With temperatures continually heating up and your city’s sneakerheads already doing their best peacock impression, there's still time for a refresh — in every sense of the word. Go to the beach, hit up the local lake, or meet friends for picnics in the park.
Or, if you’re anything like us, your mind will already be turned to your warm-weather rotation and how to optimize it. When it comes to buying the best sneakers for summer, you’ve got to keep practicality, comfort, and versatility in mind. There are plenty of fun releases and the chance to get your hands on some of the best sneakers for summer.
You need a pair of kicks that can withstand day-long adventures and the odd bit of mud or dust. But you’ll also want a pair of sneakers that looks good while you’re out and about.
That’s where we come in. Below, you’ll find our selection of the best sneakers for summer, including heaters from Salomon, ASICS, adidas, and more. Scroll on for our curated selection.
Take a look at the best summer sneakers for 2023
adidas x Wales Bonner SL72 Knit
Some people are just born to design sneakers and Wales Bonner is definitely one of them. Her take on the classic is outfitted with a knitted upper thats right on time for summer.
Salomon XT-Slate Advanced
While Salomon's is well known for having some of the best colorblocking in the game, other models like the XT Advanced and Pulsar often fly under the radar. Break the stereotype and dive into summer with these tonal kicks made for the trails and the streets.
Nike Zoom Vomero 5
Trust me, as soon as you slip these on you'll feel a slight draft from how your cold 'fit instantly became.
New Balance 1906R
Sure, white sneakers are the typical summer footwear choice, but going against has some perks too. Along with a little stash bag that sits perfectly on the upper, these kicks are crafted with Cordura meaning you can wear 'em all year long without fussing about the weather.
KEEN Newport H2
What the Newport lacks in an upper is translated into more airflow, which is essential for those scorching summer days. This hybrid option is perfect for those that prefer a comfy outsole that's built for all terrains.
Oakley Chop Saw Sneakers
Oakley is in a league of its own when it comes to unique sneakers that actually don't go too far overboard. This tonal silhouette oozes comfort casually.
Salomon ACS Pro
Arguably the most comfortable and eye-catching sneaker in Salomon's roster, the ACS Pro also excels at providing airflow and is a solid choice for daily wear.
adidas Campus 00s
The Campus era has been in effect for some time now, but that doesn't mean there isn't room to join in. This classic colorway pays homage to its predecessor with premium materials.
Athletics Footwear Zero V1
While sneakerheads drool over recycled retro kicks, Athletics Footwear is slowly changing the game with its updated Zero silhouette. From the MOLDTEC mesh upper to its stable and durable outsole, this is one sneaker that's sure to remain in your summer rotation.
Nike x Stüssy Air Force 1 Mid
No duo has mastered hemp sneakers better than Nike and Stüssy over the years. The tonal finish and mid-top cut have summer written all over it.
New Balance 530
Anything bearing mesh is pretty much a go this time of year. Save yourself the trouble of searching around and cop these 530's that have built a growing reputation for its comfy ABZROB midsole.
adidas Country OG Sneakers
If you're planning on wearing the throwbacks, then you might as well make it proper. The latest from adidas arrives in a luxe, leather upper with a classic gum sole.
Acne Studios Barai
For fans of bearing it all, the only way to level up Acne Studios' Barai silhouette is to find a pair of transparent socks.
Stepney Workers Club Dellow S-Strike Canvas
There's no better feeling than having a pair of kicks that translates your level of chill all summer long. Luckily for you, Stepney has you covered with a few different colorways to match your vibes.
adidas x Highsnobiety 'Not In Paris' Stan Smith
We remixed the classic silhouette ever so subtly with co-branding along the upper and a shout out to the fashion capital.
Regardless of the colorway, the XT-6 is sure to draw the right kind of attention.
Merrell Hydro Runner RFL 1TRL
The evolution of Merrell's footwear the past few years has been a beauty to watch. The latest iteration is hybrid is more breathable than ever and even features reflective elements along the upper.
Saucony X Highsnobiety Pro Grid Triumph 4
Saucony has been on a roll as of late with its retro runners, even we had to chime in and give our own take on its Pro Grid Triumph 4. While any mesh sneaker is a great choice for the sweaty months, Saucony took it one step further with a full open mesh upper.
New Balance ML 610 TAE
Forget the hype about the 610 being the next big New Balance sneaker. If you're a fan of comfort and muted colorways then look no further.
A recent colorway from its Gel-NYC that launched earlier this year, ASICS is well renowned for its gel technology thats geared towards folks that wear the same pair daily. If you're looking for an easy way to cruise through summer, then this is an easy choice.
Salomon RX Slide 3.0
Like most slides and mules, they often have the potential to go either way due its hybrid functionality. Salomon engineered the RX Slide specifically to be a recovery shoe, ensuring that your soles will feel nothing but pleasure through the summer months and beyond.
Converse Chuck 70 Hi
You can never co wrong with vintage kicks during the summer, especially Chucks.
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