Sometimes, you just want a
cute pair of sneakers that won't break the bank. Depending on the activities you have planned for the day or your personal style, the best cheap sneakers unite comfort with affordability — which means you can buy a few pairs in different colors or take your chances on an out-there design (hello, glitter) that may just end up becoming your new favorite shoe. And all of the picks on this list cost less than $35, so you can wear the heck out of them without a shred of guilt.
I love stocking up on
cheap but comfy sneakers for days where I know I'll be walking around a lot and may get my shoes mucked up. In those situations, a shoe with a breathable mesh material that wicks away moisture and a durable rubber sole (with traction if there's hiking on my agenda) are great finds. On days when you're just kicking back and want a shoe to complement your outfit, casual canvas sneakers or slip-ons in funky colors and prints, are laidback and fun. Cheap shoes are also perfect for test-driving new trends — you'll find sneakers with serious chunky soles and sneaker mules on this list.
From classic white lace-up sneakers to slip-on shoes with bows, these are the best cheap sneakers for every style, budget, and outfit. You'll even find a cult favorite with more than 18,000 ratings.
1 These Chic White Sneakers That Are Endlessly Versatile
With their classic shape, faux-leather upper, and durable rubber sole, these
trendy white sneakers are a must-have for pretty much anyone. They're one of the more versatile shoes on the market and look just as great with a sundress or jeans as they do with a pantsuit. Just note, the brand (and reviewers) note that these sneakers run narrow, so order a size up if your feet are on the wider side. They come in 22 different colors and styles that include a more retro design and a platform sole. Helpful Review: "These shoes are great for the price. I got the white ones so I could have something that I could clean easily. I wore them walking all around San Francisco and Seattle. My feet were never sore and a lysol or baby wipe cleaned them up.” Available sizes: 6 — 9.5 Available colors: 22 2 These Trendy Chunky Platform Sneakers
Not 100% sure about the chunky sneaker trend? These
platform sneakers allow you to try it out for under $35. They're made from a vegan leather upper with a soft foam insert, and they have a major platform that measures a little over 2 inches so you can get some good height. But they're still super comfortable, thanks to decent arch support and 360-degree padding inside. Helpful Review: "I wear them at work for 10+ hour shifts where I walk, stand, and sit and they feel amazing on my feet and are very cushioned and comfy. Overall they're a very cute, cheap rendition of the trendy expensive sneakers. Plus they make you tall!” Available sizes: 5 — 11 Available colors: 3 3 A Cult-Favorite Pair Of Slip-On Sneakers In Fun Prints
Why not have some fun with your footwear? These
tie-dye sneakers add a funky punch to any outfit you wear them with. They're made from lightweight canvas with a rubber sole and have a similar design and shape to Keds, but come with a more affordable price tag. These aren't the shoes you'll pull out when you need a ton of arch support, but they're comfy for a day of easy walking — your feet will stay cozy and cute all day thanks to a towel-like terry lining. They boast more than 18,000 ratings and come in more than 30 colors and prints like tie-dye, stripes, and camo. Helpful Review: "Hands down, these are the most comfortable shoes I've had in a very long time. Nice and light weight, seem to be very well made. Easy to slip on and off, and they go with just about anything (colors are plenty to choose from). [...]I wear these shoes everywhere, even to work. After being on my feet for 10+ hours a day walking and sometimes running non stop, my feet feel much better in these shoes than they did in my name brand running/walking shoes. [...]" Available sizes: 5 — 11 Available colors: 32 4 These Classic Slip-On Sneakers In Neutral Hues
While you may want to snag these classic
slip-on sneakers in a fashionable neutral, they actually come in a rainbow of colors and prints like camouflage, leopard, and solid shades — some even have perforation for an added element of texture. The popular sneakers, which boast more than 8,000 ratings, have a padded collar and thick insoles to keep you comfortable all day, although some reviewers recommended sizing down. A thicker, chunkier sole gives you a bit of height and makes them super trendy, too. Helpful Review: "[...] I found the Soda shoes in a khaki color, in my size, and at a fair price, so I took a gamble and bought them.When I took them out of the box, I noticed the shoes had a squishy gel-type insert. I immediately put them on and these shoes are SO comfortable! I wore them out to the Churchill Downs racetrack that night (lots of walking) and my feet didn't hurt, nor did I even get a "rub mark" that I usually get with new shoes. My feet didn't sweat at all. I'm now a huge fan of this particular shoe and I plan on buying more in the future. [...]” Available sizes: 5.5 — 11 (regular and select narrow) Available colors: 54 5 An Affordable Alternative To Chuck Taylors
