Each new season offers the chance to forecast the latest fashion trends, and footwear style is no different. Our favourite streetwear sneaker trends for 2021 come in the form of reimagined designs, an unexpected fusion of styles and a resurgence of the faithful favourites. 

So, it’s time to get on board with the most popular trainers right now, and get in the know with the latest Sole Scene streetwear sneaker edit below. 

Retro Sneakers 

When it comes to sneaker designs this year, we’ll be kicking it back with retro feel trainers that take us back to simpler times (remember those?). The Air Jordan 1 Mids have seen a surge in popularity lately with their oh-so-cool mid-top take on the classic Air Jordans and that recognisable silhouette. With bold colour combinations that give off real 80’s vibes, such as Arctic Pink, Racer Blue and Shadow with a pop of colour on the sole and Nike logo, the retro aesthetic of the Air Jordan 1 Mids make them the perfect addition to your loungewear wardrobe or day-to-day jeans and t-shirt look.


If pops of bright colour aren’t your thing, style purists can rejoice at this upcoming laidback sneaker trend for 2021 - sophisticated minimalism. Think an all-white sneaker or an all-black knitted upper - such as the Yeezy 350 Black -  with small label branding adding a simple yet classy addition to jeans or joggers. This particular trainer trend can go hand-in-hand with various designs, such as the classic take on your favourite sneakers - a pair of white Sacai x Nike LD Waffle trainers could be your go-to footwear choice for spring! If you fancy a break from the attention grabbing colour-blocking sneakers style of late, and want to make a cool statement with the much more sleek minimalist aesthetic for your next streetwear purchase. 


A fashion hybrid of sorts, athleisure definitely came into its own as a genre of style thanks to the focus on combining comfort and style during the last year. Elevating that loungewear style with athleisure approved streetwear sneakers is key to harnessing this popular approach to dressing in 2021. Those that dig the sporty look will love the wearability of the athletic designs mixed with the casual aesthetic that this athleisure fusion promises. Your everyday trainers can be easily elevated if you opt for Off White x Nike Air Presto White which will kickstart those springtime vibes. Forget the gym, the athleisure sneakers are designed to be shown off in every setting. 

Designer Collabs

High-end fashion designers and celebrities alike are tuning into the streetwear sneaker trends of late, and this year there’s plenty of designer collaborations to be unveiled in the luxury footwear world. The recent Nike Air Jordan 1 x Travis Scott collab got sneakerheads sitting up and paying attention with the unique approach to reimagining the classic Nike tick (the first time that the synonymous Nike tick appears backwards) and sleek colour palette of black, white and mocha. An alternative option is the Nike Jordan 1 Mocha sneakers which offer a similar colour palette at a more wallet-friendly cost.

Even iconic fashion houses such as Dior provided its luxe take on the traditional Air Jordans with the 2020 launch of the Dior Air Jordan 1 High sneakers. Footwear brands are teaming up with influential figures and designers to drop the hottest new sneaker designs so keep an eye out for the latest collabs because they’re bound to be highly sought after releases.

To get your footwear fix, Sole Scene has the perfect showcase of streetwear sneaker styles from the likes of Nike and Yeezy to get your wardrobe up to speed with the freshest designs.

March 09, 2021 — Ollie Simpson
Tags: spring trends