There’s an old saying that goes, "everything old is new again." This is the nature of certain fashion trends that seem to come and go through generations. Once upon a time, high top sneakers were a ‘90s and early aughts staple that complemented everything from a mini dress to baggy pants. Should you need proof of the range, peruse just about any photo of your favorite Y2K-era entertainer. Now, thanks to the most high-profile runways, celebrities, and social media influencers, the trend is back like it never left and more versatile than ever. From the towering sole to the most subtle lift, the high top sneaker is a shoe that can take virtually any outfit to new heights, figuratively and literally.
Once you’ve decided just how high you want to go, ensure that the rest of your look doesn’t spoil your throwback accessory. For example, if you’re keeping things casual with a pair of pants or denim, cuff the bottom or stick with a cropped style to elongate your legs. You also want to be conscious of the shoe material, as it could impact your comfort. For instance, if you have flat feet or an injury, high top sneakers with a soft and supportive platform will feel like walking on a cloud. On the other hand—or should we say, foot—those with a penchant for clumsiness and walking a little too light on their toes may benefit from a weightier sole.
The only way to go from here is up, but still, the options can seem overwhelming. Lucky for you, we’ve pieced together a list of the most popular high top sneakers as wide-ranging as the trend itself.
How We Found The Best High Top Sneakers
To create this list, we consulted our smart and unbiased algorithm. The proprietary tool identifies products based on data from a variety of sources, including best-seller lists, expert reviews, and social media-based recommendations. Step ahead to find your new favorite pair.
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