Essential Shoes in Streetwear

Of course, you can just slip your feet into your favorite pair of sneakers, but that does not necessarily give the finishing touch to your street look, you need certain essential shoes. For statement-making streetwear there are some essential shoes, shoes you simply must have in your wardrobe. Shoes are just as relevant as your sweatpants and tees, so your feet need to be as well dressed as the rest of you. If you don’t have some of these essential streetwear shoes in your collection, your streetwear is severely lacking.

Black and White Vans “Old Skool”

A classic skate shoe, the Old Skool was the first to bear Van’s iconic side stripe. The low top lace up is perfect for lazy days and smart casual streetwear days and looks dope whether you’re skateboarding or chilling. Although available in high tops and many colours, it really is the black and white low tops that are the essential shoes for any streetwear outfit.

$79.99 – Buy at Amazon

White & Green Adidas “Stan Smith” Sneakers

In a low top tennis-shoes style that simply never dies, the Stan Smith’s from Adidas fully deserve to be labelled a classic. They make as much of an impact on the streets as they did on the court when Stan Smith wore them winning multiple open championships.

$110 – Buy at Amazon

Timberland Boots

So iconic, it’s even named Icon, this original 6 inch boot from Timberland is instantly recognisable all over the world. If you’re looking for essential shoes for winter, you can’t go wrong with this enduring classic. Will you go for yellow or black?

$199 – Buy at Amazon

Adidas NMD’s

An on-point lifestyle sneaker in many colour-ways that make you want a different pair for every day of the week. The classic performance shoe style has a progressive silhouette that is perfect for the urban nomadic lifestyle.

$170-240 – Buy at Amazon

Trekkur Boot by Sully Wong

If you want a hiker style boot but prefer a more rugged look than the Timberland boots, look to the Sully Wong collection and the Trekkur Boot. Available in black or brown, it’s street-worthy but smart enough for the office.

$160 – Buy at Amazon

Chuck Taylor All Star 1970’s High-Top Sneakers

When it comes to essential shoes for summer, you want something lighter than a chunky sneaker or performance running shoe. Known across the world, Converse’s Chuck Taylors are cool enough for summer days and cool enough for streetwear. Go for classic black or push the limits with a limited edition version by Comme Des Garcons.

$90-180 – Buy at Amazon

Nike Vapormax

The next generation from Nike’s unique air cushioning debuted in Air 1’s, Vapormax strips back the extraneous details to give the look of a high-performance sneaker. You just gotta love that chunky sole. It has sick colour-ways too.

$170-300 – Buy at Amazon

Adidas Ultraboost’s

Before sneakers became essential shoes for streetwear, they were sports shoes. Keeping true to that tradition, the good-looking Ultraboost by Adidas is first and foremost, a running shoe. It is too good to be confined to the track or roads and comes in a range of 11 colour ways.

$240 – Buy at Amazon

Nike Air Force 1’s Low Tops

A timeless sneaker that captures all the classic looks and details of a performance basketball shoe in a sleek silhouette. Air Force 1’s have been around since 1982 and no matter how your streetwear wardrobe develops, these sneakers will never let you down.

$215 – Buy at Amazon

Pharrell Williams Tennis Hu Sneakers

Known for his hats and wearing shoes without socks, it was sure going to happen that Pharrell Williams would collaborate with a major streetwear brand. The Hu shoe is a contemporary take on the classic tennis shoe and features a breathable knit fabric upper making it one of the essential shoes for summer. Comes in every colour of the spectrum.

$140 – Buy at Amazon

Be sure to also checkout our article on 10 Cheap Streetwear Brands to Ball on a Budget to always stay ahead of the fashion game.