For many, collecting sneakers is now a popular hobby – now more than ever – but it can also be an expensive one. The thinking goes, cool sneakers aren’t cheap and cheap sneakers aren’t cool, right? Not necessarily.
Not everyone can afford to constantly pay upwards of $200 for the newest sneaker release, especially when there are multiple hyped silhouettes dropping on a weekly basis. However, getting your hands on a good looking pair of cheap sneakers is actually much easier than most think. Gone are the days where customers have to spend vast amounts of money to look fly from the ground up.
That is why we’ve put together the definitive guide to (relatively) cheap sneakers that we believe should be in every self-respecting sneakerhead’s rotation. While big name brands like Nike and adidas offer some very solid options, the likes of FILA, New Balance, and Diadora can’t be overlooked either.
So, sit back, put your feet up, and scroll through our guide of cheap sneakers that will have you looking fresher than your budget might suggest.
The fact that a true OG like the Nike Air Force 1 can still be picked up on the low makes all those Ls trying to cop the latest hyped sneaker a little more tolerable. If you don’t already own a pair of all-white AF1s, you need to do yourself a favor and stock up. The best part about choosing the Nike Air Force 1 life is that you can usually get the sneaker at a nice discount from various retailers.
The Vans Old Skool is arguably the most trustworthy pair of affordable kicks on the market; it’s a timeless silhouette that just seems to work with a variety of outfits. Most retailers stock the low-top skate shoe, but there are also more than enough Vans stores that should have a full size run. Made to skate in, you can put money on these lasting you longer than a regular pair of sneakers, saving you even more money over time.
The Air Force 1 is to Nike what the Stan Smith is to adidas. A classy, sleek silhouette that goes as well with a pair of black skinny jeans as it does with some colorful, summer-ready shorts. Like the AF1, it’s often available on sale at select retailers. If you’re bad at making up your mind, just know that the Stan Smith comes in many different colors and materials, meaning there should be a pair for everyone’s tastes and preferences.
British heritage in the form of a tried and trusted design for a fraction of the price of today’s newer releases – what’s there not to like? Reebok can sometimes be underrated by sneakerheads, however, the Reebok Workout Classic has withstood the test of time and – above all else – is an affordable alternative that shouldn’t be passed upon.
25 years after the OG dropped, Nike revived the classic Grandstand II silhouette. It originally released back in 1992 and debuted as the classy, no-frills, tennis shoe your dad would wear to the country club. Two and a half decades on, not much has changed, except for the fact that we’re all absolutely in love with wearing dad sneakers. At under $100, what more can you want?
You don’t need to play football to rock a fresh pair of Sambas (best picked up in the traditional black, but white is a vibe too). These cheap sneakers are a great beater and, thanks to the conservative colorway, can be worn in a variety of ‘fits without looking out of place.
New Balance sneakers are known for their extraordinary comfort and high-quality construction. The 210 is no different, though it is a much sleeker model than New Balance’s other, at times, bulkier silhouettes. Available at very attractive price points, the minimalist sneaker blends seamlessly with most outfits, which is not a bad thing.
The Vans Sk8 Hi is the quintessential streetwear hightop favored by many ’fit pic veterans. As with most of the cheap sneakers on this list, Vans offers its perhaps most famous silhouette in a myriad of colors, materials, and looks. Whether you’re opting for the classic black and white colorway, or the fancier nonnative collaboration, you’ll be on-trend and feeling good in the Sk8 His of your choice.
This Diadora model, the B. Elite, is similar to the New Balance 210 and the Nike Grandstand II in the sense that it’s a very minimalist tennis shoe, with only minor branding differentiating itself from other sneakers on this list. The B. Elite comes in various different vintage colors and finishing treatments and features a soft, buttery leather upper. For well under $100, you’re not going to find many better options out there.
The PUMA Suede is a classic that can often be found at discounted rates and is a very solid option for the style and budget conscious individuals looking for a new pair for their rotation. While the black/white colorway has been a staple in rotations since the shoe dropped some 50 years ago, the PUMA Suede comes in a number of different colorways, making it both a versatile and an affordable sneaker choice.
The ultimate low-top sneaker in black suede, the Converse One Star Skate, is made for those of you who actually do skate on occasion. With more foxing in the toe and padding, the sneaker can take more of a beating than most other sneakers, which, when combined with its price of under $100, makes it a very attractive option for those on a shoestring budget.
The Gazelle, the cousin of the adidas Samba, is as sleek as… well… a real-life gazelle. If you’re sensing a pattern here it’s because there is one. Lower price-point sneakers are often more minimalist and subdued than their more expensive counterparts. The adidas Originals Gazelle proves this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, with a versatile design that’s easy on the eyes.
The Nike Cortez is an absolute institution. First created in 1972, many believe it to be one of the key sneakers in driving Nike’s sales and turning it into the company the Swoosh is today. Seen in movies like Forrest Gump and serving as the canvas for two Kendrick Lamar collaborations, the Cortez is undoubtedly one of the coolest sneakers around with a wallet-friendly price to boot.
You know we had to get at least one chunky sneaker in here. While the rest of the sneakers are very minimalist, the FILA Disrupter II quite literally disrupts the status quo with its bulky and in-your-face shape. Gucci, Balenciaga, and the rest of the higher end brands have their own behemoth sneakers with a price to match. FILA, on the other hand, has decided to drop a very affordable version, which has made it a popular go-to for people that want to ride the wave but don’t want to sell their house to do so.
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