15 best sneakers you can actually buy in 2019

Don't wait for the latest sneaks to drop, check out the best creps you can actually buy, right now

15 best sneakers you can actually buy in 2019

New sneakers are dropping every week so there’s no shortage of releases to keep your rotation fresh. But one thing becomes clear eventually – some kicks are all hype, while others stay on our minds and feet for the long haul. While we can’t always predict what becomes a classic, sidestepping the hype train is a tactful way to buy new sneakers.

With that said, below I’ve included a list of the best sneakers you can cop right now. These aren’t just-this-minute releases, but they’re all fresh. 

Overall, the best pick here is the timeless Common Projects Original Achilles. They're an everyday sneaker, that's comfortable and practical enough to be worn around town with a design that’s low-key enough to avoid ostentation. They're in demand because they're simply special, not insanely expensive, yet is high on quality and style. It ticks many boxes for design, wearability and more. 

Whether you’re after comfort or out to make a statement, there’s something for everyone here.

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The 15 best sneakers you can buy right now

best sneakers: Common Projects Original Achilles

1. Common Projects Original Achilles

The ultimate urbanite sneaker

Reasons to buy
+Clean design+Easy to match with+Well-made and comfortable

You can’t go wrong with the Achilles from Common Projects. The minimal white leather upper is combined with gold stamped serial numbers on the heels, leather linings and rubber soles. 

This might just be the perfect all-round sneaker for spring/summer. Common Projects has a reputation for quality and the Achilles is no exception. 

Whether you’re into the pinroll trousers look, dad chinos or denim shorts, this silhouette is simple enough to go with just about any outfit. Understatement is the key here and if that’s how you roll, this should be your next purchase.

best sneakers: Vans OG Old Skool LX Suede

2. Vans OG Old Skool LX Suede

An iconic sneaker, now in suede

Reasons to buy
+Affordable+Low maintenance style+Everyone should own a pair of Vans
Reasons to avoid
-Suede can get dirty

There are a handful of sneakers you could label iconic, but there are few that are so all-pervasively popular as the Vans Old Skool. Whether they remind you of yesteryear or you are considering a new pair simply for a new outfit, this pair is a reliable option for spring/summer ahead.

Not just your average beaters, these are finished in soft off-white suede that’ll look great in just about any casual outfit, particularly if you throw jeans or chinos in with a white T-shirt. And you don’t need to be a skater boy to appreciate it, but the brand’s waffle outsoles provide loads of grip for when it gets slippery. 

best sneakers: Nike Air Max 1 Premium Suede

3. Nike Air Max 1 Premium Suede

Best worn with denim

Reasons to buy
+Classic silhouette+Seasonal colourway+Suede elevates the style

The Nike Air Max 1 is a reliable go-to for fans of the brand and sneakerheads alike. If you’re keen on ‘90s styling in particular (say, baggy blue jeans) then you can do no wrong with a pair like this. Some people lean more towards the Air Max Zero camp for its taught lines, but you’ll just know which you prefer when you see them.

This pair of premium Air Max 1 in olive-green suede are an ideal match for a pair of jeans. The texture will go with denim of almost any type and the colour is stylish while also being cool and comfort focused. They won’t break the bank, either, but you mightn’t be able to pull these off so easily at the peak of summer.

best sneakers: Adidas Originals Ultra Boost Primeknit

4. Adidas Originals Ultra Boost Primeknit

Pure athleisure

Reasons to buy
+Understated cool+Highly versatile design+Can also be used for exercise
Reasons to avoid
-Boost sole not for everyone-Can't be dressed up

While there are a lot of great shoes on this list, this pair of Adidas Ultra Boost convey a sense of cool style. The silhouette itself is good-looking, comfortable and a proven style lifter thanks to its design pedigree. While the streetwear craze might not be your thing, these sneakers could be anyway.

