Well, I can honestly say I didn’t see this one coming. Fashion has had a fixation on “ugly” sneakers—and “ugly” shoes in general—for quite some time now, so I thought I’d seen it all when it comes to unusual footwear. It turns out I was wrong because there’s officially a new sneaker trend in town, and it’s… unexpected. The trend in question? Performance sneakers. To be more specific, these are pairs made for hiking and trail-running and those that generally have a tech element to them for outdoorsy activities. Call it part of the “gorpcore” aesthetic, but fashion is finally embracing the ultra-practical, and surprisingly, I’m here for it.
Like with many emerging trends, Bella Hadid is a big champion of this one. In fact, she’s worn her pair of Salomon XT-6 sneakers so frequently that the style is continually sold out in multiple colors, but she’s not the only celeb backing the look. Hailey Bieber has been wearing Balenciaga’s chunky runners with her coolest oversize ‘fits, and even platform-wearing Dua Lipa can be caught trading in her heels for a pair.
Whether you get your hands on the buzzy Salomons or the designer-label runners matters not when OG runners from brands such as Asics and Hoka are just as relevant and much more wallet friendly. Continue on to shop all the coolest performance sneakers defining the trend and glean some styling inspo along the way.