Nostalgia Is In: The 23 Best Retro-Inspired Sneakers to Shop Right Now

It’s no secret that the old-school aesthetic has become increasingly popular on the sneaker scene. Designers have released “modern” selections in recent years, but the vintage designs tend to be the overwhelming pick. Even on the shopping pages of retailers like Net-a-Porter and Nordstrom, the majority of sneakers on the market are retro inspired. Old is gold, remember? 

Brands like New Balance are taking the lead currently with their ability to mix old and new by collaborating with trend-forward brands such as Staud and Aimé Leon Dore. The athletic brand was already doing well on its own by rereleasing its classic silhouettes, but its recent collabs only added to the strength. The rest of the sneaker market is quickly following suit, with partnerships such as Khaite x Adidas coming to fruition. Even if you aren’t able to get your hands on the sneakers that everyone has, you’ll be pleased by the list below. I did the research to find you the best retro kicks available right now—just keep scrolling.

A fan-favorite collab.

Is it weird that I’ve never been a huge fan of crispy-clean white sneakers? This vintage-inspired pair is exactly what I look for in a pair of shoes.

You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of Converse. They’ve been in style for years and will continue to be.

Colorful and cute.

Talk about a statement piece. 

Nothing says “retro” more than checkerboard, especially on a pair of Vans.

I was ecstatic when Nike brought these back from the ’70s with a modern update.

Crafted with suede and 100% post-consumer plastic bottles.

Bring the touch of old-school basketball to your look.

You can also opt for the low-top platform style. 

A girl can dream, right?

This one features Pantone’s color of the year, if that suits your fancy.

My jaw actually dropped when I saw this pair.

Who thought Velcro sneakers could be elevated?

Funky fresh.

These are almost always sold out, so act quick.

This neutral pair will get so much wear.

Clean and classic.

Worn by dads and supermodels. 

If these are available in your size, please purchase so I can live vicariously through you.

That touch of kelly green is very on-trend.

If colorful sneakers are your vibe.

These would look great with relaxed jeans and an oversize white button-down.

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