Believe it or not, a lot of ladies prefer to wear comfortable sneakers rather than wear narrow, pointed high heels when wearing a dress. It makes them feel relaxed without having to worry about the proper footwork to avoid stumbling with heels they aren’t accustomed to.
With that said, check out some of the best sneakers to wear with dresses to achieve that sophisticated and modern look that would make ladies feel better with themselves.
The article will base the sneakers off on their popularity and overall style, regardless of how much they cost.
Adidas Stan Smith
The adidas Stan Smith is without a doubt one of the best trainers to come out from adidas that has since then blessed a lot of people with its minimalist style and decent comfort as a lifestyle sneaker.
To be completely honest, the adidas Stan Smith is one of those sneakers that can be worn for any and every occasion. School day? Wear the Stan Smith. Wedding? It can pass as formal shoes so - wear the Stan Smith. Playing sports? Probably not, but it’s a great all-around casual sneaker.
When it comes to combining sneakers and dresses, some ladies opt for something simple, comfortable, and more affordable. Stan Smith colorways with a white leather base upper are usually the best-sellers because of their clean look. adidas’ subtle three stripes design on the perforated vents is a nice touch for the minimalist style.
The iconic White/Green colorway is the perfect sneaker to go along with a dress sporting the same colors. Whether it’s a backup comfortable shoe after wearing heels or narrow flats, the Stan Smith doesn’t capture attention too much so the ladies can still flaunt their sparkling dresses.
They look better without socks but make sure to get the right size and lace them just right (not too loose and not too tight) to get a comfortable ride without having any worry of getting blisters after wearing the Stan Smith for many hours.
Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit
While the OG leather upper remains to be the most popular choice for a lot of people, the Primeknit version of the adidas Stan Smith is also available with a knitted upper that’s slimmed down even more and made lighter. The rubber sole remains unchanged. It’s a good alternative for girls who are looking to try something new but also like a classic model like the Stans.
Some versions also appeared with full-length Boost foam midsoles replacing the entire sole, but it didn’t really gather much attention and ended up having a short-lived tenure when it was released. They came out in 2017 and hasn’t been heard of since.
A classic sneaker suitable for all genders and all ages (and even all outfits), the adidas Stan Smith is definitely on the radar as one of the best sneakers to wear with dresses. They can be found on most adidas shops both in-store and online for less than $100.
There are a lot of colorways to choose from so don’t limit the style and go all out with the Stan Smith for a fashion of a lifetime. The sneaker’s look and comfort and affordable price tag would make the purchase so worth it!
Alexander McQueen Oversized Sneaker
A more premium choice for the rich cool-girl type, the Alexander McQueen Oversized sneaker borrows similar looks from the adidas Stan Smith but boasts its own twist and added an eye-catching and head-turning distinct feature - an extremely thick sole that makes the shoe look like a wedge.
At first glance, those who are unaware might be mistaken and think that adidas has released a platform shoe version of the Stan Smith. But the Alexander McQueen Oversized sneaker isn’t any copy of an iconic model, it has an identity of its own that caught hype when it was first launched in the brand’s Spring-Summer collection in 2015.
Though not really a popular option for the masses because of its lavish retail price of $580 over on the brand’s main website, the oversized sneaker is still popular for the elite, celebrities, and other rich personalities.
The shoe is comprised entirely of a calf leather upper, while the heel panel varies depending on the colorway. Some featured a glossy finish, and some featured suede. The main feature of the shoe is the thick, platform-like sole that’s 4.5cm thick on the heel. The massive midsole extends up to the front for one unique style that literally one-upped the shoe that’s said to look exactly like it.
Just like every other low-cut trainer shoe in white, these sneakers do look great with dresses. Whether it’s high-skirted or low-skirted, the insanely thick sole and wide laces from the shoe are a total game-changer when it comes to styling them.
Going strong half a decade later, expect the shoe to gain even more attention as Alexander McQueen continues to promote their Oversized sneaker to the rich and famous.
Superga 2750 Cotu Classic Sneaker
This shoe is so good that even the royalty’s duchess wore the shoe on multiple occasions as their go-to sneaker.
Superga is an Italian sneaker brand founded by Walter Martiny and is now one century and a decade old. Superga boasts rubber-soled sneakers labeled with the symmetrical Superga logo for brand identity. Their most iconic sneaker? The Superga 2750 Cotu that was first launched over 90 years ago.
It’s a low-cut canvas sneaker with a reinforced midsole and a gum rubber outsole. It looks basic but the Cotu 2750 Classic is the very definition of clean, classic, and simple. It’s the shoe of choice for the British royal family’s Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine - or more commonly known with the name Kate Middleton.
Some celebrities also rocked the decades-old silhouette which influenced a lot of people to purchase and wear the iconic model.
Various annual brand ambassadors were introduced every year since 2012. The likes of Rita Ora and just recently, Hailey Baldwin Bieber, promoted Superga and influenced the fans to try the shoes.
