As the colder weather loosens its grip, many of us look forward to dusting off some of our favorite summer sneakers that have been hiding away in the closet all winter.
To provide some insight into the sunny days ahead, we hit up some of our friends in the industry to forecast some summer sneaker trends. Below, you can check out our conversation with Rebecca Zenner from Overkill in Berlin, Kith Women's new creative director Emily Oberg, Beth Heggarty from London sneaker outpost Pam Pam, Saskia Maha from Maha Amsterdam, and finally Snapchat queen and culture curator YesJulz.
Take in their thoughts on summer footwear, then head to Highsnobiety's curated shopping channel What Drops Now to see more of our favorite releases.
What new models from Nike and adidas are you expecting to see a lot of this summer?
Rebecca Zenner, Overkill: I’ll guess the girls of summer will rocking Nike's Air Force 1 Low, the Air Max 95 and some old school Cortez. When it comes to adidas, it seems like the YEEZY line will never go out of style, but you'll also see some new silhouettes like the EQT Support or the ADV Support.
Emily Oberg, Kith: I think we saw a lot of love for the NMD City Sock and NMDs in general the last few months. I think people enjoy how light and easy they are to wear, so we will continue to see more iterations of those models. I also think Nike is definitely listening to its consumers by reissuing older styles from the '90s. There is clearly a demand for all of the old Air Max and basketball styles, so hopefully we will continue to see a push with those models.
Beth Heggarty, Pam Pam: For us, adidas Originals terrace styles like the Hamburg and Gazelle in neutral colourways are super easy styles for summer. Nike's '90s classics like the 95 and 97 are still being rolled out along with some pretty cool new performance styles that will for those that love new tech.
Saskia Maha, Maha Amsterdam: I expect the NMD City Sock 2 and Ultra Boost X will be the go-to styles for adidas this summer. Nike Air Max 1 is going to kill it, can’t wait! And obviously the Air Max 97.
Name some under-the-radar brands or models that your shop will be offering when the weather gets better
Rebecca Zenner: That's a good question. I must admit that brands like Karhu or Hummel are getting more and more popular, I also see girls asking more and more for Vans or Converse.
Emily Oberg: Keep your eyes peeled for Japanese sneaker brand Flower Mountain.
Beth Heggarty: We are very excited to welcome British brand Good News to our sneaker family this season! The brand combines a '70s Americana feel and Major League Baseball aesthetic to create a brilliant plimsole that is perfect for everyday wear. With a canvas upper available in a number of colours, and tough rubber outsole, these are super comfortable and easy on the wallet.
Saskia Maha: This week we’ll be releasing a new model for women from Nike as a co-creation project. Maha Amsterdam has collaborated with photographer Andy Tan on an interpretation of the new Nike Air Max Jewell Lux. Also, this will be the first season we’ll be carrying Suicoke, strappy sandals with Vibram soles. So dorky it’s fire! As for apparel, Norse Projects for women, not that under-the-radar, but they deserve the extra shine because it’s fuego!
What will you personally be rocking this summer?
Rebecca Zenner: Vans Old Skool Velcro. I was a big fan of the Prison Issue when I was a teenager, and I can’t wait for the Old Skool Velcro to be released for adults.
Emily Oberg: For the summer, I always want something light and breathable. I'm still a fan of the Flyknit Trainer and Racer models, as well as the adidas Ultra Boost. In New York City, you walk around so much when it's warm out, so comfort is the most important thing when choosing footwear.
Beth Heggarty: Usually when summer hits, Vans Authentics and Spring Court G2 low-tops are a go to for ease! But truthfully, we have so many sneakers that it really just depends on the day and the mood.
Saskia Maha: I’m a sucker for chunky sneakers like Nike's Air Max TN to the New Balance 991, but the new Nike Air VaporMax is a new love. Sleek upper with a chunky sole.
YesJulz: I'm moving to New York this summer and hoping to bring some of my Miami roots with me. To me this means spicing things up a bit, opting for color when everyone else opts for all black. I like colors that make me happy; yellow, orange, purple. Low tops will be my vibe next few months in terms of style, and comfort over everything so the lighter and more flexible, the better.
Talk about some sneaker releases that you’re looking forward to.
Rebecca Zenner: Keep your eyes peeled for some upcoming Overkill collaborations.
Emily Oberg: I have wanted the gold Air Max 97 forever, so I am super happy they are re-releasing that shoe. I'm also excited to see what colors of the Uptempo will be arriving. The Riccardo Tisci x Air Max 97 should also be interesting.
Beth Heggarty: We are super hyped for the Vans Anaheim release this March. All your favourite classics will be made and released via the OG Vans factory and they are beautiful!
Saskia Maha: All things VaporMax! You’ll see!
YesJulz: PUMA has been consistently killing it in the women's space, and I'm not just saying that because I'm a PUMA Gal. I'm excited to rock their latest collaborations with Fenty, Trapstar, Jeff Staple & Stamp'd. I have to say, I am also eager to see what Reebok has up its sleeves. I know they have a ton of deals with influential people in our space in the works, and I am curious to see if these people can bring the brand back. Most excited for the Public School x Jordan releases coming in June, of course.
Ending on a fun note, what summer time-activity in your city are you most looking forward to?
Rebecca Zenner: I became a mama last year, and I'm super excited to spend this summer with my little one on the playgrounds.
Emily Oberg: I'd love to start dog walking in the summer, I always say I'm going to but never end up doing it. That would be a great activity for the warmer weather, and you definitely need a good pair of shoes for that!
Beth Heggarty: To be honest, we are workaholics and and don't get out much. We are just down for the simple things like having sunshine, putting the store bench outside and having coffee in the morning. Those moments of peace in the morning go a long way!
Saskia Maha: Walking my pugs in the park. Enjoying the sun with some beers and buns at FRNZY in Amsterdam.