Kick off those kitten heels and say goodbye to ballet pumps because the It sneakers awards of 2018 are here. You'll have seen them artfully framed on Instagram, stalking the streets of fashion week or even strolling past you at the park—there's no escaping It sneakers. They may come in all shapes and sizes—from Veja's classic silhouette to Louis Vuitton Archlight's space-age lines—but they're all united by the ability to instantly elevate an outfit and bestow fashion kudos on any who wear them.
The It sneaker has become such a style institution that it now seems mandatory that every fashion house produce its own signature style, with bohemian-chic brand Chloé even getting in on the action. Meanwhile, Fila's Disruptor sneakers have ranked second on Lyst's hottest women's products index. Clearly this niche trend has now breached the mainstream. So without further ado, we present to you 2018's ultimate trainers. Scroll down to shop the six looks you need to know about.
Balenciaga Triple S
Making its first appearance at the brand's autumn/winter 2017 catwalk show, the Balenciaga Triple S Sneaker may have raised a few eyebrows to begin with, but jump forward to the present day and they're seeing sellout success across the board. The second most expensive style on our shortlist, this is a serous commitment to the sneaker cause.
You may remember Fila from the days of chain belts and cowl-neck tops, but this year has seen the brand's storming return to the style stage. They might not be the prettiest things, but you need merely glance at their ranking on Lyst's hottest women's products index (second to only Gucci's viral logo belt) to see that their appeal spreads far and wide.
An oldie but a goodie. Nike's Air Force 1 sneakers are certainly not the most avant-garde offering on our shortlist, but sometimes you can't go wrong with the classics—and clearly the fashion crowd agrees. Coming it at a reasonable price point, this is a look that everyone can on board with.
Louis Vuitton Archlight
Winning the award for most expensive style, Louis Vuitton's Archlights are not the sort of sneakers you want to be messing around with. Debuting in February 2018, they were an instant hit with the blogging crowd with their space-age twist on the "dad" trainer trend.
Thrust into the limelight back in 2016 by Hollywood A-lister Emma Watson, Veja is the sustainable Parisian brand that delivers pared-back, timeless sneaker styles. A perfect entry point for those who feel ambivalent about fashion-trainer looks, they can easily be worn with everything from denim to dresses, as demonstrated by Who What Wear's Emma Spedding.
Worn by everyone from Net-a-Porter's Lisa Aiken to blogging royalty Pernille Teisbaek, Adidas's Yung-1 sneakers are the ultimate sports-fashion hybrid. Although they come in a range of colourways, it's the red iteration that caught the imagination of the blogging crowd this season.