The boost sole will definitely add more spring to your step, but bear in mind that you could pick up a similarly great pair of grey sneakers for less money. While they’re by no means expensive, buying these creps should be about adding to your styling options and refreshing your rotation more than anything. The knitted upper is cosy, while the painted midsole should do you many wears before it even begins to age.

best sneakers: New Balance MS997 Suede, Nubuck and Mesh

5. New Balance MS997 Suede, Nubuck and Mesh

Effortlessly cool kicks

Reasons to buy
+Neutral tones +Big on comfort+Not Nike or Adidas
Reasons to avoid
-A little too 'dad shoe'?

New Balance ticks just about every box you can think of when it comes to combining affordability, details and style. The 997 is a popular silhouette from the brand and, if you don’t already own a pair, is a refreshing switch from the tech-soled offerings from Nike and Adidas that can sometimes become be a little overdone.

This pair comes in grey and is detailed with flexible mesh, suede and nubuck for a comfortable finish. While you might see design similarities with a 1998 Le Mans prototype as you stare these over, every line and layer has purpose. As such, wearing these 997s will add a new kick to your sneaker rotation.

best sneakers: Nike Running Epic React Flyknit

6. Nike Running Epic React Flyknit

Nike’s latest tech

Reasons to buy
+High on comfort+Versatile look+Filled with technology
Reasons to avoid
-Too sporty for some

While you can definitely rely on the Nike React for hitting all the right notes on comfort, price and design, it’s important to point out the elephant in the room first. It’s obvious to most that this silhouette is a reaction to the popularity of runners like Adidas’s Boost models, which the Nike Vapormax did little to compete with. So unless you’re a sneakerhead with deep brand loyalty, let’s move on to the details.

The React sole is a strong competitor when it comes to comfort. If you’re planning to run in them they’ll also hit the mark performance-wise. The tonal grey colourway is reliable and versatile enough to match with just about anything in your wardrobe, and that includes smart casual outfits too.

best sneakers: Converse 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top

7. Converse 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top

The classic casual go-to

Reasons to buy
+Works with most budgets+Ultimate casual sneaker+Can be worn with jeans or a suit+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Less than average cushioning

No matter how deep your casual sneaker collection, it isn’t complete without a pair of Chucks. While you might already have multiple pairs in your rotation, it’s always worth seeking out a versatile colourway that stands out when you’re opting for a silhouette that’s been around for decades. 

This high-top Chuck Taylor does just that. Made from the lightweight canvas and white midsole that’s instantly recognisable, the highlight here is definitely the colourway. The taupe upper is neutral enough to go with practically anything and has a cool contrast with the black laces that run up to the ankle. Best of all, they’ll pair with chinos just as easily as jeans.

best sneakers: Off-White Logo-Print Suede-Trimmed Sneakers

8. Off-White Logo-Print Suede-Trimmed Sneakers

Understated style from a hyped brand

Reasons to buy
+Easy to match with+Low-key style
Reasons to avoid
-On the pricier side

Off-White has a reputation for brash designs that incorporate distressed detailing and bold, even outlandish, use of colour. This has earned the brand fame but that’s also a reason to look elsewhere it when it comes to choosing attire that’s practical. That is not the case with these sneakers, however.

Made from nubuck and suede, the brand’s signature-style logo is printed across the upper. The black and grey tones blend smoothly together to create an understated look that will offer plenty of matching options whether for work or your social dates.

best sneakers: Nike Air Max 95 OG Grosgrain-Trimmed Sneakers

9. Nike Air Max 95 OG Grosgrain-Trimmed Sneakers

The often underrated classic

Reasons to buy
+Both stylish and practical+Great autumn colourway+Relatively affordable

You can never pass up on a classic like Nike’s Air Max 95. While it doesn’t pack the lustre of the Air Max 97, this silhouette still has a cult following of its own. While more on the functional, rather than the aesthetic, end of the athletic spectrum, this grosgrain-trimmed colourway is your everyday sneaker and more. 

Made from tonal-grey faux suede panels across the upper, and paired with white and black mesh, this is certainly a sneaker you could wear to the track just as you could a street style photoshoot. And while the midsole doesn’t have the prettiness of newer silhouettes a la Vapormax, there’s something refreshing about a sneaker that’s unapologetically stylish. 

best sneakers: Y-3 Kusari Boost Sneakers

10. Y-3 Kusari Boost Sneakers

Reasons to buy
+High on comfort+Unique design
Reasons to avoid
-Will dirty easily

These low-tops from Y-3 are yet another example of the fusion of sportswear and fashion that the brand has become famous for. The panelled neoprene upper is combined with mesh for a design that’s both soft and textured. The laces are secured with grosgrain piping along the upper which is complemented with off-white suede trim. 

