The biggest sneaker trends of 2021 and how to style them

Posted: 25 November 2021 2:34 pm
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A roundup of the hottest sneaker trends of 2021 and tips to buy them before they sell out.

2021 has been a pretty big year for the humble sneaker. From new collabs, rising brands, to major throwbacks, there is truly something for everyone.

We know that monitoring all these trends can be overwhelming so we've put together a list of the biggest sneaker trends of the year for you. We've also teamed up with to give you some hot tips on how to get your hands on these quick sellers so that you can keep your shoes, and your forehead, crease free.

This article was created in partnership with our pals at eBay. With 13 pieces of women's fashion sold every minute on eBay you'll be in good company. Tap into Australia's largest marketplace today.

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Sports-focused

Coined as the 'dad shoe' a couple years back, athletic style shoes are still having their moment and we are here for it. It comes with no surprise that this style of sneaker is trending with the rise of comfort-casual and sportswear in the fashion world.

New Balance, Asics and Fila have made a big name for themselves in this department as well as some higher-end names like Balenciaga and Yeezy.

This chunkier style is a perfect pairing for your activewear or your 'model off duty look' with a wide leg pant.

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High Tops

If high top Converse are good enough for Timmy at the Met Gala, they sure are good enough for us! High top sneakers are another one of the classics that gained popularity in the 80's but continue to be a front runner today.

Some of our top picks are of course, the classic Converse Chuck Taylor High Tops, Nike Blazer Mids, Vans Sk8-Hi Sneaker and the Adidas Forum Mid Shoes.

These shoes are super diverse and can be paired with anything from straight legged pants, to skirts or even denim shorts depending on your vibe.

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Wardrobe Staples

If there's anything we can count on, it's a basic white sneaker. We love these as there's not much room for error with a white sneaker and it truly goes with anything. If you're someone who's a bit indecisive of what to get or not as daring in the colour wheel, a classic shoe is the one for you.

Some of our fave staples are the Reebok C 85 sneakers, Adidas Originals Continental 80, Nike Air Forces and Puma Cali Sport Trainers.

For this shoe, dress it up or down with jeans, a dress or even trackies. There's no way to go wrong!

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Colour Blocking

Nike Dunks and New Balance 550s are arguably the most sought after sneakers of the year. These classic sneaker shapes injected with colour blocking make them easy to style with your everyday outfit and add a little pop of colour.

Both of these shoes have a bit more of a skate/sports vibe but can be dressed towards or away from that depending on your aesthetic.

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Now that you know what you want, let's make sure that you get them! If you seem to have missed out on your dream pair from your regular retailers, don't give up hope just yet - third party sellers could be your saving grace.

eBay is one of the top sites for buying sneakers and makes it super easy to ensure that you're getting the real thing. If you're worried that you might be purchasing from a scammer, eBay will help you out with their Authenticity Guarantee program. With this, eBay provides free professional authentication of the shoe and will place a blue tick on the item page, making sure that you're shopping safely. If you're still not convinced, check out our own experience from purchasing sneakers from eBay and see how it all works.

If you want more information on how to buy these top sneakers like a pro, check out our guide.

Need help restocking your wardrobe? Check out the latest fashion deals, see retailers with free shipping offers and shop across our extensive buying guides.

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