Move Over, Dad Sneakers—This Fall Trend Reigns Supreme

So long, dad sneakers. It's been a good run, but I think it's finally time to part ways. As much as I wanted to love the chunky-sneaker trend, I never really figured out how to wear them, so I'll admit that I'm relieved to see a new sneaker trend starting to take its place. I've seen retro sneakers, especially classic styles that have longevity, everywhere I look. With all the classic and bourgeois trends having a moment this fall, it's only right that the accompanying sneakers would be on the same page.

I've noticed that a growing number of celebs such as Alexa ChungKate Middleton, and Kate Bosworth (not to mention all of the editors at Who What Wear) are getting behind the sneaker trend, a surefire sign that something's brewing. Seeing as dad sneakers have been on the decline for a minute, we're excited to usher in some more timeless silhouettes to our sneaker collections. The specific styles defining the trend include Converse's cult-favorite high-tops and throwback styles like the Nike Cortez and Reebok Club C, all of which are celebrity-approved. Ahead, see how our favorite It girls are wearing the retro-sneaker trend, and then shop our top picks.

Kate Middleton
Kate Middleton retro sneakers


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Style Tip: Style low-top sneakers with wide-leg trousers and a crisp white shirt for a cool off-duty look.

Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez retro sneakers



Style Tip: Pair the classic kicks with a romantic floral dress like Selena's Reformation frock.

Kaia Gerber
Kaia Gerber retro sneaker trend


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Style Tip: Try out a '90s-inspired look like Kaia Gerber did, and wear high-top sneakers with straight-leg jeans and a cropped cardigan.

Rihanna retro sneakers



Style Tip: Take a cue from Rihanna and invest in a pair of Nike's timeless Air Force 1 sneakers.

Emily Ratajkowski
Emily Ratajkowski retro sneakers


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Style Tip: White sneakers pop against a minimalist black dress.

Ashley Graham
Ashley Graham retro sneakers


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Style Tip: Update your airport style when you swap in a pair of these classic sneakers in place of sportier styles.

Hailey Bieber
Hailey Bieber retro sneakers


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Style Tip: Two of fall's chicest "boring" trends—beige and check print—go flawlessly alongside retro sneakers.