What Are the Different Types of Sneakers That Exist Today?

What Are the Different Types of Sneakers That Exist Today?

What Are the Different Types of Sneakers That Exist Today?

Sneakers are not only functional, but they're also a popular wardrobe staple. Keeping up with all the different kinds of shoes can be intimidating, especially when there are new releases every other week! People of all ages, from all backgrounds, love a good pair of sneakers.

That's why this guide will simplify it for you by exploring all of the different types of sneakers that exist today. Not only will you get some brownie points with the sneakerheads, but you'll also elevate your own personal style.

Ready to learn more? Let's get started. 

Basketball Sneakers

Let's begin with one of the most coveted types of shoes out there, basketball sneakers. These shoes have been in the fashion limelight for a while now. Particularly high-top basketball sneakers. 

High-top sneakers were first made to reflect the ankle boots that men were wearing at the time. Although many people speculated that safety was a big aspect of the high- and low-top debate, there wasn't any evidence that high-top sneakers were any safer. 

The footwear industry loves basketball sneakers because not only are they effortlessly cool, but it's easy to collaborate with athletes on new designs. If you're off the court, pair them with some skinny jeans and a tight shirt, you'll be sure to stand out. 

Slip-On Sneakers

Some people don't have time to put on their shoes and lace them up. That's where slip-on sneakers come in. Although not exactly athletic footwear, it's the ultimate comfy and casual option. 

The first sign of slip-on sneakers came in 1977 and gained popularity amongst Southern California's skateboard scene. The ease of use and opportunity for design made it grow more and more popular over the years. Now you can find slip-on sneakers pretty much anywhere, in all different patterns and colors.

Canvas Sneakers

The most popular version of the canvas sneaker belongs to Converse, which managed to perfect the cool but not flashy aesthetic. Canvas shoes are named after their material and are very durable. There are low- and high-rise versions of these sneakers.

It's not difficult to style canvas sneakers; there's an all-American look to them that is flattering on everybody. White tank tops, blue jeans, and white canvas sneakers: this is the ideal outfit for anyone looking for an effortlessly stylish look. 

Be sure to roll up your jeans for extra style points. 

Athletic Sneakers

There's been a lot of love shown to casual sneakers, but it'd be silly to ignore athletic sneakers. This one is a bit of a cheat because there are so many sub-categories of sneakers within athletic sneakers (including basketball shoes!) However, these types of sneakers are mainly geared toward performance as opposed to fashion.

However, don't assume that you won't be proud to wear them. These sports sneakers are the best combination of both functionality and style. Regardless of what you're doing—walking, running, hitting the gym—you can count on these sneakers to get the job done right.

One of the most popular types of athletic sneakers is the running shoe. These shoes have been getting faster, more comfortable, and futuristic as the years continue.

Go to any sneaker shop and try on a pair. You'll notice the difference right away.

Japanese Sneakers

Japan's fascination with sneakers has been around for quite a while. This should come as no surprise, with Tokyo being one of the top fashion meccas in the world. Luckily, you can find some unique and high-quality Japanese sneakers with ease.

It's difficult to beat the amount of labor and care that Japanese sneakers were made with. There are sneakers made with the same process as pottery, LED sneakers, and designs that are completely novel to the culture. 

If you're able to get your hands on a good pair of Japanese sneakers, you'll notice the difference immediately. You're also sure to get a good amount of compliments as you walk down the street, so be prepared for that.  

Designer Sneakers

As you may have guessed already, designer sneakers are sneakers that a designer brand releases. Some of the most popular names you might recognize include Marc Jacobs or Balenciaga. These high-end sneakers are usually meant to be worn with formal outfits, but at that price tag, you can rock them whichever way you want. 

Not only are designer sneakers quite comfortable, but they're also clearly a way to stand out from the crowd. It's an easy way to turn an ordinary outfit into something extraordinary. 

The first designer brand to release a show was Gucci. In 1984, they released an Italian-made sneaker with their signature green and red stripes on the heel. Their participation in the game was prescient and got many other luxury brands to follow in their footsteps (no pun intended).

Different Types of Sneakers

Although accessories help complete an outfit, shoes can make or break it. When it comes to sneakers, not only can they provide a more comfortable foundation for your feet, but they can also take an outfit to the next level. There's plenty of options to choose from, but now that you know what's out there, you'll be able to make the right choice.

The great thing about fashion is that there are no rules, really, so go ahead and try out as many sneakers as you want! The only thing to remember is that confidence is key. 

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