13 best sneakers for women to wear in 2021
At Highsnobiety, we’re fans of the genderless versions of sneakers, so we don’t often write roundup sneakers for women. However, every time we do, we’re happy to say that there is an ever-growing selection of sneakers.
It’s no longer about spending hours scouring the internet for the few versions available below a UK size 7 that haven’t sold out yet. More and more brands have realized that inclusive sizing is a way to achieve a more level playing field for sneakerheads, regardless of gender. May this continue for a long time.
That being said, with warmer weather around the corner and the hope that we can spend most of the summer outside, now is the time to invest in a new pair of kicks and to walk around in the summer months in style.
To help you grow your rotation with some of the best sneakers for women right now, our market editor and cognoscente sneaker Rhianna matthews has assembled an unbeatable selection. From female-led collaborations to technical silhouettes and good old classics, there is no shortage of Rhianna’s curation. Enjoy.
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Gel-Kayano 27 By x Vivienne Westwood
“Vivienne Westwood is proving age is just a number by continuing to deliver some of ASICS ‘most elite collaborative designs. This pair is equipped with the Japanese sportswear brand’s original performance technology and enriched by Westwood’s history of DIY and deconstructed design. The pair features SPACE TRUSSTIC technology in the midsole to help with a smoother transition underfoot and is cosmetically enhanced with reflective accents and a touch of crisp detail. – Matthews.
Nike x Sacai VaporWaffle
“A much anticipated release. Nike and Sacai sat down and, once again, cooked up a future classic. The sneaker combines futuristic performance with heritage and features a dual stack sole, tongue and lacing system. Do not forget the typically tasty colors of sacai. – Matthews.
“If you prefer your luxury sneakers, Lanvin really does the job. The brand’s latest silhouette merges a 70s-style upper with a thicker, faded sole for a premium yet sporty feel. Similar to the sacai, on the back it looks more like a machine than a sneaker, which we love. – Matthews.
New Balance x Aimé Leon Dore
“Aimé Leon Dore x New Balance is an instant bucket. The 550 “Natural Green” easily makes our list of favorite women’s sneakers this year and if you’ve had the chance to get your hands on a pair, congratulations! The late ’80s basketball figure, although it has remained dormant since its initial release, has become one of the most sought-after pairs of recent times. The colors, the vintage treatment – Teddy Santis looks too good with it! – Matthews.
Nike Dunk Low Medium Curry
“Probably the best recent general version of Nike Dunk. Merging Sail, Fossil and Medium Curry and constructed with an all-suede upper, this high-end pair is a cult favorite in the sneaker scene. Kind of like a creamy coffee dessert – expensive too. – Matthews.
Highsnobiety x ZX8000 Qualitat
“The latest Highsnobiety masterpiece. This clean and luxurious pair uses some of adidas’ most elite materials and has been designed by our team for an ultra-cushioned walk (we’ve hidden a bit of Boost in the midsole). High craftsmanship has gone into every detail of this pair which marks another incredible milestone. – Matthews.
Marni Leather Light
“Marni really succeeded with this pair. The polished leather and the white and beige color block perfectly complement the silhouette. And the square end looks wild! Premium and fun at the same time. – Matthews.
LIKE BOYS LIKE BOYS x Spalwart Hybrid Low
COMME des GARCONS x Spalwart
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“Alongside Vivienne Westwood, Rei Kawakubo wins the crown for being one of the best and longest standing designers of our time. COMME des GARÇONS is a must-have for shoe collaborations. From Nike to Dr. Martens and even a recent Salomon collaboration, Kawakubo always seems to know what the consumer wants. The latest collaboration sees Spalwat combine its rich shoe-making heritage with the signature COMME des GARÇONS aesthetic for a high-end, classic sneaker. – Matthews.
Salomon S / Lab XT-4 Advanced
“Founded in the heart of the French Alps, Salomon is probably the biggest player in outdoor sports equipment today, but its S / Lab silhouette is entering our list as a beautiful lifestyle sneaker. Thanks to its durability and impressive grip, the XT-4 is ready to tackle any terrain, while maintaining its lightweight shape so it can be worn all year round. – Matthews.
New Balance 990v2
“Apart from the strange releases of Kith or Aimé Leon Dore, we were deprived of strong collaborations in 990v2, which is why I turned to this general version in a classic black, white and silver color. It’s a very nice pick-up. Simple, classic and overall excellent know-how. – Matthews.
Vein Sheer NY taffeta-covered sneakers
“Koki Enomoto launched VEIN during SS20 at Paris Fashion Week and has since caught the attention of many industry insiders. The brand’s designs are based on structural expressionism and its skin-covered sneaker embodies exactly that. A great pair to add to your collection. – Matthews.
Maison Margiela x Reebok
“Who doesn’t love a high classic? Maison Margiela sprinkles its ambiance on one of Reebok’s most iconic silhouettes. The pair features a trompe-l’oeil design created from a scanned image of the brand’s original Club C shoe. – Matthews.
Cactus x Nike Dunk Plant Flea Market
“This list would not be complete without throwing in an absolute grail. Cynthia Lu has not only taken a prominent place in the industry over the past couple of years, but has done it all while remaining almost completely anonymous. Genius. This pair speaks for itself! – Matthews.
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