When you really break it down, there are only two types of sneakers in this world. There are the trendy sneakers like “those Balenciagas, the ones that look like socks,” a style that even Cardi B declares her like for in her Billboard topping song, “I Like It.” These on-trend sneakers usually have a quick rise to fame, and often their fall from grace is just as quick. The other type of sneaker is the tried-and-true classic that will never go out of style. These are the sneakers that you can wear into the ground without ever worrying whether or not they are “over.”
To be clear, one category of sneaker is not necessarily better than the other. Sometimes, an of-the-moment sneaker pulls on your heartstrings even if the trend is ephemeral. That being said, a tried-and-true classic delivers the same cool factor and has longevity, too (not to mention classic sneaks are almost always a fraction of the price of their designer counterparts).
So, to help you navigate your way through the sneaker world, here's a list of classic styles that have stood the test of time. While a trendy Balenciaga sneaker is still an excellent item to have in your closet, the below styles will surely maintain their cool no matter how the trends ebb and flow.