Summer is over (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) and bright blue skies are far and few between. Instead, we have to make do with rainy, gray days. With fall in full swing and winter around the corner, a lot of people might be tempted to slip into more muted or even grayscale fits, but we’ve got a radical suggestion. Fight the post-summer blues with colorful sneakers that you’d normally reserve for the summer.
Of course, we’re not talking about vivid or shocking colorways, but rather solid color contrasts that make the segue into FW21 somewhat more bearable. Think of it as bringing a little summer sunshine with you via your sneaker rotation.
Highsnobiety Shop has a lot of great options if you’re looking to spice up your FW21 sneaker game. From Converse to New Balance and trail-running shoes to casual sneakers, our selection below will definitely add a much-needed pop of color to your wardrobe.
So, if you feel your sneaker options are looking too monochrome for the coming months, we've curated a list of some of the best colorful sneakers available right now. Shop them below.
Here are some of our favorite colorful sneakers.
John Elliott x Converse Skid Grip OX
John Elliott isn’t the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of colorful sneaker collaborations. Likely because the designer’s most famous collab is an all-white Air Force 1. But his latest link-up with Converse is exactly what we mean when we say colorful fall sneakers. The distinct pattern on the upper adds an interesting element to the overall design, while the colors don’t dominate, but offer more visual appeal than a simple black or white shoe.
ASICS FB1-S GEL-Preleus
You can’t make a list of colorful sneakers without including a Kiko Kostadinov-designed ASICS shoe. The Bulgarian designer has a monopoly on interesting colorways, always picking the perfect hue of a color and always acutely aware of what colors work well together. This olive and pink GEL-Preleus is no different, featuring a color combination that bodies all others.
Salomon XT-6 ADV “Brown”
Brown is such a versatile color, and one you’ll see on a lot of footwear and clothing coming out in the next few months. It’s not blue, it’s not black, which is why it works so well. A lot of people are intimidated by the color, but this Salomon is an easy gateway into trying it out without over committing.
New Balance 991 “Pink”
Pink isn’t usually a color you think of when you think of fall and winter, but that’s exactly why it’s so perfect. This New Balance 991 is heritage at its best, while the color is faint enough to work with a lot of different colors, patterns, and textures.
Nike Waffle One
sacai x Nike but make it budget. And by budget we don’t necessarily mean bad. The Nike Waffle One has been one of the best new GR sneakers this year, as it gives people an aesthetic they want at a price point most can afford. The wild colorways are also a big draw and the reason it makes this list.
Nike Air Jordan 4 “Lightning”
Bright yellow kicks are not always the easiest to style, but the Nike Air Jordan 4 “Lightning” re-release from this year should definitely be on your radar. You might be thinking what to pair with the kicks, but black, brown, or gray all work.
Lanvin Nylon Bumper Sneakers
Lanvin’s ’70s-inspired Nylon Bumper has been an underrated style since its release. We’ve raved about it before, and this colorway is on point if you’re trying to inject a little color into your fall rotation. The worn nylon look is also great, as it will weather the storm better than other materials if the weather turns.
The Eytys Fugu isn’t the most colorful sneaker if you’re going by traditional standards, but it combines black white and blue to great effect. The extra-hair suede overlays add a layer of texture to the sneaker, making it interesting on more than one front.
Sean Wotherspoon x adidas Superturf ADV
All of Sean Wotherspoon’s adidas collaborations have been ultra-colorful, so it’s no surprise that we’ve included the adidas Superturf Adventure on our list. The shoe is wild, the inspiration is surprising, and you’ll be hard-pressed matching all the colors in your outfit. But you can try.
Angelo Baque x ASICS GEL-Kayano 14 “Rebirth of Cool”
Gel-Kayano 14 "Rebirth of Cool"
Angelo Baque x ASICS
This is the second ASICS on our list, and it’s a banger. Angelo Baque puts a bunch of colors together on this GEL-Kayano 14 and they work. If you’re leaning towards wearing all-black, these sneakers may be a good counter-balance.
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