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Trending now: 5 of the best retro sneakers for women

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Words by April Hollamby

After a long reign of big, bold chunky styles, there’s been a shift in sneaker trends. Enter the minimal retro sneaker: classic and nostalgic, this archival-inspired silhouette has the perfect design formula of timelessness, versatility and wearability. Here, we highlight the most popular retro styles right now on FARFETCH, from the iconic adidas Samba design to the unmistakable Super-Star by Golden Goose, including their design details, the best colorways, and all your need-to-know size and fit advice.

adidas Samba Classic

 

One of the most recognizable adidas silhouettes of all time, the Samba was first released in 1949 and originally designed for use on slippery football pitches. Since then, it’s evolved into an iconic sneaker fit for every closet, loved for its pared-back, curved shape and signature T-toe detail. This classic monochrome design, fitted with an oversized logo tongue, is a key callout if you’re looking for a perennial pair you’ll turn to again and again. Mirroring the Samba’s minimalist aesthetic, other equally as iconic styles from the powerhouse include the Gazelle — available on FARFETCH in a myriad of colorways — and the limited-edition Squash Polta AKH sneakers, created in collaboration with British designer Craig Green.

 

SIZING: This pair fits true to size. We recommend opting for your regular size.

CARE: Use a soft bristle brush and warm soapy water to gently remove stains from the leather and sole. Use a suede protector on the suede paneling and wash shoelaces on a cold wash in the machine.

STORE: Keep them in their original dust bag and box to ensure they look fresh for longer.

Toteme monogram

 

Stockholm-based brand Toteme has established itself as a go-to for pared-back pieces with a high-quality/low-effort aesthetic. These white monogram sneakers from the label’s spring/summer 2022 collection are a strong case in point. Taking cues from a simple tennis shoe design which dates back to the late 1800s, this pair is modernized with appliquéd suede accents — inspired by the label’s logo — and finished with a vintage-inspired gum sole, molded with the monogram. The perfect starting point to build a capsule wardrobe with tailoring, jeans and sweater combinations, this sleek style is available in multiple colorways and fabrications including white leather, gray and black suede.

 

SIZING: This pair fits true to size. We recommend opting for your regular size.

CARE: Use a soft bristle brush and warm soapy water to gently remove stains from the leather and sole. Use a suede protector on the monogram trim and wash shoelaces on a cold wash in the machine.

STORE: Keep them in their original dust bag and box to ensure they look fresh for longer.

TOTEME low-top lace-up sneakers

TOTEME

low-top lace-up sneakers

$513

New Balance RC30

 

Reimagining a hero design from the New Balance archive, the RC30 sneaker serves as a modern revival of the original Trackster. Modernized with a ripple-effect upper, the curved outsole and midfoot lift celebrate the 1970s construction methods of the era’s competitive racing silhouettes. The signature ‘N’ branding is subtly detailed with rounded edges, inspired by the brand’s pre-N logo overlay. New Balance’s RC30 sneaker highlights include the navy, off-white, and gray/black colorways — plus the covetable ‘Golden Hour’ edition designed in collaboration with Donald Glover — all available to shop now on FARFETCH.

 

SIZING: This pair fits true to size. We recommend opting for your regular size.

CARE: Use a soft bristle brush and warm soapy water to gently remove stains from the leather and sole. Use a suede protector on the suede paneling and wash shoelaces on a cold wash in the machine.

STORE: Keep them in their original dust bag and box to ensure they look fresh for longer.

JW Anderson Bubble

 

Aptly named after its rounded rubber sole, the Bubble sneaker — part of JW Anderson’s spring/summer 22 collection — resembles a modern update to the retro plimsoll design originating from the 1920s. Showcasing another minimalist design, this style comes in off-white with a natural gum sole. For those who prefer a more playful option for the retro sneaker trend, opt for the rainbow color-block version with yellow logo-embroidered canvas fabrication. For styling, consider pairing these with more vintage pieces, or keep it simple with a white T-shirt, jeans and jacket combination for the perfect transeasonal look.

 

SIZING: This pair fits true to size. We recommend opting for your regular size.

CARE: Use a soft bristle brush and warm soapy water to gently remove stains from the leather panels and sole. Wash shoelaces on a cold wash in the machine.

STORE: Keep them in their original dust bag and box to ensure they look fresh for longer.

Golden Goose Super-Star

 

Gaining popularity back in the 2000s, the Super-Star sneaker quickly became a signature for Golden Goose. Every pair is handcrafted in Italy, individually distressed and customized by artisans. Here, the retro vibe plays out in the unique customization of the upper — a modern update on the classic tennis shoe silhouette. The Super-Star sneakers’ signature worn finishes play into the mood for ‘worn-in’ designs while maintaining the appeal of box-fresh sneakers. Designs range from simple distressed effects — imperfect leather finishes and scuff marks — to high-octane customizations created with marker pens, glitter and studs.

 

SIZING: This pair fits true to size. We recommend opting for your regular size.

CARE: Use a soft bristle brush and warm soapy water to gently remove stains from the leather and sole. Wash shoelaces on a cold wash in the machine.

STORE: Keep them in their original dust bag and box to ensure they look fresh for longer.

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