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Mother’s Day is just over a month away (it falls on May 9 this year), which means it’s time to start planning what to get her. When it comes to moms who already have it all, finding the perfect gift can be difficult — but a pair of kicks won’t disappoint. Whether she’s a runner or simply craves comfort in her everyday life, sneakers are a practical gift she’ll use over and over again.
In fact, they’re available in a range of performance and lifestyle-focused silhouettes perfect for completing any woman’s wardrobe. And, if your mom is eco-conscious, there are sneakers that she will feel proud to wear, too. Nowadays, many brands are creating sustainably made styles to reduce carbon emissions and waste in the environment. Companies like Rothy’s and Allbirds offer guilt-free designs that don’t sacrifice style, either.
To make your shopping a little easier, we’ve rounded up our top sneaker picks for mom. While you won’t find chunky dad shoes among the mix (these silhouettes may be too bold to fit her style), the list does include a range of timeless and versatile looks she’ll be eager to pair with everything from leggings to jeans and blouse combos. And for moms who aren’t afraid to sport some color below the ankle, we’ve included vibrant pairs featuring standout hues like red and ocean-inspired tie dye prints.
Fair warning: Every pair is so good you may just be tempted to buy one for yourself, too, and twin with mom. And as an added bonus, these pairs won’t break the bank, either, as they’re all priced at $150 or less.
Read on to shop them.
A favorite of soon-to-be mom Meghan Markle, Reebok’s Classic white sneaker features a contrast gum sole, soft leather upper and EVA midsole for added comfort.
Ryka Raya Walking Sneaker
Help her get her steps in (in style) with Ryka’s Raya Walking Sneaker. Specially designed to fit a woman’s foot, the shoe features a breathable mesh upper and lightweight EVA midsole with the brand’s RE-ZORB active foam for a plush feel underfoot. A traction rubber outsole with colorful accents also create a cute, stabilizing look.
A cool sneaker-boot hybrid, Lifestride’s Eden can be paired with casual looks or dressier dinner date ensembles. Its faux leather upper with side zipper detailing offers a sleek look, while a high-rebound foam insole with arch support will keep her feet comfortable wherever she goes.
Brooks Revel 4
Feeling good about her gear can help her have a more confident stride, and she’ll love hitting the pavement in Brooks’ Revel 4. The latest installment in the brand’s popular Revel Series is available in a range of standout colorways, including this fun camouflage-accented option. For performance, its outsole has been updated with BioMoGo DNA and Green Rubber for a springy ride, plus an arrow-pointed pattern for speedy transitions.
If your mom likes the sporty look, the Adidas NMD_R1 is a great pick. It features a stretchy knit upper inspired by the wearable tech trend of the ’80s, updated with the brand’s responsive boost cushioning for comfortable cruising.
Allbirds Tree Runner
Self-branded as “the world’s most comfortable shoes,” Allbird’s lifestyle sneakers are made with breathable, sustainable uppers and an ultra-lightweight sole — making them perfect for travel, running errands or practically any activity. Allbirds’ Tree Runner model features a breezy eucalyptus tree upper that’s perfect to wear when temperatures rise.
J. Crew Metallic Road Trip Sneakers
Glamour meets casual comfort in J. Crew’s Metallic Road Trip Sneaker. An updated take on a classic silhouette, the slip-on style features a lovely rose gold metallic finish that can easily dress up basic outfits.
Soludos Pressed Floral Ibiza Sneaker
Nothing says spring more like a floral white sneaker. Soludos’ Pressed Floral Ibiza Sneakers are anything but expected, however, with their delicate embroidered details set atop eco-friendly leather uppers. For support, the sneakers also feature an Ortholite footbed.
Nike Venture Runner
For under $70, you can cop these chic lifestyle kicks from Nike. Complete with a vibrant check detail and suede overlays, the 80s-inspired Nike Venture Runner is an ideal pick for the mom who’s particularly trendy.
New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V1 Reissue
Help kick her runs into high gear with the New Balance Fresh Foam Cruz V1 Reissue, featuring a supportive midfoot saddle, breathable knit upper and deconstructed heel for easy on and off access.
Rothy’s The Sneaker
Rothy’s The Sneaker can elevate denim or dress down a skirt. Plus, the wear-with-everything slip-ons are machine-washable, so it’s a breeze to keep them looking like new even after repeated use.
Turn your mom into the coolest on the block with these Vans’ Authentic. Featuring a low-profile silhouette, these sneakers are available in a variety of colors for easy outfit pairings.
While the high-top version of this Converse sneaker may seem a little too ’90s-grunge for mom, the low-top style offers a slightly more understated approach that will pair well with countless casual looks in her closet.
Vionic Zeliya Lace Up Sneaker
Vionic’s Zeliya is a stylish sneaker that’s also designed to support the arches as well as stabilize and cushion your foot. The high-tech lacing system keeps your foot secure while a flexible rubber sole allows for ultimate mobility.
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Blowfish Malibu Play
Nowadays, it seems like everyone and their mother are breaking out funky tie-dye prints. To keep your mom on the trendy side at an affordable price, check out Blowfish Malibu’s Play tie-dyed option. Plus, these easy-to-wear slip-on sneakers are available in addition in 30 different colorways with a version for every taste.
Journee Collection Jordan Espadrille Sneaker
If your mom prefers cool and casual sneakers over a more athletic silhouette, feast your eyes on the Journee Collection’s Jordan Espadrille Sneaker. Made with a faux suede upper and rope-coated sole, this summery sneaker makes the perfect addition to her warm weather lineup.
Comme Des Garçons x Converse Chuck Taylors
From famous Japanese fashion brand Comme Des Garçons comes this playful take on a Converse classic. Available in green and white, the low-top Comme Des Garçons x Converse Chuck Taylors are branded with CDG’s iconic heart logos across both the lateral and medial sides.
On Cloud X
Blending together top-of-the-line technology from both running and training shoes, the On Cloud X is the dream workout shoe for active moms. Breathable mesh uppers provide maximum airflow, while an engineered heel cap with a precision-molded cushion pad softens and stabilizes every step. What’s more, a Zero Gravity CloudTec sole cushions without weighing down their stride.
Veja Esplar SE
French sneaker brand Veja is favorited by the likes of Katie Holmes and Emily Ratajkowski for its ever sleek and effortless styles. Give your mom celebrity-inspired footwear with Veja’s Esplar SE, featuring hot pink — one of spring’s top colors.
Petite moms who desire a little boost without sacrificing comfort will appreciate Superga’s Linea platform sneaker. It features a 1.5-inch base and stylish cotton uppers that match well with any look.
Turn heads in these wow-worthy Madewell Sidewalk sneakers with a comfortable low-top silhouette and bold multicolored snakeskin accents.
Hoka One One Bondi 7
Give your mom the gift of Reese Witherspoon’s favorite footwear brand. Finished with full-length EVA cushioning and open-weave mesh uppers, Hoka One One’s Bondi 7 running shoe uses the brand’s Meta-Rocker technology to ensure consistency no matter the distance.
Saucony Originals Hornet
Available in seven different colorways, you can stock up on Saucony Originals’ Hornet. The colorful yet comfortable low-top sneakers utilize 100% leather uppers mixed with dual-tone overlays and matching laces for an all-out look.
Puma Pacer Next Cage
With foot-hugging mesh upper, Puma’s Pacer Next Cage sneaker is a great pick for both hitting the gym, a full day of work or a quick run to the store. A feather-light midsole adds cushioning and the sock-style slip-on feel makes for quick accessibility when you’re on the go.