16 Cool Sneakers From New York Fashion Week To Inspire Your Spring Shoe Collection

Sneakers have been a part of street style, particularly in New York City, long before they ever hit the runways or landed on the trends radar. But when they did, kicks fans celebrated as the high-fashion options and celebrity and artist collaborations were suddenly everywhere.

Sure, not everyone jumped on board with the dresses-and-sneakers trend right away, but now it's pretty much commonplace — and the kicks just keep getting cooler every season. Of course, there's no better place to get a glimpse of upcoming street wear trends than outside Fashion Week. Here, a bunch of sneakerhead-worthy photos I shot at NYFW, plus where to buy the looks.

Images: Mich Cardin

Mixed Patterns

Sneakers with a platform heel are a cult-tribute to everything ’90s.

Similar: Opening Ceremony Slip On Platform Sneaker, $195, openingceremony.com

High Fashion

If they’re black and top designer, they might as well be dress shoes. Pair them with leather pants or black skinny jeans and a blazer and you can wear them almost anywhere.

Similar: Prada Nylon Zip-Side Sneaker, $690, neimanmarcus.com

Less is More

Funny how the kicks we wore to camp as a kid return to us as adults… and even make the runways. Camp clothing? Not so much.

Superga Classic Canvas Sneakers, $65, b loomingdales .com


Gold and silver made a huge comeback in shoes and handbags a few years ago — then never left. These are for the modern woman who’s open to mixing kicks with a dress.

Zara Gold Sneakers with Velcro, $22.99, zara.com

The Original Sneakerheads

For the bold city kid who’s a walking encyclopedia of kicks.

Similar: Air Jordan 1 Ret High NYC, $300, flightclub.com

Timberland Premium Waterproof Boots, $190, timberland.com (& a paintbrush)


This woman had the pack of street style photographers chasing her around. It’s tough being a fashion diva.

Similar: Nike Flex Run Sneakers, $59.99, ladyfootlocker.com


For every season, every outfit, most sports and occasions and, oh, fashion week. Just get three pairs.

Similar: Adidas Stan Smith Shoes, $75, adidas.com

Top Designer

The cocktail dress of kicks.

Similar: Christian Louboutin Velour High Tops, $2795, saks.com


New Balance has stepped up their shoe game the last few years with many sneakerhead worthy styles and collaborations.

Similar: New Balance 696 Running Shoes, $79.99, sneakerhead.com

Cool Kids

You can never go wrong with prints and animations on canvas or leather. All personality.

Comme des Garcons Chuck Taylor High Sneakers, $110, Barneys.com

The Risk Taker

The ’70s-, ’90s-, and rave in a Brooklyn warehouse-approved

Similar: YRU Karazii Mesh Platforms, $100, y-r-u-.com

The Creative

If you’re an artist, musician, or writer (hi) why not turn your kicks into your canvas?

Similar: EYTYS Odyssey Canvas High Top Sneakers, $230, openingceremony.com

The List Maker

The low top statement sneaker that’s edgy and classic.

Similar: Rene Caovilla Strass Lace Sneaker, $1,280, bergdorfgoodman.com

The Modern Sneakerhead

Brights and metallic mixed with a throwback, trendy-again style? On point.

Nike Air Max 1, $110, rimenyc.com

Miss International

Perfect for world travelers, working women, and Kate Moss.

Similar: Ash Jam Leopard Haircalf Slip On Sneakers, $123, shopbop.com

Miss NYC

For when you need kicks that’ll up your street cred.

Similar: Adidas MCN Americana 84lab, $160 cncpts.com