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The 7 coolest sneakers you need this summer

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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.

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& Other Stories x Vans Linen Slip-On, $100

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.


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Adidas Stan Smith Primeknit Sneaker, $110

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.


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Alexander Wang Sneaker Espadrilles, $425

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.



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Keds Triple Decker Linen, $60

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.


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NikeCourt Tennis Classic Ultra Flyknit, $150

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.)


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Reebok Club C Pastel Sneaker, $74.99

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.


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People Footwear Phillips Knit Sneaker, $89

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.

Cool sneakers? Check. Stylish swimsuit? Check! Oh, and don’t forget to load up on these indispensable summer beauty products.