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Style / January 2020
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor

The Ultimate Statement Sneaker Trends To Try Now

Fashion’s favorite footwear is pushing a distinctly notice-me vibe this season. From bright colors to metallic accents and retro shapes to chunky silhouettes, the latest crop of sneakers is coming in hot.

If you’re a sneakerhead, this is your moment: Your favorite kicks are about the hottest thing happening in fashion since the ’80s met acid-washed jeans. Once relegated to a sartorial after-thought, daily trainers are taking bold new style strides straight out of the gym and into the club, the restaurant and even the office. From the rapid ascent of the “dad sneaker” to statement high tops going mainstream, these shoe trends will have you dressing from the feet up. And even if you’ve never opted for them outside of the gym, now is the time to try. For starters, check out four ways to do this trend right. 

Go Retro 

The ’80s marked the start of sneakers as statement pieces. Nothing represents the decade better than clashing colors and prints, and the look is back in a big way in the footwear world this season. Classic icons, such as the Club C and Revenge, get a modern makeover, while new It pieces are putting plenty of pop into your outfit. Riff off the retro vibes and pair your shoes with leggings and a court-inspired rugby shirt and argyle sweater. Or take the trend to next level by pairing sporty footwear with a silk slip dress topped with a structured blazer. 

Choose Chunky Silhouettes

Fashion loves to elevate the unexpected, and few trends have garnered more surprise than the “dad sneaker,” which emerged as a huge style last year. Championed by fashion houses in super-statement iterations, this chunky-soled star is reinvigorated for the new season in a mesmerizing mix of colors, overlays and textures, all with that unmistakably extroverted, striking silhouette. Characterized by grooved and often cut-out, high-grip soles, these sneaks are big on technical details, including straps and air pumps. As deftly demonstrated by Pyer Moss, Instapump Fury and Zig Kinetica, if you’re looking for major impact, these are the shoes you want: big on color and even bigger on blown-out proportions. 

Try High Tops

Reenergized for a new season, this edgy, street-meets-court look can be as elevated or casual as you like, thanks to a varied lineup of options. Classic basketball styles offer a nostalgic nod while funky sock sneakers feel totally modern with their built-in sock uppers. The main thing to keep in mind is that high tops are designed to be noticed. Style yours with clothes that keep the tops exposed, like a midi skirt, printed shirtdress, or cropped jeans. 

Make It Metallic

The ultimate antidote to basic white, sparkling accents turn everyday trainers into an elevated evening option. Metallic-embellished sneakers make the perfect transitional shoe, taking you from workout to night out. Pair yours with a pleated skirt, a low-key top, and shining accessories.
Get ready to embrace this season’s over-the-top sneaker trend with these artfully loud and impossibly irresistible kicks from Reebok

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Style / January 2020
Tara Gardner, Reebok Contributor