Sweet Kicks

10 Sneakers You'll Want to Lace Up Right Now

Prioritize comfort without sacrificing style.

By Jenni Moore

The products listed here were independently selected by a member of the editorial staff. Should you choose to purchase a product through a link on this page, we may receive an affiliate commission.

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Whether you're heading out for errands, happy hour, or your daily coffee run, a solid pair of sneakers is a no-brainer. This list of favorites from local retailers includes kicks that can take you anywhere. (Looking for a weatherproof pair? Try our roundup of rain boots.) 

Vans Old Skool Shoes, Evo


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You can't get any more classic than these iconic Old Skools from Vans. Wallingford

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John Elliott X Skid Grip OX, Likelihood



Designer John Elliott reworks classic skid-grip Converse with textured organic patterns that culminate in a vintage-inspired aesthetic. Capitol Hill

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Clae Women Bradley Sneaker, Sole Food


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These court shoes by Clae Bradley embody the best of style and comfort with black leather uppers, an off-white rubber sole, and recycled nylon laces. University Village

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Rollie Nation Derby City, Clementines


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This lightweight Derby City shoe by Rollie Nation has a platform that offers a subtle boost and a calf-hair leather upper for a bold statement. Pioneer Square

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Adidas x Marimekko Top Sleek Sneaker, Nordstrom


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Make your autumn outfit pop with this fresh Adidas collab with Finnish design house Marimekko.  

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Adidas X Ivy Park Women Super Sleek Chunky, Bait


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Whoever said you can't wear white after Labor Day was way out of line. Make a statement in this Ivy Park-Adidas mash-up. With a chunky off-white sole and iconic blue stripes, this sneaker is as comfortable as it is killer. Capitol Hill 

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Olukai Pehuea Li, Market Street Shoes


Breathable and lightweight with an all-mesh upper, the Pehuea Li sneaker was made for adventure...or at least a stroll in Discovery Park. Ballard

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Birkenstock Bend Low, Woolly Mammoth Shoes


Known for being a purveyor of epic comfort, Birkenstock is always a safe bet, even when it comes to sneakers. This canvas-and-suede pair features a breathable microfiber lining, and an additional midsole with cork for awesome shock absorption. University District

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Hyperion Tempo, Brooks


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Running brand Brooks is an automatic go-to for anything running, and these kicks are no exception. Use this pair for track or cross-country, or just to keep it cool as you run errands. Wallingford

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VEJA Campo Leather Shoes, REI


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These leather shoes are thoughtfully made to have a small carbon footprint. With uppers made of chrome-free leather, the shoe also stars recycled and organically grown materials like wild Amazonian rubber and cotton.

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