The 8 best sneakers for college and beyond (even if you graduated in '86)

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Shop back-to-school sneakers even if you aren't the one going off to campus. (Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle)
Shop back-to-school sneakers even if you aren't the one going off to campus. (Photo: Yahoo Lifestyle)

Fashion guru Andrea Linett, author of The Cool Factor, and style blog I Want to Be Her! makes a case for sneakers—at any age.

You don’t have to be a college student to appreciate a good pair of kicks. Sneakers work for any age and can be so many things: chic, fun, functional, and, of course, comfy. Yes, they’re inherently casual, but the right pair can actually elevate an outfit. Trending now: exaggerated “runners” with fun color mixes, monochrome brights like saturated orange, plain old (yet super chic) white leather versions and easy slip-on styles that cleverly look like loafers. 

Whether you’re 22 or 62, these stylish and comfy pairs will give your look that extra kick:

Puma Cali Bold

These certainly make a statement. (Photo: Amazon)
These certainly make a statement. (Photo: Amazon)

The bold Puma logo makes these otherwise simple sneakers that much cooler.

Shop it: Puma Cali Bold, starting at $55, amazon.com

Vionic Keke

The perforated leather keeps the shoe breathable. (Photo: Amazon)
The perforated leather keeps the shoe breathable. (Photo: Amazon)

A sleek black style with a clean white sole works with sweats or nice trousers.

Shop it: Vionic Keke, starting at $35, amazon.com

Propét Nixie

Just like walking on clouds. (Photo: Amazon)
Just like walking on clouds. (Photo: Amazon)

Looks like a chic French sneaker, feels like a cushioned dream!

Shop it: Propét Nixie, starting at $20, amazon.com

Adidas Adizero Club

Sporty and stylish. (Photo: Amazon)
Sporty and stylish. (Photo: Amazon)

If you want to stand out, try a fun purple number — cool color, same sneaker comfort. A win-win!

Shop it: Adidas Adizero Club, starting at $64, amazon.com

Reebok Lifestyle Aztrek 96

It looks like a mosaic of color. (Photo: Zappos)
It looks like a mosaic of color. (Photo: Zappos)

Just like the ones all the fashion girls are wearing with printed midi skirts and high-waist pants (plus these are actually functional).

Shop it: Reebok Lifestyle Aztrek 96, $64 (was $90), zappos.com

Skechers Performance Go Walk 5

How cute are these? (Photo: Zappos)
How cute are these? (Photo: Zappos)

How about an easy slip-on that feels like a sock but looks like a stylish shoe?

Shop it: Skechers Performance Go Walk 5, $59, zappos.com

Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker

Are they oxfords or sneakers? (Photo: Zappos)
Are they oxfords or sneakers? (Photo: Zappos)

The fiery orange shade and matching laces give a nice pop of color to a monochromatic outfit.

Shop it: Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker, $160, zappos.com

Vionic Demetra Slip-on

These embossed sneakers are oh-so stylish. (Photo: Vionic)
These embossed sneakers are oh-so stylish. (Photo: Vionic)

Faux croc and a slip-on shape make these look more like a chic loafer. Shhh...

Shop it: Vionic Demetra Slip-On, $78 (was $130), vionic.com

For more style inspiration check out Andrea Linett’s style blog, I Want to Be Her.

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