25 Cool Sneakers That’ll Take Your Kick Game to Another Level

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Sandals and heels and boots are my thing but I’m turning a new leaf this season and desiring more comfort that doesn’t sacrifice eye-catching aesthetics. The key to that is indeed cool sneakers. And don’t get it twisted—just bc I don’t necessarily wear the hottest kicks yet doesn’t mean I don’t know what’s in. Due to the fact that my sister is always raving about the latest drops and due to the nature of the job (hello, fashion market research), I’ve absorbed too much information and need to share it all somewhere. Hence, why we’re here! Good thing I received this assignment, huh?

Cool sneakers elevate any and every look, especially when they have unique colorways and outsoles (lots of that below)! So whether you want to go minimal, you want everyone to stop and stare, you want to find a pair to go with an oversized shirt and jeans, or you need the perf sneaks for your cute new matching set by the cutest gymwear brands—you’ll find your fave here. I personally see myself styling mine with a linen top, bomber jacketsunnies, and a long denim skirt. The editor-approved and tried-and-true celeb faves won’t let you down.

Our top picks for the best cool sneakers of 2024:

 

Women's Kinetic™ Impact II Lace Sneaker
this sorel bb

Sorel Women’s Kinetic™ Impact II Lace Sneaker

Now 40% Off

How about a reliable sneaker that comes in tons of colors and is v much into curves?

Rave Review: “Had my eye on these for a while. I ordered the ones with the tiger stripes around the bottom, I love them and they are super comfy. On a side note, they are the perfect height to wear with a cam boot if you happen to be accident prone, like me. All jokes aside, I love them and also purchased in black.”

550
this global fave

New Balance 550

Now 18% Off

This global fashion fave ft. suede and mesh details has been around since the late ’80s and still going strong.

Women's Acs Pro Low Top Sneakers
this salomon pair

Salomon Women’s Acs Pro Low Top Sneakers

A highly recommended pair. Everyone dope is wearing ’em.

Chuck Taylor® All Star® Lift High Top Platform Sneaker
these fun chucks

Converse Chuck Taylor® All Star® Lift High Top Platform Sneaker

Now 40% Off

Why go for the original Converse when you can get the ones with a lil platform and cute motifs all over?

Women's Air Jordan 1 Low SE Shoes
these air jordan 1’s

Jordan Women’s Air Jordan 1 Low SE Shoes

Now 14% Off

Personally, I’m in looove with these. Look at that color! Get a load of that shine!

C275 Tech Runner In Signature Canvas
this chic pair

Coach C275 Tech Runner In Signature Canvas

Count on Coach to serve us some really chic vibes.

Rave Review: “When I saw these at work I knew they’d be great for work and definitely my faves!! I have worn them a few times. Got them in size 7. I’m a regular size 8 and they fit perfect :)”

Originals Astir sneakers in multi
this pastel bb

adidas Originals Astir sneakers in multi

If Fruit Loops met up with Adidas, they’d make this fun and easy-to-style bb. People are obsessed with these sneakers—seriously. Hundreds are callin’ em the best sneakers they’ve ever worn.

Rave Review: “Excellent fit, perfect to pair up with any outfit. Very comfortable so I bought several in different colors. Took as advised in the description and comments, a size larger than usual!”

9060
this unisex wonder

New Balance 9060

An upgraded dad shoe? Yes, please! Def couldn’t make this list without this pair, btw.

this canvas pair

Cariuma Pantone Cacao Nibs Canvas

Pantone Cacao Nibs Canvas

Gift your toes-ees with somethin’ cozy. This pair is good for the planet and has a pretty lil earthy tone.

ORIGIN x REED
these vegan cuties

Loci ORIGIN x REED

It’s giving timeless and vegan! This one is inspired by the classic tennis silhouette. And we love tenniscore, don’t we?

Katya Quilted Metallic Slip-On Sneakers
these cool slip-ons

Aquatalia Katya Quilted Metallic Slip-On Sneakers

Don’t sleep on slip-ons! This metallic sheen will turn heads, for sure.

Ladybug Sneaker
these sophisticated sneaks

Tory Burch Ladybug Sneaker

It’s giving uptown shawty on a chill shopping spree.

Rave Review: “I don’t normally spend $300 on sneakers, but saw these and started salivating! Just gorgeous. Very happy with the purchase. These are also perf for walking.”

