Along with other 80s era accessories like belt bags and performance sunglasses, hiking sneakers are back, says Audrey Slater, a New York City-based celebrity stylist. In the context of what’s happening in fashion right now, their popularity makes sense. “There’s a big movement toward utilitarian pieces with an unexpected pop of style,” Slater explains. Hiking sneakers mix the bulky aesthetic of last year’s dad-style sneaker with outdoor performance gear, which provides an element of comfort that was missing from earlier versions of the trend. Ahead, 8 hiking sneaker styles, plus how to wear them.
Elevate old school straight leg denim with these outdoorsy Nikes. “Think Levi’s 501s, cropped to ankle length to highlight the shoe,” says Slater.
Because they look so close to a traditional athletic shoe, this option pairs well with a luxe set of leggings (leather or high-end active) and a long cardigan sweater.
“Sneaker hikers look on point with other technical-inspired pieces: anoraks, belt bags, and joggers,” Slater notes. Restrict the rest of your outfit to earth tones to stay streamlined.
An all-black color scheme makes these easy to wear with virtually any outfit. For starters, go for high-waisted jeans and a chunky turtleneck, or a mid-length leather skirt with a tucked-in T-shirt.
A retro take that’s so good it looks positively vintage, this sneaker truly has a throwback feel. Try it with a color-blocked windbreaker for the full effect.
“Most fashion-forward: pairing hiking sneaks with something super feminine,” Slater notes, like a pleated skirt and sweater, for example. “The truly adventurous might even juxtapose their chunkiest hiker with a silky midi-length Gucci print dress.”
These knit high tops are actually meant for action on the mountain. Around town, style them with simple black sweats, tailored chinos, or raw cuffed denim.
Nail two trends at once thanks to a dad-style silhouette with hiking details. Plus, padded areas around the ankles make this pair extremely comfortable. Wear them with a tailored pencil skirt for a fancier look or bike shorts and a knotted tee for something more casual.