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Lupita Nyong’o’s Black Sneakers Are Equal Parts Stylish & Affordable

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Lupita Nyong'o has been seriously slaying the red carpet, with many more show-stopping looks sure to make their debut this awards season. But she's not only a dressing master on the carpet — off it, she knows the importance of piecing together an outfit that's comfortable and fashion-forward, especially while traveling. Enter, Lupita Nyong’o’s black sneakers: the stylish and affordable footwear pick your closet in missing.

It's no secret that shoes, whether classy, elevated heels or chunky, lugged-soled sneakers, can cost a pretty penny. But Nyong'o isn't one to dish out big bucks for either — or so it seems. Just last week, the Black Panther actor showed up to the Golden Globes in a pair of $45 heels from Aldo — yes, you read that correctly. Prior to that, she attended a Dec. 5 event in a Jean Paul Gaultier pinstripe suit that she styled with $89 pumps.

The most recent affordable shoe sighting happened on Jan. 11, when Nyong'o was photographed at LAX airpot. She donned the ultimate comfort-leaning travel getup — one that consisted of black, star-printed sweatpants, a crisp, white turtleneck, and a slightly oversized zip-up hoodie. She carried a big, white puffer coat in hand, presumably because the L.A. temperatures didn't require the heavier top layer.

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But the true standout piece that added a dash of old-school edge to her look? A pair of $95 Vans that are not only stylish and affordable, but also super practical. They're designed in a weather-resistant leather upper and feature a platform, boot-like sole that promises maximum traction. Other noteworthy elements? The leopard-print, faux-fur collar, a heat retention layer that keeps your feet warm and dry, and padded collars for extra support and flexibility.

In other words, Nyong'o may just have found the edgy sneakers to replace your need for snow boots this winter. As for how to wear them? Style the kicks as she did, with comfy sweatpants and a hoodie, or team them with loose-fitting, light-wash jeans, a simple black tee, and a grungy, studded leather jacket.

Ahead, The Zoe Report rounded up the most covetable sneakers on the market right now, including the practical pair Nyong'o just rocked. Bonus: They're all under $100.

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Sk8-Hi Platform MTE

$95

Vans

Though Nyong'o styled these super-cool Vans sneakers with sportier pieces, they pair just as well with more casual-chic ones. Think: white jeans, a black turtleneck, and an oversized moto jacket.

2750 Crushed Velvet Lace Up Sneakers

$36

Superga

Kate Middleton loves a good pair of Supergas, and you will, too. These, designed in trend-forward, mustard-colored velvet, are perfect for winter. Style them with your favorite leather pants for a cool mix of textures.

Old Skool Platform Sneaker

$65

Vans

The classic Vans you wore in high school keep getting better. This pair still has that vintage, old-school touch, but the platform sole makes them feel slightly more elevated.

Classic Cortez Leather Sneakers

$45

Nike

Here's another old-school sneaker you won't be able to say no to. Bonus: They're marked down 50 percent right now.

Chuck Taylor All Star 70 Embroidered Canvas High-Top Sneakers

$29

Converse

These aren't your average Converse. Sure, white and black are great, versatile picks, but these flamingo-embroidered ones are simply too cute to pass up. Rock them with a mini dress, cropped denim, or a leather skirt.