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Valentine’s Day is normally a day of love, dinner dates, and — if you’re lucky — cute gift exchanges. But you don’t really need a significant other to celebrate the day. You can show any loved one appreciation or, even better, wine and dine and shower yourself with gifts to celebrate Singles Awareness Day.

Brands have a long history of dropping themed kicks on Valentine’s Day — as they do with virtually every other “noteworthy occasion.” This year, the usual suspects ranging from Nike and adidas to New Balance, Reebok, and Converse, have come through with lovely V-Day offerings.

Whether you’re looking for a new pair for bae or for yourself, we’ve put together a roundup of 2021’s best Valentine’s Day sneakers.

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Release Date: February 13
Price: $140
Buy: Nike and select retailers
Editor’s Notes: Nike’s Valentine’s Day Air Max 90 features several hidden details. Concealed underneath a buttoned flap on the tongues, you will find the phrases “ME + AM90 = TRUE LOVE” and “AM 90 4EVER.” Another subtle detail is that a heart is used to dot the “i” in the “Air” branding. Needless to say, the entire colorway features hits of pink and red, which are obvious nods to V-Day.

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Release Date: Available now
Price: $180
Buy: adidas
Editor’s Notes: adidas’ Valentine’s Day Ultraboost 4.0 DNA is outfitted with an exclusive Valentine’s Day print across the back. The lacing cage and the medial portion of the midsole are adorned with multicolored hearts to further commemorate the holiday. A second Valentine’s Day print graces the insoles to complete the design.

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Release Date: Available now
Price: $120
Buy: New Balance
Editor’s Notes: Unlike the Air Max 90 and Ultraboost 4.0 DNA, New Balance’s “Pink Glo” 57/40 relies on its color scheme alone to convey the Valentine’s Day theme. The sneaker’s pink leather upper is paired with a neo flame midsole to deliver a fierce color combination that is sure to turn heads.

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Release Date: Available now
Price: $110
Buy: Reebok
Editor’s Notes: This year, Reebok has reimagined the Club C 85 for Valentine’s Day. Arriving in a “Chalk/Merlot” colorway, the low-top sneaker allows you to express love for that special someone — or yourself — with a customizable “To:” and “From:” section on the sockliner. Elsewhere, the Club C 85 features embroidered hearts on the tongue and heel.

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Release Date: Available now
Price: $90
Buy: Converse.com
Editor’s Notes: Converse’s 2021 Valentine’s Day collection comprises multiple takes on the Chuck Taylor. Our favorite from the assortment is the red Chuck 70 thanks to its embroidered detailing. The canvas sneaker is adorned with hearts and “Made With Love” messaging, while also boasting a heart-printed outsole.

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Release Date: Available now
Price: $110 (originally)
Buy: GOAT
Editor’s Notes: Nike is keeping with tradition — one that dates back to 2004 — by releasing a celebratory Valentine’s Day Air Force 1 this year. While multiple variations are on tap for 2021, our favorite iteration features a clean white upper branded with an off-white Swoosh on the side, one that matches the midsole below. In honor of the holiday, a heart has been implemented towards the heel, while additional red branding appears on the tongue and heels.

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Release Date: Available now
Price: $110
Buy: adidas
Editor’s Notes: At first glance, adidas’ Valentine’s Day Superstar looks a lot like a Human Made collaboration thanks to the heart embroidered at the heel. This isn’t a joint effort, however, rather a detail that references the holiday.

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