Women's Air Max Excee Sneaker
these reliable air maxes

Nike Women’s Air Max Excee Sneaker

Now 11% Off

This particular pair of Air Max has hundreds of positive reviews and is on sale!

Rave Review: “My favorite shoes ever! I struggle with arch support and these are perfect! Stylish and comfy.

Dolen Sneakers
this fashion-forward shoe

Dolce Vita Dolen Sneakers

I have the cream version of these Dolce Vita shoes and let me tell ya, this style is just *chef’s kiss*

Rave Review: “I don’t leave reviews often but had to for these sneakers ! Had been looking for months for the perfect sneaker to wear on vacation. These are perfect ! They look cute with dresses, shorts , and jeans and soooo incredibly comfortable!! Like walking on clouds. I just returned from a 10 day vacation in Europe and wore these daily and walked lots of miles. My feet and legs never hurt. Highly recommend!! (I did go up a half size.)”

Women's Nude Club C Cardi Sneakers
this street style contraption

Reebok Women’s Nude Club C Cardi Sneakers

Now 50% Off

Transformers, but make it Reebok. This leather and suede pair is a treat on the street style scene.

x JUNE AMBROSE Keeping Score Prevail Women's Sneakers
this june ambrose influence

PUMA x JUNE AMBROSE Keeping Score Prevail Women’s Sneakers

Now 35% Off

The color block queen, June Ambrose, has done it again—but this time via this ridiculously good Puma shoe.

CV 0.02 "Ice Cream" Mid
this glow-in-the-dark kicks

Sia Collective CV 0.02 “Ice Cream” Mid

Ballin’ up? Go with these. Plus, they glow in the dark!

Out Of Office Arrow Bicolor Sneakers
this bubbly pair

Off-White Out Of Office Arrow Bicolor Sneakers

Now 20% Off

Off-White successfully created a bulkier shoe that isn’t overwhelmingly clunky and totally cute.

Libby D'orsay Sneaker
a velcro

Freda Salvador Libby D’orsay Sneaker

If suede is your thing, you should totally say goodbye to shoe laces and go for these velcro bbs!

Retro Platform Velour Sporty Sneakers
this retro style

NeroGiardini Retro Platform Velour Sporty Sneakers

Remember those platform sneakers that used to make you feel like you were walking on clouds? This retro style with velour accents (!!) is takin’ us all the way back.

Nama Stitch Walking Sneakers
this patchwork vibe

Chloe Nama Stitch Walking Sneakers

If you’re into vibrant color and patchwork vibes, you’ll adore this Chloe pair.

Rave Review: “Sneakers are gorgeous and very, very comfortable. I got lots of compliments.”

Disruptor II Premium Sneakers
these old school sneaks

Fila Disruptor II Premium Sneakers

Ahh, good ol’ Fila. This kind would look so good with slacks and oversized blazer, don’t ya think?

Slide Mid-Top Glitter Pearly-Stud Sneakers
this glam shoe

Golden Goose Slide Mid-Top Glitter Pearly-Stud Sneakers

Glitter queens! Amp up the glam with sneaks that also have pearly studs and a contrasting, worn-in vintage-y vibe.

B-East Leather Fashion Sneakers
these worthy beauts

Balmain B-East Leather Fashion Sneakers

Now 20% Off

My jaw dropped when I spotted these beauts—no lie. The gold! The taupe! The tooth-like soles. It’s street-chic, it’s edgy, it’s love!

 

Why trust Cosmo:

 

 

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Cosmo’s fashion team—which includes Fashion Features Director Rachel Torgerson and Fashion Director Cassie Anderson, Fashion Editors: Tarah-Lynn Saint-Elien and Danielle Flum, and Senior Accessories Editor Andrea Zendejas—and have about 70 years (!!) of combined experience in the industry. They spot relevant trends on the runway before they even hit your TikTok FYP or Insta Explore Page and conduct research across retailers of all kinds—testing many brands IRL—to bring you the best clothing and accessory picks for every season. Basically, we scour the internet to bring you a curation of the chicest options like it’s our job (because it is, heh).

We have pretty high standards when it comes to clothing and accessory recommendations. Each of our shopping articles adheres to the 15 Percent Pledge and includes products for all sizes. And you better believe we read those product reviews (and test many of the brands IRL) so you don’t have to. You’re welcome!

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