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 Nike, adidas, and HOKA ONE ONE. Scroll on for our curated selection.
Take a look at the best summer sneakers for 2021
DRKSHDW x Converse TURBODRK Chuck 70
Rick Owens and Converse is one of those collaborations that just makes sense. Over the years, the Dark Lord of Fashion has consistently referenced Converse sneakers via his eponymous brand and its diffusion line DRKSHDW. If a pair of platform boots and Chuck Taylors had a baby, the TRBODRK would be the result. Rick Owens’ take on the classic silhouette, with the standout feature being the shoe's square toe, is unmistakable. If you are trying to have a goth boy summer, these sneakers will make a worthy addition to your rotation.
Nike Jordan 1 Retro High OG "Hyper Royal"
Lately, Jordan Brand has been churning out great Nike Air Jordan 1 summer colorways. The “Hyper Royal” iteration is just one of many reasons why the silhouette continues to reign supreme. With white leather acting as the backdrop, faded blue suede takes center stage. The hints of gray are a nice touch to the overall appearance of the summer shoe, almost as if the sneaker was a distant cousin to the highly coveted Air Dior 1s. We're not mad about that.
Stepney Workers Club Lister Canvas
Stepney Workers Club's sneakers ooze inclusive cool. The brand, whose slogan is "Freedom of Sport, Freedom of Thought," knows how to make a summer-ready sneaker. These ’50s inspired slip-on shoes are made with vulcanized rubber soles, a heavy-duty canvas, and high-wall foxing. The summer sneaker's sole is flexible and cushioned with a soft, supple upper. It's a timeless shoe design that is stunningly simple.
Reebok Club C Mule
We've all been there. Constantly bending down to re-tie a pair of sneakers during a heatwave can become tedious, fast. Slip-ons embody the summer ethos of loafing and lounging. Here, Reebok takes everything we love about the classic Club C and repackages it in a fun slip-on silhouette free of those pesky laces. We totally get Kanye's vision of a laceless future.
Highsnobiety x adidas ZX 8000 "Qualität"
For our collaborative adidas ZX 8000, Highsnoobiety decided to keep with traditions (as Germans do) and opted for a tonal approach. The sneaker — which features premium leather, a leather lining, and a leather heel cup — arrives in a monochrome beige colorway, with subtle hits of gray. If you want a no-frills colorway and unmatched quality, look no further.
Raf Simons Cylon-21
Raf Simons sneakers might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about light, breathable summer sneakers. And if you’ve got an image of the designer’s overly bulky adidas Ozweego collaboration in mind, then you’re probably right. But his new in-house line of footwear is a lot sleeker, more streamlined, and — best of all — features perforations all over the shoe.
So if you’re looking for something a little more wavy for the summer months, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Raf’s new Cylon-21 sneakers. The new shoe also comes in a number of different colorways, truly making it one of the best sneakers for summer.
Nike Waffle One
The sacai x Nike LDWaffles had people going waffle crazy, meaning getting your hands on a pair is going to cost you ... a lot. But, you don't necessarily need sacai to enjoy the Waffles in all their glory. Nike recently gave us a bright update of its iconic 1977 shoe. The green mesh and suede contrast beautifully with the white outsole and orange detailing. It's a summer hit, perfect for a casual fit.
New Balance 2002RI "White"
All-white and absolutely no-hype, the perfect forecast for an unforgettable summer. That’s what these white leather New Balance 2002RIs bring with them, making them an absolute must-add to any budding summer rotation.
A pair of all-white sneakers is paramount to a versatile wardrobe, especially in the summer, when you’ll be wearing light and bright colors. The New Balance 2002R is also super comfortable, having swapped out the original 2010 version’s sole for the 860v2 sole unit. Do not sleep on these!
adidas YEEZY Boost 350 V2 "Mono Ice"
Contrary to popular belief, people are still wearing the YEEZY 350s. The YEEZY flagship has recently gotten a slight refresh in the form of a geographically-locked "Mono" Pack. One of three colorways, the "Mono-Ice" rocks a partially see-through upper made from monofilament mesh, revealing the inner cage just behind it. The design update gives the 350 sneaker an organic and futuristic look that is right on message for Yeezy's futuristic and ever-evolving design language.
New Balance 993 "Grey"
Classic. Versatile. One of the best sneakers for summer around. Those are only a few ways to describe the New Balance 993 “Grey.” Originally released in 2008, the 993 has become a mainstay for New Balance lifestyle fans due to its lasting comfort and sleek “dad vibe” appeal. If you missed out on the onslaught of 992 collaborations (or just aren’t a fan of hyped shoes), make sure to get your hands on a pair of these.
HOKA One One Clifton 8
HOKA's neutral off-white Clifton 8 will go far in your sneaker rotation. The running sneaker is versatile, chunky, and insanely comfortable, making the shoe an easy pick for your sunny weather outfits.
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