With pop-up shops devoted to cleaning your sneaks, experts lauding the health benefits of wearing flats, and even style-obsessed stars ditching their sky-high heels, it’s clear that the casual shoe trend shows no signs of stopping.
And the fact that you can rock a pair of classic sneaks with a cute dress for an office- or party-ready look means that sneakers are no longer the comfortable alternative to trendy shoes—they are the trendy shoes. (All hail a Band-Aid free summer!)
So what’s gonna replace those tattered Stan Smiths you relied on to get you through winter?
We’ve got an idea: From pineapple prints to knit kicks to—yes—a super-stylish twist on the white sneaker staple, these are the seven coolest shoes for summer.
The classic skater-inspired brand upped its fashion game by partnering with & Other Stories (which is basically H&M’s older, cooler sister) to bring you these breezy, perfect-for-summer linen slip-on sneaks.
You might want to sit down for this: The Stan Smith got a Flyknit-esque makeover. (Swoon, right?) If bubblegum pink’s not your thing, you can also pick up a pair in navy blue. After all, you need something that’s not white to lace up post-Labor Day.
You know it’s a trend when even high-fashion designers, like Alexander Wang, incorporate the white sneaker into their collections. This pair gets a summery update, thanks to the espadrille trim—which probably can’t handle a Barry’s workout, but would be perfect for park picnics or weekend brunch.
The pineapple has been everywhere—from activewear prints to drink mugs—and now it’s making a chic appearance on these slip-ons. Bonus points for the platform sole, which offers up a bit of height without compromising on comfort.
These are technically tennis shoes, but you’ll want to wear Nike’s newest Flyknits off the court as well. (Or hell, don’t even bother picking up a racket and just pair them with your favorite breezy summer dress.)
You heard it here first: Pale pink is going to be a big sneaker trend come fall. If you want to be ahead of the curve (duh)—and couldn’t get your hands on a pair of Rihanna‘s Puma creepers–go with these kicks from Reebok.
People Footwear is a relatively unknown, budget-friendly brand—for now, at least. Because once you come up with a pair of shoes inspired by both Converse All-Stars and Nike Flyknits, you’ll definitely be on the radar of more than a few sneakerheads.