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Gender-Neutral Footwear: 13 Classic Shoe Styles for Men or Women

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi

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In recent years, there has been a growing interest in gender-neutral collections. Not only are designers exploring more unisex designs, but presenting them with runway shows that feature a non-binary group of models.

And earlier this month, the California Market Center announced its new trade show event will focus on genderless products. 

But androgynous dressing is nothing new. Throughout the years, style icons including David Bowie, Mick Jaggar, Katherine Hepburn and Marlene Dietrich have popularized the look. And a number of shoe brands have been crossing gender lines for decades.

Below are 13 classic footwear styles that are gender-free (even if they didn’t necessarily start that way).

1. Dr. Martens 1460 boot

Originally embraced by Britain’s punks and mods, the brand continues to resonate with a new generation of rule-averse consumers.

Dr. Martens 1460 boot

 

2. Adidas Superstar sneaker

The nearly 50-year-old shell-toe sneaker is a favorite of everyone from Pharrell to Gigi Hadid and Rita Ora.

Adidas Superstar shell-toe sneaker

 

3. Birkenstock Arizona sandal

The Arizona has been a wardrobe staple for 1970s flower children and 1990s grunge kids. Today, the Brand of the Year enjoys widespread appeal.

Birkenstock Arizona sandal

 

4. Nike Air Huarache sneaker

Hard to believe that Tinker Hatfield designed the Huarache for running, as it’s now one of Nike’s most popular lifestyle sneakers.

Nike Air Huarache sneaker

 

5. Timberland 6-inch Premium boot

Season after season, Timberland shows the versatility of its 6-inch boot with special design collabs, but it’s hard to deny the power of the classic wheat look.

Timberland 6-inch Premium wheat boot

 

6. Tod’s Gommino driving moc

The driving moccasin was originally made for speeding through the Italian countryside in fast, expensive cars. And today it is still associated with luxury and style.

Tod’s Gommino driving moccasin

 

7. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star high-top

Born on the basketball court, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star has become an emblem of youth culture for every generation.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Hi

 

8. Sperry Authentic Original 2-Eye boat shoe

Want that preppy boating look without ever stepping on deck? Sperry’s classic boat shoe has been delivering since the 1930s.

Sperry Authentic Original 2-eye boat shoe

 

9. Bass Logan Weejuns penny loafer

Now viewed as a dressy men’s and women’s flat, the original Weejuns design was based on a moccasin worn for “loafing in the field.”

Bass Logan Weejuns

 

10. Vans Slip-On sneaker

While Sean Penn’s appearance in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” made the Vans Checkerboard Slip-on a hit, today the silhouette is sported by men and women alike.

Vans Checkerboard Slip-On sneaker

 

11. L.L. Bean duck boot

Rainy weather is a truly universal problem, which L.L. Bean’s duck boot has been addressing since 1911.

L.L. Bean duck boot

 

12. Puma Suede sneaker

Introduced at the 1968 Olympics, the Suede underwent a few tweaks in the 1970s to suit basketball icon Walt “Clyde” Frazier, and its place in popular culture was thus cemented.

Puma Suede sneaker

 

13. Clarks Desert Boot

Since Nathan Clark launched the Desert Boot in the 1950s, the shoe has become the definition of casually stylish.

Clarks Desert Boot

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