Aside from the many other details that make the Kusari silhouette stand out is the Boost midsole. Not only will this be a comfort cushion for your feet, but also a marker of your taste in streetwear and the oft-debated marriage of high-low within contemporary fashion.

best sneakers: CRIME LONDON Force low top sneakers

11. CRIME LONDON Force low top sneakers

A classic tennis sneaker with a subtle twist

Reasons to buy
+Can be dressed up or down+Full-grain Leather+Black heel gives a subtle twist

Crime London was founded by two Italian sisters, and is inspired by the time they spent in London during university. The alternative scenes in Shoreditch and Camden Town and the cultural clash of Brick Lane have all had an impact on Crime London collections. We love these classic low top sneakers, made from premium full-grain leather, and with black accent on the heel.

Buy them from Farfetch for £158.

best sneakers: Nike Air Vapormax 97

12. Nike Air Vapormax 97

The very best of old and new

Reasons to buy
+Fresh take on a classic+Cool colourway
Reasons to avoid
-Not your everyday sneaker

It’s no secret that the Air Max 97 is the beloved silhouette of sneakerheads the world over. And what better way to rock it than with a newer, more technical midsole than Vapormax? This low-top comes in a canvas and faux-leather upper in white, purple and silver tones and are a solid combination for a sporty ‘fit, or just a pure street style look. 

This model features a logo patch and grosgrain pull-loop that match the silver highlights throughout. Aside from the deep varsity shade of purple strewn about, you’ll find a transparent rubber Vapormax midsole to provide not only cushioning and comfort, but a killer combination of 90s Nike design along with contemporary technology.

best sneakers: Balenciaga Race Runner

13. Balenciaga Race Runner

One for the style mavens

Reasons to buy
+High quality construction+Gorgeous navy colourway

Balenciaga’s Race Runner has been updated from previous iterations. While it’s known for being worn by celebrities, the Italian-made sneaker is subtle enough that you could wear it casually as well as when you take the Ferrari out for a spin. Even so, this is one for the style mavens – so you might want to leave your faded Levi’s out here.

Available here in a navy colourway, this version is constructed of neoprene, leather and mesh and also features elasticated strap detailing around the upper. Finishing touches include suede at the heels and rubber outsoles.

best sneakers: Adidas Originals NMD CS1 Gore-Tex

14. Adidas Originals NMD CS1 Gore-Tex

This is a Speed Sock on a budget

Reasons to buy
+Boost midsole+Gore-Tex waterproofing+Comfortable Primeknit upper

Adidas’s Boost-soled sneakers have been around long enough that you just might have a pair. That doesn’t mean you should stop at one or more – especially when you take a look at the NMD City Sock. 

This particular CS1 variant comes equipped with Gore-Tex linings, meaning you’ll have extra waterproofing over the standard model (great in the spring).

Essentially what you’re getting here is the best of everything from Adidas plus some extra technology thrown in for good measure. You can style this with your favourite streetwear brands and, aside from the Boost-Primeknit comfort combo, this is still a comparatively affordable crep.

best sneakers: Gucci Rhyton

15. Gucci Rhyton

While oversized logos are trending, this is more than just hype

Reasons to buy
+Makes a statement+Quality design and construction+Will hold its value

In 2017 we saw oversized logos make a splash not only on the runway, but also across some of our favourite sneakers. The Gucci Rhyton was no exception, with the kicks receiving several different logo combinations that are impossible to overlook. In contrast to the more subtle graphics printed on the Gucci Ace, the Rhyton is all about extroverted branding and perfect for posting on the ‘Gram.

The silhouette itself is based on the '80s-inspired Rhyton, with this particular pair made in Italy from softened washed leather. The massive print used on the upper leaves no question that you’re donning Gucci footwear and allows you to flaunt your style unapologetically.