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Whether you're an athlete, gym junkie, frequent commuter, or "sneakerhead," one thing everyone can agree on is that sneakers are an essential part to life. Dramatic? Maybe, but sneakers provide breathable comfort, versatility, and durability that you wouldn't normally get from towering pumps or too-flat shoes. Serena Williams wore a pair of bedazzled kicks to her wedding, chunky dad and grandpa sneakers are now a thing, and the latest offerings from classic brands like Nike, Adidas, Reebok and more are proof that sequels can actually be better than the originals.
We're all loyal to a specific brand, but exploring other options wouldn't hurt our closets or wallets. Ahead, 21 sneaker brands that are made for walking, flexing, and everything else you like to do.
View Gallery 21 Photos Air Max 98 S2S Sneaker NIKE nordstrom.com $160.00 SHOP NOW
If there is ever a sprawling line outside of a sneaker store, chances are a new drop from Nike just arrived. The tried and true athletic brand has been feeding athletes and "hypebeasts" alike for over 50 years by updating classic silhouettes like the Air Max 98 in fresh, eye-popping colors.
Falcon Sneaker Adidas nordstrom.com $100.00 SHOP NOW
Checks over stripes? I can't choose and don't let anyone (ahem, Drake) force you to. Adidas has not only earned its bragging rights for its timeless and iconic sneakers (it doesn't get more iconic than the Superstar) but also for its high-profile celebrity and designer collaborations and making old new again.
Rawlins III Joggers Tretorn shopbop.com $75.00 SHOP NOW
Tretorn knows you live a busy life, that's why the brand puts a little oomph in their sneakers to give customers comfortable shoes to carry out their daily tasks.
Royale Low Top Sneaker Greats nordstrom.com $189.00 SHOP NOW
You deserve luxury. You deserve comfort. You deserve durability. So you deserve a pair of Greats.
Thunder Fashion Sneakers Puma shopbop.com $120.00 SHOP NOW
I can tell you to buy Puma because the tried and true brand hasn't steered us wrong in its 70-plus year history, or because the brand sure knows how to pick its celebrity collaborators (Rihanna). Simply put, Puma has been silently killing the game with a range of luxe, classic styles at an affordable price point.
Vans Classic Slip-On Platform Vans zappos.com $54.95 SHOP NOW
No longer reserved for the skater boys and girls, Vans' classic slip-ons and Ska8-Hi sneakers are a cult favorite and never go out of style.
Atmos X Fly Mobius Reebok reebok.com $140.00 SHOP NOW
Reebok is one of the preferred gym sneakers for many people, but the iconic brand has keeping with the times and even released its 90s silhouette, the Aztrec, with Cardi B as the face of the campaign.
Holiday Sneaker Veja nordstrom.com $140.00 SHOP NOW
Veja is a French-born company that combines organic materials sourced in Brazil to create eco-friendly shoes that look luxurious. The brand has been gaining buzz thanks to its celeb customers, including Meghan Markle and EmRata.
Women's Wool Runners allbirds.com $95.00 SHOP NOW
Wool is the last thing you'd want to put on your foot, but Allbirds is here to change your mind. The brand, which launched in 2014, is famous for its Wool Runners, made with a padded sole and lightweight materials.
Women's Ride ISO 2 saucony saucony.com $48.00 SHOP NOW
Saucony was made just for runners. The pillow-soft cushioning and easily adaptable fit provides endless comfort and flexibility.
Retro Low Top Sneaker Common Projects nordstrom.com $325.49 SHOP NOW
Common Projects is designed using the finest materials to create minimalist yet timeless sneakers with an Italian flair.
Keds x Kate Spade New York Keds x Kate Spade New York zappos.com $119.95 SHOP NOW
First came the iconic Champion sneaker, then Keds doled out various interpretations of the silhouette over time. They introduced more styles, including the Triple Decker, which received the Kate Spade New York treatment in 2018.
New Balance 997H Sneaker New Balance urbanoutfitters.com $90.00 SHOP NOW
New Balance gives your feet a pillow-soft landing with every step. The brand isn't too concerned with following the latest trends and remains a trusted brand because of it.
Air Jordan 12 Retro Nike nike.com $190.00 SHOP NOW
It's safe to say that Michael Jordan's famous sneakers have shaped streetwear culture. The brand brings old classics to a new generation with every drop. They made history by landing its first female collaborator, Aleali May, who redesigned the Air Jordan VI and Air Jordan 1.
Kindsay Lace-Up Sneaker Isabel Marant nordstrom.com $422.98 SHOP NOW
Isabel Marant's once-ubiquitous wedge sneakers are a thing of the past. Now, the designer's collection includes her interpretation of the chunky "dad sneaker" trend, slip-ons with bridge straps and colorful runners.
Remi Lace Up Sneakers Loeffler Randall shopbop.com $295.00 SHOP NOW
Designer Jessie Randall's Loeffler Randall heels are a dream, but the sneakers are dreamier. Randall's sneakers are morphed into modern silhouettes and designed with fun little details like leopard print and swirly lines.
Flame Sneakers Sandro Paris sandro-paris.com $245.00 SHOP NOW
You can spot a pair of Sandro Paris sneakers by its signature flame streaks on the sides. The Parisian brand is known for its clean lines and minimalist aesthetic with an array colorful options that can be dressed up or down.
Fila Disruptor 2 FILA urbanoutfitters.com $65.00 SHOP NOW
No other sneaker had a better comeback than the Fila Disruptor. The modernized update to the 90s original features an even thicker sole and comes in range of colors, including a blinding neon green.
Chuck Taylor® All Star® Platform Sneaker [width : m] CONVERSE nordstrom.com $65.00 SHOP NOW
Does one ever truly grow out of Converse? The high and low options are the perfect addition to any outfit, especially with a little scuff here and there.
2790 Cotropew Sneakers Superga shopbop.com $85.00 SHOP NOW
If it's good enough for Kate Middleton, it's good enough for you.
1337-14 Classic Kicks Sneakers Buffalo London shopbop.com $280.00 SHOP NOW
Buffalo London are the shoes you wear when you want to be extra. All eyes will be on you, not only because you'll be a couple inches taller than your peers, but who could miss you in this platform neon style?
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