8 of the Best Sneakers

By Sophia McMeekin
28th May 2015

Sneakers are having a real moment. They’ve raced off the running track and into the wardrobes of every style savant you care to mention. Cara, Gigi, Palermo: all doing it. And that means you can too!

Whether you’re chasing a pared-back pair or look-at-my-feet kicks that steal the limelight (we call them attention sneakers), there’s a pair to see you through any style situation. Hi-Tops, trainers, fringed or embellished, click the links in the images below to find your perfect pair.

#1 The Weekenders You Can Knock-About In 

Stripes, black leather and a hint of colour, and affordable too, we’d wear them with skinny jeans, a takeaway cup of jo, and a hangover. 

Vans Old S8 Hi Stripes at Bassike and online, $129.95

#2 The Preppy Cool Pair You’ll Wear Forever

These sporty sneakers go with everything, are as appropriate on the tennis court as with your denim cut-offs, and have the prepster stamp of approval, which is—let’s be honest—hard earned. Kudos.

Lacoste Showcourt Sneakers at Viktoria + Woods and online, $140

#3 The High Tops You Can Wear To The Office

Embossed snakeskin, studded toe detailing, and zip closure make these don’t-mess-with-me sneakers perfect for pairing with a pair of skinnies and an I’m-the-boss blazer.

Thakoon Addition Elga High Top Sneakers at Grace and online, $532

#4 The Sneakers For The Total Sneaker Snob

Luxe Italian label, Golden Goose, turn out a high-end sneaker that turns heads. This bright and spunky pair are the runners you’ll never run in. 

Gold Goose Deluxe Brand ‘Running’ Sneakers at camargue (phone to order or drop in if you're in Brisbane!), $530

#5 The Sports Luxe Sneaks   

These chunky platforms are borrowed from the boys, with patent leather, a monochrome palette, and removable square emoticon lace accessory, ‘cause why not.

Acne Studios Ariana Patent Sneakers at Green With Envy and online, $540

#6 The Attention Seeker Sneakers

You’ll be turning heads in these mega luxe polka dot sneeks while purring, ‘What, these old things?’. 

Giuseppe Zanotti Polka Dot Sneakers With Double Bar at Miss Louise and online, POA

#7 The Ideal Kicks For Shorties

These low cut sneaks will lengthen your pins while retaining a jaunty nautical feel, ideal for yacht sailing and Sunday brunching.

Zespa Navy Perforated Trainers at The Standard Store and online, $395

#8 The Easiest Way To Nail The 70’s Trend

Flares giving you nightmares? These YSL beauties are the quickest hippie luxe wardrobe update around. Wear them sans bra with your best Kate Hudson impression. Groovy.

Saint Laurent Signature Court Classic Fringed High Top Sneakers in Hazelnut Suede at YSL and online, POA

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