Classic Sneakers To Own That Will Never Go Out of Style

It’s official – these are the most classic sneakers to own in your wardrobe right now in 2023.

You can never go wrong with a great pair of sneakers. No matter the occasion, sometimes wearing your favourite pair can save the day. Of course, you will need to own the perfect style that is comfortable, versatile and effortless – and we’re listing down the best classic sneakers to have in 2023.

These days, it has become a norm to see men and women dressed in work attire and suits with sneakers on their feet. Better yet, sneakers also strike the perfect balance between luxury and street fashion. We’re talking about the amazing sneaker collaborations such as Off-White x Nike, Louis Vuitton x Nike, Prada x Adidas and Gucci x Adidas, to name a few.

With the rise of sneaker culture, it’s evident that the wave isn’t slowing down anytime soon. While it’s excellent to gravitate towards these notable collaborations, sometimes owning a pair of classic sneakers makes the ideal essential to your collection. For those who appreciate comfort with a timeless look, these classic pairs are equally stylish and can be worn with everything.

With our guide, we’ve gathered our favourite pair of sneakers that will stand the test of time.

The best classic sneakers to own for every occasion in 2023:

New Balance 550

You may have seen these pair appear on your FYP page, and for good reasons too. The New Balance 550, which debuted in 1989, was first introduced as the signature basketball shoe. When it was first re-introduced in 2020, the 550 soon became the It-girl staple due to its vintage silhouette and fuss-free styling.

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Adidas Gazelle

 

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Debuted in the ’60s, the Adidas Gazelle is making a fiery comeback. If you’re a Harry Styles stan, you would know why. The “As It Was” singer has played a significant part in its return, thanks to his loyalty in flaunting them on and off stage. However, with Adidas’ latest collaboration with Gucci, the iconic three stripes Gazelle silhouette also made a stylish resurgence in various new colourways. While classic white sneakers may be a staple, going bold with vibrant colours should be one of your goals this year too.

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Reebok Club C 85 Vintage Shoes

 

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Here’s another vintage silhouette worth noting. The ’80s revival of the Reebok Club C transcends to be an all-year-round pair. If you swear by the classic white colourway, you can consider this pair your ultimate companion. Plus, the worn-in look does help make the sneakers look more natural with less stress on cleaning your kicks. On the plus side, we can definitely say that it goes well with everything from casual to dressier occasions.

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Converse Chuck 70

 

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Take one look, and you’ll easily recognise the timeless silhouette. What once started as a go-to basketball shoe is now transformed into everyone’s ideal everyday pair. Whether for travelling or daily tasks, this versatile pair is lightweight, comfortable, supportive and durable. Ideal for casual to dressier events, trust that the Chuck 70 is what you’ll gravitate to for any soiree.

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Nike Air Force 1

 

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Created by Bruce Kilgore and debuted in 1982, the Air Force 1 was originally made as an on-court shoe. Today, the coveted silhouette is reimagined in various colourways and material variations. Although slightly chunkier than any normal kicks, it definitely adds an elevated height to your look. Famed for its all-white leather and the occasional pop of colours, the Air Force 1 remains one of the most sought-after designs today. If you haven’t bought yourself one, what are you waiting for?

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Veja Esplar Low-Top Sneakers

 

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You can never go wrong with a classic pair of white sneakers. Veja’s iconic low-top sneakers are slowly becoming every fashion enthusiast’s go-to pair. Since its debut in 2005, Veja has created a series of minimalistic sneakers that uses Brazilian and Peruvian organic cotton, Amazonian rubber and various innovative materials from recycled plastic bottles to recycled polyester. Adored for its sleek look with a pop of colour, the brand’s signature V logo at the side is accented with cheerful or neutral tones to match every personality.

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Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66

Last but not least, we’re showing our love for the iconic Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66. Hailing from Japan, the classic design in vivid tones with recognisable lines is essential for every sneakerhead. They’re comfortable, fuss-free and definitely versatile for any day-to-night affair. In fact, Uma Thurman contributed to the popularity of this silhouette since she wore the same model in the 2003 classic “Kill Bill”. Another fun fact is that the Mexico 66 was designed for the 1968 Olympic pre-trials in Mexico City.

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Amalina Anuar is the Digital Director of Harper's Bazaar Malaysia. From covering the latest runway trends to the hottest happenings in Kuala Lumpur, she also delves deep into all things lifestyle and beauty.