Just a decade ago, I only owned two sets of sporty shoes: my trusty Wave Rider Mizunos, reserved solely for exercise, and the Chucks Taylors I ran errands in. A few years later, after a visit to Paris, I briefly dabbled in Bensimons because those are what all the French school girls wear. But in the last 12 months, I’ve added some Supergas to the mix. And Vans skater slides. And Nike trainers, and Reebok shape-ups, and white Adidas Samoas, and mesh Keds, and, uh, another pair of Nike trainers. Sneakers have managed to take over my closet.
I’m not alone. Ever since Isabel Marant dropped her genius hidden wedge high-tops on the fashion world—or was it when Chanel’s haute couture show included straight up running shoes?—athletic footwear has transitioned from something you only wear at the gym to an everyday essential. You really can’t get by on just one pair anymore; without the seven key styles in the slideshow above, you’ll be missing out on all kinds of outfit possibilities. Click through to beef up your sneaker wardrobe now.