Sneakers have been more than the usual rage for the past few seasons. Virtually every major fashion house has featured some variation of the comfy shoe during runway shows, but us regular girls have always been fans of a good sneaker. If you’re partial to heels, sneaker wedges are out there too — everyone from Nike to Ash offer pairs that add a little height. If you’re on a street-savvy binge, grab some oversized hoop earrings, slick your hair into a high bun and throw on a pair of rose gold Ewings or Air Max 95s. Then there are the old familiars: the slip-on Vans and Reebok Ventilators. All perfect for this season and next, all too cute to pass up. Take a look at our list of 7 sporty and cute sneakers perfect for the summer.
Nike Air Huarache Run Ultra Mesh | $125.00-$130.00
The Nike Huaraches are a throwback to the ‘90s, but this mesh version updates the uber-popular — and super-comfortable — sneaker. The Huarache Run Ultra Mesh have “socks” built into the shoes that help them mold to the exact form of your feet. Rock these with a fitted tankdress or some cutoffs and a cute tee.
Ash Lucky Lace Up Platform Sneakers | $220.00
Platform sneakers are another trend that we’ve been seeing on runways for the past few years, and Ash is one of the best brands to do this perfectly. Indulge in the trend and grab a pair of these kicks with hidden wedges in the soles if you need a little height. Platform sneakers are adorable with miniskirts, but maybe you could build on the ‘athleisure’ look and pair these with a sports-inspired romper.
Who doesn’t love a good color block? New Balance makes classic running shoes, of course, but they’ve upped their style factor within the past few years. These Bionic Boom sneakers are simply the latest in their catalogue to make our mouths water. The pop of dragonfly against black and white is eye-catching without trying too hard. Perfect for running around the city this spring with a pair of skinnies, or — dare we suggest — all-white, to really make those Bionic Booms your statement accessory.
Air Max 95s are some of the most comfortable sneakers Nike has ever created. Low-top sneakers are one definite sign that summer’s on its way. You can wear them with dresses, shorts, jeans — pretty much anything — and there haven’t been too many kicks released since 1995 that are as versatile as these. When they dropped in the mid-1990s, they were released in a variety of colorways. Nowadays, you have to catch these retros if you can — they sell out quickly. And if you’ve never had a pair as a teenager, then you definitely need these versions — they’re a little more mature than the basic 95s with a mottled, embossed print on the leather uppers.
Valentino Leather & Lace Sneakers | $795.00
If you have a few dollars to spend on sneakers — well, way more than a few — these Leather & Lace sneakers from Valentino may be the move for you. These are quite simply gorgeous. Slim in structure with a thoughtful mix of tough Italian leather and sweet lace, you definitely don’t want to go running in these. They could be perfect when coupled with the pajama trend that’s popping right now, though.
Ash makes it to our list once again with their Studded-Strap Leather Wedge Sneakers. Be forewarned — these are closer to heels than sneakers, really, so if you’re one of those girls that feel uncomfortable without donning stilettos, these are for you. There’s a concealed 3-inch wedge heel and leather uppers. These almost resemble Nike’s Air Force Ones — classic basketball shoes, but sexified. Whether you want to do these with a one-piece or separates, be sure to show those legs off. They’re guaranteed to look even longer with these wedges.
Vans Perf Stats SK8-HI Slim Sneaker | $65.00
The thing about the sneaker industry is that they pay closer attention to the runways than most people would think. Between Nike dropping wedge versions of their basketball shoes and the like, skate shoe companies like Vans have begun offering their own version of feminized kicks. These Perf Stars Sk8-Hi Slim are a really cute, comfy way to keep it casual with a little style. The perforated leather uppers make these a bit more mature than what the kid down the street is rocking to school.