5 Summer Sneakers That Are So Bright and Cheery, We Can’t Wait To Lace Up for a Workout

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Summer is coming, the sun is shining, and the great outdoors are calling your name to head outside for a run, walk, or, really, any kind of workout al fresco. Soaking up some sunlight comes with multiple benefits, from vitamin D to an enhanced mood—and possibly even a longer life. The only thing that could make an outdoor sweat sess even more enticing? A fresh, cute pair of summer sneakers.

There are many ways to enjoy your warm-weather workouts, but we all need a footwear refresh every so often. Why not celebrate the energy and vibrancy of the summer season with bright and fun sneakers? Lacing up a new pair of kicks can transform your mood and make you eager to get up and out the door.

We’ve rounded up five of our favorite bright, light, and breathable summer sneakers that will inspire your workouts all season long. A bonus? They’re cute enough to pair with more casual outfits and wear to your neighbor’s BBQ, too.

Our 5 favorite bright and cheery women's summer sneakers

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Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Outpace 2 SL Running Shoe — $140.00

If you’ve been searching for a stylish running shoe, you can end your hunt thanks to the Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Outpace 2 SL Running Shoes. These lightweight, breathable sneakers can be worn straight from your run to Sunday brunch or out shopping with friends.

Cole Haan’s proprietary cushioned foam attenuates impact forces and provides some energy return to give you that cravable spring in your step. The Outpace 2 SL is suitable for low-mileage runners looking for a functional, fun pair of running shoes.

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Allbirds Women's Trail Runners SWT — $150.00

Trail running shoes are often drab, muted hues of gray or brown. But the Allbirds Women’s Trail Runners SWT will be the bright and colorful footwear you need to liven up your summer trail runs and hikes.

This shoe has the traction and protection of a hiking boot with the comfort of a sneaker. With a water-repellent finish to keep your feet dry come rain or mud, it is made with Allbirds’ signature sustainable materials like sugarcane, recycled plastic water bottles, and eucalyptus tree fiber.

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New Balance Fresh Foam X 880v12 — $135.00

Your summer runs are about to get a lot more flashy. The New Balance Fresh Foam X 880v12 is as fun as it is functional.

Designed for serious runners who are racking up the miles, these running shoes feature a soft foam compound, and dual-layer midsole for optimal support and cushioning. The jacquard mesh upper is designed with strategic zones of support and breathability to keep your feet cool and happy no matter how hot the weather gets.

Women's summer sneakers
Reebok Nano X2 Women's Training Shoes — $135.00

Running shoes are great for running, and sometimes walking, but they’re not really designed to support your needs for other types of workouts. For strength training or different kinds of cardio sessions that require more side-to-side motions, the Reebok Nano X2 Women’s Training Shoes offer comfortable, durable support for movements in every direction. These bold, vibrant shoes come in all sorts of fun colors while providing all the stability, traction, and temperature control you’d want in an athletic sneaker.

Our favorite part? The cheeky insoles decorated with cartoons and puns. How fun is that?!

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Hoka All Gender Bondi L Embroidery — $190.00

Hoka has a huge lineup of brightly-colored, fun running shoes that provide cloud-like cushioning mile after mile. But the Hoka All-Gender Bondi Embroidery takes the cake with a retro look of real embroidery stitching.

This vivid, summery running shoe has a color pop that just screams, “Wear me!” The shoe itself has the ultralight EVA midsole and maximal cushioning Hoka is known for. Who says you can’t have cute shoes and run fast?

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