Collaborations with other brands brought out cute graphic prints on the canvas upper. The 2021 partnership with LOVESHACKFANCY introduced colorful floral prints on the Cotu 2750 Classic along with other Superga models such as the high-top 2795 and the platform shoe 2790. Another unique detail from the collab is the ribbon-like laces that vary in color. Their retail price is double of that compared to the classic colorways, but they’re also eye-catching and limited that’s why they’re probably priced at $129 for the 2750.
Unbeknownst to some people, the Superga 2750 is actually a pretty popular sneaker model that is affordable and easy to style with, especially with dresses. Its slim build and low-cut structure make the dress stand out as the shoes keep the ladies’ feet comfortable.
A shoe that has continued to release as the brand’s premier sneaker, the Superga 2750 Cotu Classic is definitely the right shoe for all eras.
*Unique and Premium Choice* - Golden Goose Deluxe Brand SuperStar Sneaker
Golden Goose may have been subject to a lot of controversies regarding their design perspective and price tag, but those factors got the brand the attention it needed to become a completely unique luxury brand that has mastered pre-distressed and deconstructed sneakers.
Founded in 2000 by two Venetian design newcomers Francesca Rinaldo and Alessandro Gallo, Golden Goose Deluxe Brand’s most popular sneaker was actually the first prototype to feature the GGDB Star. Called the Super-Star, the shoe came out in 2007 and was bestowed with the pre-distressed and vintage treatment.
Each sneaker is handcrafted in Italy. The sneakers are also individually pre-distressed by the artisans that ensures that each pair is like no other.
There are other GGDB models that released as the brand gained traction on the sneaker industry, but the Super-Star remains the most iconic among them all.
The sneaker’s upper is comprised of mostly cow leather and reinforced with cotton and polyester. Colorways have a unique detail of their own which changes the course of the overall design, but the premium material looks the same.
The distressed designs are also handmade for a unique take that certifies the brand’s motto of “Perfect imperfections”. Dirt, scuffs, and yellowing soles are just some of the pre-distressed designs seen on most Golden Goose Deluxe Brand sneakers.
With a premium price that starts from $495, the shoes are truly unique to their own.
Partner the distressed sneakers with a dress that stands out for a completely unique sneaker plus dress combination.
Add a couple of accessories on the ankle or wear the sneakers without socks. The Super-Star from Golden Goose Deluxe Brand will go along well with any of those.
Back to the sneaker’s details, the Golden Goose Star is placed on the lateral side of each pair. The midfoot area also has various letterings that usually spell out “GGDB”, but can also be different depending on the design.
A lot of designs and colorways can be found on the Golden Goose Deluxe Brand website, but most of them are limited-edition and quite hefty on the budget. But they’re still a popular shoe anyway, despite all the issues that they faced.
Veja V-10 Sneaker
One of the pioneers of using raw materials for a more sustainable shoe with the premium quality that a lot of people look for, the Veja V-10 is another good option to go along with a dress.
A more modern take on lifestyle shoes compared to the simple and classic silhouettes such as the Esplar, the Veja V-10 is sporty and looks like a tribute to vintage trainers in the past.
The sneaker boasts the brand’s alternative upper material called CWL that is bio-sourced and composed of corn. CWL stands for “Cotton Worked as Leather”. The vamp section is exposed and also made with CWL. This material replaced the leather or synthetic leather used by most brands when creating footwear. The iconic V logo is made of rubber and is placed on both the lateral and medial side of each pair.
More sustainable content are used throughout other areas of the shoe. The lining is made with a mix of organic cotton and recycled polyester and has a padded interior for better comfort. The insole utilizes wild rubber and synthetic materials as well.
The vulcanized soles are made of wild rubber and are outsourced from the Amazon forest through practical and ethical standards with the help of the locals that harvest and manage the resources.
All sneakers are made in the Porto Alegre region of Brazil, where the brand also collects the raw and recyclable materials used to process and manufacture their products.
Styling them is pretty easy. Any dress is suitable with a pair of the Veja V-10 because they’re another simple and classic sneaker that boasts comfort and sustainability at the same time. The V logo is probably as iconic to ladies as the Nike Swoosh is iconic to most sneakerheads.
With a retail price of $150, it’s a pretty good deal considering that every pair is made in Brazil and is outsourced responsibly to ensure that the consumer gets the premium and durable quality that people look for in a sneaker. Aside from the fact that the sneaker looks great with dresses, it’s also a means to help reduce pollution and control global warming - so it’s definitely a win-win situation right here.
A lot of ladies who wear dresses are actually secretly sneakerheads. So don’t underestimate the knowledge they have about fashion and sneakers. Best believe that they’ll keep surprising people with their great taste for sneakers while wearing a dress. Truly a sophisticated style that not everybody could pull off.
There are a lot of sneakers that can be worn with dresses, these are just some of the most stylish and the more popular among a wide variety of options so feel free to rock any pair that suits best with a dress.