The best sneakers, according to celebrities

They may spend many of their working hours in high heels — but when celebrities aren’t on a red carpet, they typically prefer to slip into something more comfortable: sneakers.

Frequently spotted in off-duty Instagram snaps and paparazzi photos alike, stylish sneaks work for everything from coffee runs to daytime dates, and pair perfectly with denim, dresses and most looks in between.

But not all casual kicks are created equal. And while stars certainly love their Nikes and Adidas like the rest of us, a few lesser-known labels have managed to make a name for themselves in the game as well.

Below, shop nine classic sneaker styles celebs like Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Kate Middleton can’t stop wearing.

Nike Air Force 1

Hailey Baldwin, Emily Ratajkowski and Kendall Jenner wearing Nike Air Force 1 sneakers.GC Images

So iconic that Nelly once dedicated a whole song to the shoe, this style was introduced in 1982 — and to paraphrase the rapper, stars are still stompin’ in their Air Force 1s over three decades later. Available in high-, mid- and low-top versions, it’s most often spotted in classic white.

Nike Air Force 1 Sneaker ($90)

Nike Air Force 1 Pixel SE Sneaker ($110)

Nike Air Force 1 Sage Low Platform Sneaker ($100)

Adidas Stan Smith

Charlize Theron, Rita Ora and Sienna Miller wearing Adidas Stan Smith sneakers.GC Images; Splash News

First launched in 1965 and later renamed after the legendary tennis pro in 1978, this on-court staple is beloved for its sleek, minimalist silhouette. While the green-trimmed version is most popular, there are a wide range of accent colors to choose from — and if you’re willing to splurge, designers including Stella McCartney and Raf Simons have put their own spin on the Stan Smith in recent years.

Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker ($85)

Adidas Stan Smith Sneaker ($85)

Stella McCartney x Adidas Stan Smith Vegan Sneaker ($325)


Halsey, Beyoncé and Vice President Kamala Harris wearing Converse sneakers.Instagram; Splash News; Getty Images

Nothing screams “classic” quite like Converse. The design of the Chuck Taylor All-Star, with its white rubber toe cap and stitched canvas upper, hasn’t changed much since its introduction roughly a century ago, although the shoe is now available in pretty much every color and print imaginable. No wonder pop stars and vice presidents alike still love their Chucks.

Converse White Chuck 70 High Sneakers ($75)

Converse Green Chuck 70 OX Sneakers ($80)

Comme des Garçons Play x Converse Black Half Heart Chuck 70 Low Sneakers ($150)


Karlie Kloss, Kate Middleton and Dakota Fanning wearing Superga sneakers.GC Images; WireImage; Splash News

As affordable as they are chic, these easy canvas sneaks hail from Italy, but gained major visibility stateside when Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen became the brand’s creative directors in 2011. Like many of the other styles featured here, they’re most often seen in wear-with-everything white, but are available in numerous colors as well as stacked platform versions for a boost of height.

Superga 2750 COTW Sneaker ($65)

Superga 2750 COTSTUDS1W Sneaker ($109)

Superga 2790 Platform Sneaker ($80)


Katie Holmes, Meghan Markle and Reese Witherspoon wearing Veja sneakers.Splash News; Getty Images; GC Images

Thank the Duchess of Sussex for making these eco-friendly, Brazil-made sneakers a smash hit. They’re produced from fair trade materials including organic cotton, Amazonian rubber and recycled plastic bottles, and can be instantly identified by the “V” logo stitched onto the side of every pair. Stylish and sustainable!

Veja V-10 Lace Up Sneakers ($150)

Veja Esplar Low Sneakers ($120)

Veja V-12 Sneakers ($150)

Golden Goose

Ana de Armas, Megan Fox and Taylor Swift wearing Golden Goose sneakers.Backgrid; Splash News; GC Images

Unquestionably the priciest kicks on this list, Golden Goose’s designed-to-look-distressed sneakers will set you back around $500 per pair. But for many celebs, the comfort and cool factor of these star-embellished styles make them worth the cost. Unconvinced? Consider these dupes instead.

Golden Goose White & Black Superstar Sneakers ($530)

Golden Goose Pink & Silver Slide Sneakers ($560)

Golden Goose White & Gold Superstar Sneakers ($445)


Dakota Johnson, Gwen Stefani and Zendaya wearing Vans sneakers.Backgrid; Splash News

For stars with rocker- or skater-influenced personal styles, nothing tops this California brand’s cool slip-ons and lace-ups. Just look for that signature checkerboard print and curved side stripe.

Vans Classic Sneaker ($54.95)

Vans Sk8-Hi Sneaker ($69.95)

Vans Old Skool Platform Sneaker ($64.95)

Common Projects

Martha Hunt, Miranda Kerr and Alessandra Ambrosio wearing Common Projects sneakers.GC Images; Instagram

Easily spotted by the line of golden numbers along the heel of each shoe indicating its style, size and color, these sleek and chic sneakers are particular popular amongst off-duty supermodels and fashion-industry insiders.

Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Low-Top Sneakers ($425)

Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Low-Top Sneakers ($435)

Common Projects Tournament Leather High-Top Sneakers ($423)

Nike Air Jordan 1

Rihanna, Kylie Jenner and Bella Hadid wearing Nike Air Jordan sneakers.Backgrid; Instagram; GC Images

You’ll often see stars rocking versions of these swoosh-sided sneakers designed by the likes of Travis Scott and Off-White’s Virgil Abloh. But while those special-edition styles will easily set you back four figures (assuming you can find a pair in your size, that is), you can scoop up a standard-issue pair of Jordans for under $200.

Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid Sneakers (from $165)

Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG (from $230)

Nike Air Jordan 1 Mid Sneakers (from $190)

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