If last fall was any indication, the fashion sneaker trend will be huge this spring. But we believe that when it comes to sneakers, it doesn’t get better than the classics. So for us, it’s all about finding new ways to wear our all-time favorites. Read on to see our top throwback sneaker picks, plus tips for how to wear them now.
1. Adidas. Superstars, Rod Lavers, Stan Smiths. These are the sneakers of the moment—even though they’ve been around for decades. Wear them with simple pants and an interesting top (or vice versa) for an easy weekend outfit. Dress up the look with a more formal jacket or coat—like a blazer or something in a special fabric like silver jacquard.
2. Vans. Céline brought back the slip-on with a bang. And though their interpretations are totally luxe (in fun snakeskin and pony hair), classic Vans are tough to beat. They’re super versatile, but we’ve noticed a lot of women wearing them with shorter skirts, basic tops, and cute cross-body bags. Slip-ons work perfectly with the streamlined uniform of the girl-on-the-go.
3. Converse. This is the throwback sneaker that continues to reinvent itself. The classic design acts as a blank canvas for cool textiles and unexpected accents. Pair them with jeans or a denim jacket to play up their all-American vibe—iconic always, despite any and all embellishments.
4. New Balance. You’ve heard of mom jeans? Well, these are dad shoes. But they’re back in a big way and their puffy little profile and soft suede accents look as fresh as ever. Hunt them down in custom colors by brands like J.Crew. Or, go for the classics like gray on gray, and wear them in a new way. We suggest mixing them with girly styles like dresses and designer bags. Shorter hemlines (well above the knee) will help you skirt the frump factor. A long, lean dress can work too—just make sure your waist is well defined.
There’s more! To see the complete list of our top throwback sneakers for spring, click here.