The Best New Sneaker Trends for Women Over 40

I was always one to wear the highest of heels and didn’t consider comfort or practicality over fashion. That is, until I discovered I can make a fashion statement and still be comfortable at the same time! Besides being able to walk, if I need to I can actually run in sneakers. But can women over 40 wear sneakers and still look sophisticated? Of course we can, especially when you know how to style them. Here are some of the season’s best new sneaker trends and how to style them when you’re over 40.

The Best New Sneaker Trends 2020

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Classic Sneakers

A good place to dip you toe into the sneakers trend (pun intended) is with a pair of classic sneakers. If you are over 40 you probably recall these styles from the 70s and 80s and many were borrowed from the boys. Well they have become classics, in fact they are vintage! So if you invest in a pair of Adidas, Nike or Tretorn they will always be in style and you can wear them for years to come!


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The best way to wear classic sneakers is with anything! Wear them with everything from jeans and t-shirts to daytime dresses. In fact they are most stylish when worn with more conservative pieces. It’s the contrast of styles that makes classic sneakers look unexpected and cool! Pair them with a businesslike pant suit, a sweater dress or a pleated midi skirt! Plus you know you will be comfortable all day wearing them.

Puma Suede Classic+ Sneakers, $65

Tretorn Nylite Plus Lace Up Sneakers, $75

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70s Sneakers, $80

Nike Classic Cortez, $70

Adidas Superstar Shoes, $85

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New Sneaker Trends

The trendiest sneaker styles for fall 2020 include retro-redos from the 80s and 90s, color-blocking, platform soles and futuristic looks. Besides wearing these to the gym with athletic wear, they add a sporty and modern edge to day wear. They pop when worn with all black pants and a top or any other solid color monochrome ensemble. They look city-chic when worn with leather jackets, trench coats or faux leather pants. Turn basic legging and a cardigan into atheisurewear with a pair of these modern new trendy sneakers. You can find them in neutral shades, bold colors and metallics.

Golden Goose Running Sole Sneakers, $530

Jordan Delta Women’s Shoe, $130

Reebok CL Legacy Sneakers. $80

Reebok ZigWild Trail 6 Women’s Shoes, $130

Puma RS-2K Soft Metal Women’s Sneakers, $120


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Sneaker Boots

I’m excited about the newest sneaker boots for fall! The are a practical style and are ideal for the cooler months ahead. You can find sneaker boots at all price points, too, from designer to affordable. They are available in many colors but I recommend black. An easy way to style these sneaker boots is to simply swap them with your basic black booties. Another chic way is with black leggings and oversized sweaters, bombers  or jean jackets. In the winter months they will look stylish with puffer jackets and maxi dresses.

Ecco Exostrike Gore-Tex® Sneaker Boot, $199.95

Inuikii Classic Shearling Sneakers, $309

Tretorn Lily 3 Hiker Sneakers, now $91

Roger Vivier Skate Embellished Shearling-trimmed Leather Sneakers, $1,395

Adidas OwnTheGame (men’s sizes), $65

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Designer Sneaker Collaborations

Once you become a serious sneaker addict, you night like to invest and start collecting designer collaboration sneakers. Even if you don’t want to pay the price for these shoes, they are worth checking out because you will see how designers often influence brands to make similar (more affordable) styles. These covetable designer sneakers will elevate any look from basic gym wear to conservative street wear. And get ready for some good conversations when you wear them. I mean, is there a fashionista who doesn’t love Micky Mouse and Gucci?

Gucci + Disney Printed Canvas Sneakers, $690

Reebok X Victoria Beckham Dual Court Suede-trimmed Metallic Textured-leather and Mesh Sneakers, $220

KENZO x Vans Low Top Sneakers, $240

Nike x Comme des Garcons Air Max 95 sneakers, $335

Nike x Sacai LDV Waffle Sneakers, $595

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What is your favorite new sneaker trend? How do you like to style your sneakers?

Carol Calacci

You may also like to read more style over 40 posts like Here Are The Best Jeans For Women Over 40 and 10 Fashion Mistakes That Make You Look Older.

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