Black and white sneakers tend to be the most popular colorways, thanks to the classic aesthetic and ultra-versatility they afford. However, bright summer days call for more colorful additions to your sneaker rotation. During the summer months, we like to keep outfits simple: you can’t go wrong with a white T-shirt and a pair of shorts. But when your outfit is as understated as that, footwear becomes the prime focus for a highlight piece.
For those who like to bring the sunshine via their footwear, a host of brands, from Nike to New Balance, have dropped color-burst kicks that are perfect for summer. If your sneaker closet is looking much too monochrome, we’ve curated a list of some of the hottest color-heavy sneakers available right now featuring staple sportswear brands, as well as high-end labels.
Scroll on for more of our favorite color-heavy sneakers to wear this summer.
Li-Ning Fusion Rider Ace Sneakers
Li-Ning goes all out — as we’re becoming accustomed to — on this pair of Fusion Rider Ace Sneakers. A paneled upper uses mesh and rubber inserts to offer a breathable and lightweight construction while a complex ridged sole continues the pastel and neon color palette that ensures this pair stands out all day and night.
Human Made x adidas Originals Rivalry
Cultural icon Nigo created Human Made as a place for designs that didn’t fit with the direction of A Bathing Ape. That’s why Human Made’s offering is usually stacked with bright colors and playful motifs. This collaboration with adidas Originals outfits the Rivalry silhouette in red, blue, and yellow to complement your summer fits.
Acne Studios Multicolor Perey Strap Sneakers
Acne Studios has never been afraid of… anything, literally anything. This pair of leather velcro shoes is pretty tame for the Swedish label, despite its colorful calfskin leather upper. Blue, green, and yellow uppers are complemented by an off-white sole and gum outsole for vintage appeal.
New Balance ML827AAO
Take it firmly back to the ’90s with the New Balance ML827AAO. Modeled after the running shoes ubiquitous in the era, this pair brings up memories of grainy workout videos with its mesh and leather uppers complete with hits of yellow, pink, and electric blue. An ABZORB™ sole unit offers guaranteed comfort.
Jordan 1 Mid SE Multi-Color
The Nike Air Jordan 1 is undeniably having a moment, with high-profile releases coming week-on-week. This pair released back in April and seemed to unfairly slip under the radar. We’re loving the wild, multicolor paneling which uses patent leather, suede, and leather for a textured appearance, too.
ASICS Gel-Lyte III Sean Wotherspoon x atmos
ASICS teams up with Sean Wotherspoon and atmos for this pair of eye-catching Gel-Lyte IIIs. As if the split-tongue silhouette of the Gel-Lyte III wasn’t already enough, ASICS enlisted the help of Round Two founder Sean Wotherspoon to update the model with his characteristically loud color schemes that we saw grace the Nike Air Max 97/1 back in 2017.
New Balance 997S Multi
New Balance’s 997S is already a modern update of the classic 997 model. Featuring and ENCAP Reveal sole unit as well as a mesh upper, the 997S offers a new view of the timeless 997. Take the update and dress it in attention-grabbing, multi-colored mesh and you’re onto a winner.
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- Curated by: Yulia Pankova