Take a look outside, people. The sun is shining! (At least we hope it is wherever you are). With winter mercifully over for another couple of month, it’s time to resign your Timbs to the closet and welcome in a new fleet of lighter, more breathable footwear.
Shopping for summer sneakers is fun — you can experiment with brighter colors and bolder patterns — but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easy. Between now and September, brands will be flooding the market with more heat than they would any other time of the year, making it difficult to decide on what to cop. Do you go with a slip-on or lace-up? Canvas or suede uppers? And what to wear on those days when it showers?
Keeping that in mind, Highsnobiety staff has come up with a list of their favorite kicks that will keep your feet cool, both figuratively and literally, as the mercury peaks.
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Chris Danforth – Sneaker Editor
Vans Anaheim Factory Slip-On 98 DX
“The Anaheim edition is a subtly upgraded Vans Slip-On that features vintage details like glossy foxing tape, plus mixed suede and canvas on the upper. Traditionally not the most comfortable shoe in the world, but the new UltraCush padding helps a lot. These go with anything. You can beat the hell out of them and re-up next summer.”
Fabian Gorsler – Staff Writer
Nike Zoom Fly SP “Turquoise”
“These are my favorite summer sneakers for several reasons; they’re super comfortable, you can rock them with pants or shorts, you can slip ’em on without socks, and the colorway is tropical AF.”
Rhianna Matthews – Commerce Content Curator
Converse x COMME des GARCONS Play Converse Low
“One of my favorite go-to summer sneakers has to be the COMME des GARCONS Play Converse. The light beige colorway makes it perfect for summer, and the low top silhouette also keeps it casual and relaxed.”
Jian DeLeon – Editorial Director
Highsnobiety x Superga 2750 “Deep Blue”
“Like I said in our initial launch post, Supergas are the perfect summer sneaker. The crepe sole seals the deal for me, and I like how we used a full suede upper on this deep blue colorway, which is a color that is generally one of my favorites overall. I can’t wait to see how these wear in after months of use during beach trips or the Spring/Summer 2019 menswear shows during fashion month in July.”
Graeme Campbell – Newsroom Editor
adidas Originals ClimaCool 1 OG
“The ClimaCool was way ahead of its time upon release back in the early ‘00s and wouldn’t look out of place in a Raf x adidas collection in the current day. In terms of pure function over form, I can’t think of a better summer shoe.”
Noah Thomas – Assistant Editor
adidas Originals Stan Smith ‘Pero’
“These are so elegant and could totally be an everyday summer shoe. They could also work for evening holding their weight with the extreme attention to detail and textures. The price point is rather depressing, though.”
For more in shopping news, be sure to check out our favorite Supreme pieces still available via the brand’s online store here.
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