The Row's white 'Marie H' sneakers will go with just about everything in your closet. The beauty of these shoes lie in their simplicity.
Victoria Beckham x Reebok
Club C suede-trimmed leather sneakers
Reebok X Victoria Beckham's sneakers are modelled on the sport giant's iconic 'Club C' style. Crafted from white and black leather, they're traced with tonal suede and feature an embossed logo on each side. Why not lean into the athleisure look and style your with elevated knit legging or a pair of Ganni tracksuit trousers?
GMBH x Asics
Gel Quantum 360 sneakers
Berlin fashion label GmbH have reunited with ASICS for their fourth collaborative sneaker collection, presenting the GEL-Quantum 360s in a distinct duo of colourways that can only be described as very ‘GmbH’. Our favourite? This pair featuring a gilded tongue and black patent sides.
Another iconic Swedish sneaker brand, Eytys' Odessa style derives it's distinct look from a brutalist interpretation of 1940s sports shoes. Easily worn everyday, the distinct satin tongue label and heavy ribbed sole have been sported by everyone in the Swedish style set.