11 Chic Sneakers For Women To Shop In 2020

From classic low-tops to chunky vintage shapes, there’s a sneaker here for everyone
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If you value comfort above all else, we have good news: the sneaker trend isn’t going anywhere this year. The trending look for sneakers for women in 2020? Think retro-inspired shapes in saturated hues from storied footwear brands, like Nike’s ultra-bright Air Max 200. However, there's something for all aesthetics — if pastels are more your MO, try New Balance’s collaboration with sustainable retailer Reformation, or for a more subtle take on the trend, consider Adidas' ZX Torsion sneakers in shades of navy and grey. No matter your style, it's incredibly clear that sneakers for women have moved far beyond their athletic origins and remain a foolproof style choice for this year and beyond.

For those wanting a look that leans more chic than street, stick with classic low-tops that can take you from errands to the office faster than you can say “new year, new me”. If you are feeling a bit bold, why not add a pop of leopard with Saint Laurent’s Court Classic sneakers? Animal print is a neutral, after all. Check out these 11 chic sneakers for women to add to your cart this decade and enter 2020 in both style and comfort.

Reformation x New Balance

While there’s no shortage of styles when it comes to sneakers for women in 2020, this pair from New Balance ranks high on the list. A collaboration with sustainable retailer Reformation, this sneaker is made with plenty of eco-friendly materials, like post-consumer recycled polyester and chrome-free suede.

New Balance X Reformation X90 Sneakers, Reformation


This bold update on Vans’ classic skater style adds a Southern California flair to your simplest jeans-and-a-tee looks. The suede upper and extra-thick gum sole gives these low tops an elevated look that fans of the Vans Old Skool are sure to appreciate.

Vans Bold Ni Sneakers, Goop

Nike Air Max 200

Who says comfort has to be boring? Add a little pep in your step with this colourful iteration of the Nike Air Max 200. The punchy colourway pairs surprisingly well with everything in your wardrobe, from leggings to jeans to your favourite silk midi skirt.

Nike Air Max 200, Foot Locker


Chucks are universally beloved for a reason, and even die-hard fans of Converse’s classic style can appreciate this retro-inspired update. Though the Chuck 70 is based on the brand’s 1970s design, the result is incredibly modern. While the style comes in every shade under the sun, we love the classic black version.

Converse Chuck 70, Converse


Calling all Gucci fans: these sneakers are for you. Inspired by vintage sportswear, the chunky rubber sole adds height while old-school interlocking G and heart prints make these sneakers anything but boring. Show them off by pairing with cropped trousers.  

Gucci Rhyton Sneaker, Gucci

Saint Laurent

Leopard print is everywhere, even on your feet. These sneakers from Saint Laurent ooze the French sensibility with a rock-and-roll flair we’ve come to expect from the legendary fashion house, and are a perfect introduction to patterned footwear. 

Saint Laurent Court Classic SL/06 Embroidered Sneakers, Saint Laurent


Everyone needs a pair of all-white sneakers, and the VEJA V-10s tick all the boxes. Rendered in a silhouette that will never go out of style, this wear-everywhere pair is also made from fair-trade materials. Bonus: they look even better all beat up. 

VEJA V-10, Shopbop

Adidas ZX Torsion

The '80s are back, baby, and while there’s no need to run out for a leotard and leg warmers just yet, adding these mesh and suede kicks to your morning workouts might be all you need to get yourself into the groove. 

Adidas ZX Torsion Shoes, Adidas

MM6 Maison Margiela

Known for its eccentric aesthetics, MM6 takes inspiration from its sister line Maison Margiela with these chunky high-top sneakers. The subtle tan shade and bold design lend a streetwear feel to everything from pinstriped trousers to workout leggings.

MM6 Maison Margiela Panelled Hi-Top Sneakers, Farfetch


Nike Air Max 1

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Released in 1987, Nike’s Air Max 1 was the first sneaker with a window exposing the Air cushioning. The style is just as wearable today, and this pair in leather and suede features modern pops of blue and orange.

Nike Air Max 1, GOAT


Crafted from supple calfskin, this minimal pair from PS821 will easily become one of your everyday staples. The brand also donates a portion of the purchase price to a charity of your choice, so it’s a buy you can feel good about.

PS821 Alpha Black, PS821

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