10 Sneakers To Add To Your Closet In 2020

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2019 was a whirlwind of a year in the world of sneakers where we saw new trends start and old trends return. We saw high-end brands continuing to join the sneaker world and we saw standard brands make premium iterations of its silhouettes, both sides showing that they can play at each other’s playing field. We also saw countless brand collaborations come to life, some which made so much sense, some of which made none. For 2020, we’re here to help you narrow down what you think you need in your wardrobe, whether it’s some eye-catching pairs with vibrant colours and textures, or it’s a few under-the-radar staples that will last you the entire year.

Here are 10 sneakers to add to your closet this coming year!

Mens:

Air Jordan 1
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Air Jordan 1

The Air Jordan 1 will make the list every single year. It’s a timeless silhouette with a variety of different cuts available to suit your needs. Whether you want a low, a mid or a high, the Air Jordan 1 has you covered in numerous colourways. Within the sneaker community in recent years, it was an “OG or nothing” mentality but we’ve all come to realize that the Air Jordan 1 is good however you like it. So go ahead and grab a pair.

$150 at Foot Locker
Fear of God 101
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Fear of God 101

When it comes to basics, no one does it better than Fear of God. With high quality materials and simple construction that makes a lot of pieces come together easily, it’s no wonder why the brand has such a loyal following. It’s not just apparel they’re good at, if you take a look at the Fear of God 101, you’ll see a pair of sneakers that draws inspiration from the classic Vans Era silhouette with elements of Louis Vuitton’s Mr. Hudson silhouette sprinkled throughout as well.

$679+ at Nordstrom
Reebok Question
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Reebok Question

With the continuing rise in the popularity of vintage apparel and accessories, having a clean retro basketball silhouette in your closet is a no question. The Reebok Question is a pair that perfectly fits the bill and the “Double Cross” colourway is sure to catch people’s attention with its classic silhouette reminiscent of Allen Iverson’s rookie year and also its different coloured toe box.

$200 at Reebok
Under Armour Curry 7
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Under Armour Curry 7

Under Armour has been pushed aside for so long by the big players in the performance basketball sneaker realm but when they launched Steph Curry’s signature collection, everything changed. The Curry line has steadily been improving throughout the years and with the recent launch of the Curry 7‘s, look no further if you need a clean pair of basketball shoes (that you can wear on-court or off-court) to add to your collection that won’t break the bank.

$159 at Sport Chek
Nike x Sacai LDWaffle
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Nike x Sacai LDWaffle

In case you missed it, the Nike x Sacai LD Waffle was arguably the top sneaker release of 2019 with its bright colourways and creatively put together silhouette. Sacai’s Chitose Abe fused together the Waffle Daybreak and LDV to form the LD Waffle and it was an instant hit. In early 2020, there are a few colourways expected to release and if you are able to get your hands on these, grab them and wear them proudly.

$1,021 at Farfetch

Womens:

New Balance 990 V5
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New Balance 990 V5

A silhouette that took over the fashion world in 2019 and grabbed the hearts of people all over the world, the New Balance 990 V5. The brand’s tagline for the sneaker says it all “Worn by supermodels in London and dads in Ohio.” It’s that slightly chunky all grey sneaker that you’ve seen on your favourite Instagram fashion model as well as the random dad from around the corner. One of the most versatile sneakers of 2019 should be a staple in your rotation for 2020.

$229 at New Balance
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70
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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70

When Converse revamped the timeless Chuck Taylor model with the All Star 70 model, it quietly went under the radar. The All Star 70 was the go-to Converse silhouette for fashion heads with its heavier canvas upper, the vintage finish on the midsole and the OG license plate on the heel. Whether you want a low-top or high-top, Converse has you covered so you can add a classic design to your closet for 2020 or go for one of the many limited collaborations.

$85 at Converse
Common Project Achilles Low
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Common Project Achilles Low

These sneakers have been in the rotation for plenty of fashion fanatics throughout the years for its high-quality and simple aesthetics. What many people may not know is that this timeless silhouette is available for women through its women’s line, Woman by Common Projects. Whether you want to dress up or dress down with these, the Achilles Low is a great addition to any wardrobe.

$685 at SSENSE
adidas by Stella McCartney
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adidas by Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney and adidas started their collaborative projects in 2005 but in recent years, we’ve seen some very interesting models come out. Whether it’s a vegan iteration of the timeless adidas Stan Smith or the AlphaEdge 4D with a 3D printed sole and a branded sockliner attached to the upper, Stella McCartney and adidas are truly pushing the envelope. You can find both of the previously mentioned sneakers at Saks 5th Avenue and at select retailers.

$425 at Saks Fifth Avenue
Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low
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Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low

Whether you like it or not, the trend of platform sneakers is back. There are notable high-end brands such as Prada and Versace with their own iterations but the silhouettes that are most often seen on feet are from Converse and Nike that have incorporated the chunky platform soles to their iconic silhouettes in the Chuck Taylor and the Air Force 1. The Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low is a great option to add to your rotation if you’re looking for a slight boost to your wardrobe.

$137 at Nordstrom

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