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If I had to choose just one type of shoe to wear for the rest of my life, I would—without a doubt—choose sneakers. It’s a no-brainer! They’re comfortable, cute, come in hundreds of styles and are available from just about every retailer that exists. And even if you’re not much of a sneaker-lover yourself, I guarantee the fall 2020 sneaker trends might just turn you into a sneakerhead once and for all. I’m serious! Unlike the days when sneakers were worn solely for sports, nowadays kicks are just as much about fashion as function, and these trendy sneakers are absolute autumn must-haves.
Whether you’re a die-hard chunky sneakers fan (same, though) or like your kicks a little more sleek and sporty, you’re going to fall head over heels (hehe) for these sneaker trends. Sure, fall booties are cute, but when you tire of them this fall, all these cute autumnal sneakers will be waiting for you. In fact, you might want to just skip the booties all together this fall—Yeah, I said it!—because these sneaks are here to kick things up a notch. For fall street style looks that will take over the ‘Gram, your go-to shoes should definitely be sneakers. Sorry, booties! Catch ya next year! 2020 is all about that perfect balance of comfort and style.
If you’re ready to check out all the latest and greatest fall 2020 sneaker trends, read on. Below, you’ll find each trend, plus ways to shop them all, from bright accents to eco-friendly fabrics to retro details. Consider making some space in your wardrobe, because these sneaker trends are high-key irresistible. Oh, and we totally won’t blame you if you decided to snag a pair from each trend category—you deserve options! Especially when they look this good.
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1. Bright On
While the summer 2020 sneaker trends included all-over bright sneakers, the fall 2020 sneaker trends are toning it down just a bit. Don’t fret, though! You’ll still see bright and fun colors on your sneakers this fall—they’ll just be a little bit subtler. Expect pops of color (sometimes one, and sometimes multiple) that allow your sneakers to stand out without taking over your whole ensemble.
If you’re not into neons, the Vans Ward Lo Sneaker is a colorful option that’s just as bold, but not quite as bright, thanks to pops of white and a white sole and laces to balance out the color.
These APL Phantom Sneakers in Rose Gold/Fusion Pink/White are mostly neutral, but the pop of bright pink gives them a 2020 twist. Pair with a minimalist, neutral fit and let the vibrant accent color make its statement.
2. Future Love
The fall 2020 sneaker trends are straight out of the time machine with some seriously cool futuristic shoes. Think Marty McFly from Back to the Future vibes with some 2020 flare. You’ll see both bright and colorful sneakers—along with some classic neutral hues. Whichever way you choose to rock this trend, you’ll look lightyears ahead of everyone else.
OK, how cool are these New Balance sneakers?! The heels look like just like wings—and suddenly I’m wishing that the 21st century included jet-powered shoes.
For all you folks who live in black during the fall and winter, allow me to introduce you to your new favorite pair of sneakers. These Reebok beauties will have you looking futuristic AF.
3. High Rise
Love your high-top Converse sneaks, but want something a little sportier this season? This fall 2020 sneaker trend has got you covered. The high rise sneaker trend for this upcoming season is all kinds of cool—and perfect for pairing with just about any fall ensemble (whether that’s jeans and lightweight turtlenecks or autumnal midi dresses). Both fashionable and functional, you’ll be living in these sporty high-tops all autumn.
These Puma Provoke XT Sneakers have a lot going for them. Not only do they fit with the bright color and futuristic trends, but they also have the sporty high-top vibe, too. Check, check and check.
Yes, the Nike Air Bella 2 Sneakers are trendy, but they’re also incredible training shoes, complete with a Max Air unit for extra support and comfort while you work out.
4. Retro Feels
We’ve already taken it to the future, so now let’s take things back to the 1970s. Vintage-inspired sneakers are such a cool look for fall 2020—and you’ll definitely see them everywhere. From the classic ’70s waves design to OG throwback styles, expect to find yourself throwing on a pair of these vintage kicks with all of your transitional fall outfits.
Classic with a twist—just how I like it. I can’t get enough of these cool Soludos rainbow waves sneakers for the upcoming season.
For purists and OG sneakerheads, you’ll love these Club C 85 sneakers from Reebok. That classic vintage vibe just can’t be beat.
5. Chunky Soles
If you thought that chunky sneakers were on their way out for fall 2020, think again. Chunky soles continue to reign, so if you haven’t hopped on board the trend yet, now is the time. Of course, you’ll be happy to know that these sneakers come in so many cute fall-ready iterations—from animal print to classic neutral hues. There’s no doubt you’ll be tempted to snag a few pairs for yourself.
Animal print sneakers work well for just about any season, but I find they’re particularly cute paired with fall colors like mustard and deep teal.
Not only are the Sorel Kinetic High-Top Sneakers the perfect combo of the high-top and chunky sole trends, these soles are particularly cool. They feature a wavy base and a dark-to-light ombre practically made for street style pics.
Fashion and sustainability are a match made in heaven—which is why environmentally-friendly sneakers are seriously on-trend for fall 2020. Available in all sorts of styles from plenty of different brands, there’s no excuse not to do some good for the planet when you shop for your autumnal wardrobe. Helping the environment never looked so stylish.
Made with recycled plastic bottles, organic cotton and wild rubber, Veja sneakers are majorly eco-friendly. Plus, they’re cute AF.
Made sustainably in Rio, Brazil, these Cariuma Canvas Sneakers are a casual fall ensemble must-have. And, for every pair of these adorable eco-friendly sneakers you buy, two trees are planted!