For most of us, sky-high platforms and 6-inch stilettos are nice … for about five minutes. Luckily, working from home has fueled a comfortable shoe trend that doesn't appear to be going anywhere. In 2023, sneakers are now a perfectly acceptable — and stylish — option not just for hanging out and running errands, but for work and more formal occasions.
And we're not the only ones who think that. Just ask celebrity stylist Brendan Cannon.
“Sneakers really go with everything right now," Cannon tells Shop TODAY. “Not only are they extremely versatile, but they add an instant cool factor to any outfit."
To channel a hip, laid-back vibe to all of your outfits, we rounded up sneakers that can easily be worn from day to night. Keep reading for the best stylist- and Shop TODAY-recommended kicks to pair with everything from dresses to mom jeans to work slacks and beyond.
- Sneakers to wear with dresses and skirts
- Sneakers to wear with mom jeans
- Sneakers to wear with work pants
Sneakers to wear with dresses and skirts
This all-white sneaker is a great option for those days you want to keep it casual. The design has a sleek silhouette with a slightly elevated footbed for added support. Complement your flowy skirt and maxi dresses with this knit sneaker that won't make your feet sweat.
These iconic high-tops come in a variety of colors to match your look. They have a rising ankle silhouette that makes more of a statement than their low-top counterparts. Wear them with with all hem lengths from maxi to mini.
Add a sporty finish to a floral frock with these low-top canvas kicks. According to the brand, each pair is crafted from recycled plastic bottles and ethically sourced materials such as organic cotton and bamboo. If white isn’t your jam, there are 16 other colors to choose from.
These timeless sneakers feature suede accents and retro Nike branding that will uplift any outfit. Shop TODAY intern Jem Alabi has worn these shoes since middle school and says they "somehow look even better when they're dirty." But, don't worry, there are plenty of ways to clean white sneakers if spotless shoes are your style.
Veja — pronounced vey-ja — are an “it-girl” staple, as shown by the many celebs seen out in the popular shoe. This pair, with its minimal white-and-gold design, goes with everything from flowy dresses to miniskirts — and, according to the brand, they’re eco-friendly. The French footwear brand prides itself on using only ethical and sustainable materials.
Sneakers to wear with mom jeans
Finish a pair of cropped mom jeans with these canvas high tops that come in 24 colors. They have glowing Amazon reviews, with wearers commenting on how "comfortable" and "supportive" they are. With how affordable they are, you can get a few different colors.
Mom jeans — the high-waisted, relaxed style that was was everywhere in the ‘80s — is back with a vengeance. Cannon suggests wearing them with a pair of retro slip-on sneakers for the ultimate nostalgic look.
Cannon encourages his clients to have fun with mom jeans by anchoring them with throwback trainers. These vintage options channel that vibe, while also keeping a slim silhouette to match the more relaxed mom jean fit.
When you need a reliable shoe, Shop TODAY's senior SEO editor, Jess Bender, recommends these rain-ready waterproof kicks. She says these sneakers "haven't let me down yet (and I've had them for at least a year and a half)."
With a waterproof construction and rubber materials, this pair is meant for especially challenging days when puddles and slippery sidewalks are on your path.
Shop TODAY editorial assistant Sierra Hoeger got these Nike sneakers after she "saw how cool" her "sneakerhead sister" looked in them. Hoeger has worn the shoes for a year and recommends pairing them with jeans or slacks. She says they look great with sweats too, if you're aiming for a casual look.
Sneakers to wear with dress pants
Reebok pulled logos from its archives to deliver you this retro leather shoe. Shop TODAY associate editor Emma Stressman tested the kicks for Shop TODAY's Travel Awards and still wear them all the time. "They're comfy and stylish enough that I can wear them into the office," she says.
Combine a sporty shoe with dress pants for an effortlessly chic and comfy look. “Adidas look super cool with trousers,” Cannon says. These low-profile options can play double-duty with both work pants and flowy skirts for a laid-back vibe.
Cannon loves a sport shoe with a trouser pant. Nike’s beloved Air Force 1 sneakers would look sharp with straight-leg trousers, but you can really wear this versatile style with anything. Shop TODAY editor Julie Ricevuto can attest to the shoes' versatility — she has been wearing Air Force 1 sneakers since high school and doesn't plan to stop.
This modern shoe will elevate your work attire and keep you comfortable all day long. "Above style, my biggest concern when shopping for sneakers is comfort. I do a lot of walking and I'm always looking for the most comfortable shoe possible," says Shop TODAY associate editor Kamari Stewart.
What makes this pair of sneakers extra sophisticated is the handy zipper on the side for easy wear. Also, it comes with a cushioned footbed for additional coziness when walking.
These sustainable sneakers have a stain-proof upper and water-resistant coating that Shop TODAY editor Vivien Moon can't get enough of. She says, "all you have to do is clean the rubber and laces to look good as new!" Stewart has the solid white pair and says "they cleaned up beautifully in just a few minutes" after she wore them to a muddy music festival.