The 32 best pairs of sneakers to give as gifts this year

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Sneakers make for great gifts all year long, but the holiday season is the absolute best time to lace someone special with a new pair. Whether you’re shopping for a true sneaker collector or are simply running out of gift ideas, you really can’t go wrong with these picks.

Instead of entering raffles, battling bots online, or standing in chaotic lines at retail stores in an attempt to buy the best sneakers, take a look through this list and shop hassle-free.

From classics that never go out of style and modern runners to minimal designs and all wool sneakers, there are plenty of amazing sneakers that are readily available online. These are the 32 best pairs to gift — and a rundown on why each is so cool.

Most of these items are available with expedited shipping, and some should arrive within a few days’ time, so don’t stress too hard about your last-minute shopping — just remember that the sooner you order, the better your chances of a timely arrival.

Looking for more gift ideas? Check out all of Insider Picks’ holiday gift guides for 2018 here.

Adidas NMD

Shop all NMDs at Adidas here, starting at $130

When the Adidas NMD first launched in 2015, it became extremely popular for its comfort, style, and a wide selection of available colorways. Designed for the urban nomad, the sneakers are made for on-the-go lifestyles. A full-length Boost midsole provides cloud-like comfort and the one-piece Primeknit upper makes them easy to pack in a bag and travel with.

Allbirds Wool Runners

Allbirds Wool Runners, $95, available in 13 colorways

If sustainability is important to the person you’re shopping for, then the Allbirds Wool Runners are the perfect sneakers for them. Created by New Zealand native Tim Brown and San Francisco-based engineer and renewables expert Joey Zwillinger, the Wool Runners are made of super soft merino wool. The wool actually has many natural properties that make for amazing sneakers. They’re lightweight and breathable, cool in the heat, warm in the cold, and for those who like to go sockless, they’re machine-washable and odor-resistant, too. And if you’re shopping for little ones, the brand also sells kids’ size shoes ingeniously named Smallbirds.


Nike Air Vapormax

Shop all Air VaporMaxes at Nike here, starting at $190

The Nike Air VaporMax launched on March 26, 2017 — exactly 30 years after the original Air Max 1 released. As a testament to the brand’s strides in innovation, the Air VaporMax features the most Air in any Nike sneaker ever. The unique design strips away unnecessary elements of a shoe (like a midsole) by sitting the Flyknit upper directly on top of large sectioned Air units.

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