Chuck Taylor look-alikes allow you to get in on the canvas sneaker trend without dropping a ton of cash. They boast the same breathable canvas upper, low silhouette, and thick, sturdy vulcanized rubber soles as other vintage-inspired basketball sneakers, but since they cost just $20, you can even stock up on a few different colors. With more than 13,000 five-star ratings, they might be just as popular as the originals. Helpful Review: "These are very cute shoes and well made. They look like the “high end” shoes. I actually ordered them in several colors as you can’t go wrong for the price. [...]” Available sizes: 5 – 11 Available colors: 16 6 The Lightweight Sneakers You Can Wear All Day
Need an affordable shoe for standing on your feet all day? This
slip-on pair is not only comfortable but super lightweight, too, weigh less than a pound each. A breathable knit and mesh exterior also makes them the perfect versatile shoe, since they look as good with leggings as they do with jeans. They have a cushioned insole and bungee laces that adjust with one hand, plus a high-rebound outsole featuring pebbled traction. These well-reviewed sneakers boast more than 3,000 ratings. Helpful Review: "I love these slip on sneakers. I wore them all day today and I felt like I was walking on air. They weigh practically nothing and have a nice style because you get plenty of air through them. I did a ton of walking in them and my feet feel awesome.” Available sizes: 5 — 11 Available colors: 5 7 These Cute & Breathable Knit Mesh Ballet Sneakers
Lightweight and breathable, these mesh and knit
walking shoes are the perfect alternative to sandals when you want some extra padding underfoot. They have an extremely light phylon (EVA foam) sole that feels softer and more flexible than rubber, while absorbing shock. And their elevated sporty aesthetic is totally on-trend, making these clutch for casual wear. Helpful Review: “they are really comfortable and a great go to shoe feels as if your walking on clouds” Available sizes: 5.5 — 11 Available colors: 25 8 A Slip-On Pair With Floral Embroidery
Cute and comfortable, these
slip-on sneakers have an embroidered canvas upper with a darling floral brocade effect. The interior is thickly padded and lined with a soft knit fabric, and there’s a dedicated heel tab to help you slip them on. They have a vulcanized rubber platform sole and reviewers confirm they are lightweight, breathable, and super comfy. The shoe comes in several colors, including gray, pink, and black. Helpful Review: “Super cute , excellent quality and well made ..I love them .. I love wearing these type of shoes especially in the summer to do my errands or going to flea markets , they're great for casual looks ..I’m very impressed by the quality and how well they are made ,They look expensive but they’re not [...]” Available sizes: 5 — 11 Available colors: 6 9 This Well-Made Pair Of Canvas Sneakers
Want some '90s flair in your wardrobe? These
canvas sneakers, which are ringers for Keds, are the perfect casual sneaker that you'll wear everywhere. They have a supportive textured rubber outsole with a lace-up design. They look darling paired with a sundress, and super breezy when you wear them with jeans or shorts. Reviewers recommend hand washing them to keep them in great condition. Helpful Review: "I LOVE THESE SHOES. They look exactly like Keds but for half the price. They are extremely comfortable and go well with everything. I ordered a pair of black and a pair of light gray. I will probably order the white as well because I love them so much. I usually wear a size 7-7.5 and I ordered these in a size 7 and they fit great. They do stretch out a little over time so I wouldn't recommend ordering larger than your usual size.” Available sizes: 5 — 11 Available colors: 16 10 This Show-Stopping Pair Of Glitter Sneakers
For the ultimate pair of wallet-friendly statement sneakers, reach for this
glitter-covered pair. These cute shoes have a synthetic sole with a 1-inch platform for added height. They come in a dozen different styles, and most have at least a dash of sparkle to them — there are also metallic and quilted options at play. They boast more than 700 ratings, with many saying they don't offer a ton of support but they're super affordable and so much fun to wear . Helpful Review: "These shoes are stunning. Way prettier in person! Trust me. I got the black and omg the sparkle is gorgeous and colorful. Please note, as per the other reviews, these run large. [...] They are still wearing great! Slightly narrow and long, but my feet have molded pretty well.” Available sizes: 5.5 — 11 Available colors: 11 11 These Quick-Drying Sneakers With Traction For Hiking
Perfect for hiking, these
zero-drop trail sneakers will replace your chunky active boots. The shoes, which boast 4.4 stars from more than 10,000 ratings, are the next-best thing to barefoot. A stretchy and lightweight upper dries quickly if you hit the water, with traction bungee laces so they can slip on and off easily. Their sturdy waterproof rubber soles offer slip-proof traction on rocks or concrete without adding bulk to the anatomical design. Helpful Review: "You do not feel the ground. Excellent grip! I had crossed over many creeks knee deep with these. [...] These shoes are great in the water and dry quickly. And since then fit like a glove they don’t rub meaning I had 0 blisters or red marks in my feet as I usually do after a long hike. I also use these for trail running (only 3 to 4 miles) and they are super comfortable and free feeling.” Available sizes: 5.5 — 11 Available colors: 27
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This article was originally published on
Sep. 13, 2020