The 10 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)

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 or 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

Puma Cali Bold (Photo: Zappos)

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

Shop it: Puma Cali Bold, $80, zappos.com

Vionic Keke

Vionic Keke. (Photo: Zappos)

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

Shop it: Vionic Keke, $140, zappos.com

Propet Nixie

Propet Nixie. (Photo: Zappos)

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

Shop it: Propet Nixie, $75, zappos.com

Adidias Adizero Club 2

Adidias Adizero Club 2. (Photo: Zappos)

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

Shop it: Adidias Adizero Club 2, $65 (Was $80), zappos.com

Reebok Lifestyle Aztrek 96

Reebok Lifestyle Arztrek 96. (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 Arztrek 96, $90, zappos.com

Skechers Performance Go Walk 5

Skechers Performance Go Walk 5. (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, $60, zappos.com

Toms Venice Collection Alpargata Boardwalk

Toms Venice Collection Alpargata Boardwalk. (Photo: Zappos)

An espadrille-sneaker hybrid in a colorblock pattern to make you feel like you’re still on vacation.

Shop it: Toms Venice Collection Alpargata Boardwalk, $65, zappos.com

Steve Madden Emmi Platform Sneaker

Steve Madden Emmi Platform Sneaker. (Photo: Zappos)

The white platform and fun leopard print make this feel more like a cool shoe than a sneaker.

Shop it: Steve Madden Emmi Platform Sneaker, $50, zappos.com

Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker—40% Off

Ecco Soft 7 Sneaker. (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, $90 (Was$150), zappos.com

Vionic Demetra Slip-on

Vionic Demetra Slip-On (Photo: Zappos)

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

Shop it: Vionic Demetra Slip-On, $130, zappos.com

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

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