We could write an entire novel devoted solely to sneaker trends. Despite occupying a small, relatively niche subset of the sartorial umbrella, sneakers seem to be subject to just as many trend fluctuations as, say, outerwear or bags. From dad sneakers and platforms to the resurgence of Vans, Reebok, and Fila, there’s always something to report on in the sneaker world.
Which brings us to the best sneakers for women in 2021. After carefully considering the street style, runway, and retail trends, we’ve separated today’s trendy sneakers into five main camps: dad sneakers, classic all-white, platform and exaggerated soles, weekend kicks, and athleisure. Keep scrolling for the 2021 way to wear sneakers, and shop the most on-trend buys in each category.