Old-school sneakers have been seen on fashion runways and this growing trend is exploding in the running world, and the movement’s pace isn’t set to slow anytime soon. Popular brands continue re-releasing old favorites and designing new ones for the coming seasons, and we’re seeing sneakers on the feet of people everywhere.
We checked out a few of the latest styles and handpicked a few of our favorites for casual wear. Whether you like ’em bright or prefer to blend in, there’s a stylish sneaker for you!
Confession: I’m obsessed with these shoes. Originally released in 1976, the Vanguard has been retooled as a fashion-forward style with rich textures and bold colors. One of the best running shoes of its time when first released, this new model is made solely for style—so don’t try to race your next half in it! The pigskin upper and clean design lines make this a worthy pair for the price. They wear best with loose-fitting workout pants or denim of all kinds. Though Brooks is releasing other models in this Heritage collection, the Vanguard is considered the “signature style” and best embodies the brand. Now just try to resist buying one in every color! $85 brooksrunning.com
The tropical-inspired Island 574 is bright, beautiful and reminds me of Hawaii whenever I look at my feet. The colorful palette is not made for blending in, and I love fun touches like the palm-print lining accent. The 574 is made of durable ripstop fabric and fits a custom insole (if you need arch support like me) making them great to walk in all day. The only downside to these beauties is that the round laces loosen frequently, so double-knot to keep them secure. I sized a full size down from my normal New Balance running size to fit these for casual use. $75 newbalance.com
More of a Keds-like style than a sporty sneaker, the Maderas is eco-consciously designed from start to finish. Their vulcanized process for adhering the canvas to the sole makes using damaging adhesives unnecessary. Breathable cotton canvas uppers and non-marking soles make this a go-anywhere pair. Once available in a host of colors, you’ll now find just navy and white on Keen’s site. $60 keenfootwear.com
Throwing it all the way back to the ’70s, the 420s are technically a unisex shoe, so anyone could wear them. Built with suede uppers paired with lightweight material, they’re updated with modern colors to give this lifestyle classic a fresh appeal. Neutral-colored options available if brights don’t speak to you. $65 newbalance.com
The well-loved Chariot was first released in 1982 and went on to become on of the decade’s most popular running shoes. This model features many of the innovative features that once made it such a hit: diagonal rollbar for pronation control, molded tri-layer insole for cushioning, and a rubber outsole for grip. The price is a little steep, but the high-quality construction means you’ll be wearing them for years to come (especially since you’re not logging miles on them like your running pairs). Size down a half size from your Brooks running size for an optimal fit. $90 brooksrunning.com
More opulent and office-friendly than the other pairs featured here, this full-grain leather style are versatile enough to be worn every day–and comfortable enough too. The memory foam footbeds cushion your feet for long-wearing comfort. Also available in basic black. $90 keenfootwear.com