Winter has drawn to an end. The weather is heating up and that means closeting your jackets and denims and donning some lighter clothes with lighter colours. With a change in seasons also comes a change in shoes to match. Sneakers are probably the best shoe to go with a summer wardrobe and the dry weather means they won’t get trashed like they usually would during a wet and cold winter. The colour of choice for these warmer months is definitely white, it is lighter, reflects the weather and compliments most things in your wardrobe. The beauty of sneakers is that they are comfortable, breathable and perfect for summer activities like day drinks, long walks, and sight-seeing. However, there are so many designs, styles, and silhouettes to choose from that making the right decision can be difficult. That is why we have compiled a list that we think are the most adaptable sneakers currently on the market, and have categorised them into three groups to suit different occasions.
Everyone needs a go-to of sneakers. A pair that is flexible and you’re not afraid to get them dirty or trashed. They are comfortable and compliment any outfit. Staple sneakers are the perfect lifestyle shoe and you should be willing to do everything in them. Here are our top 3 staple shoes:
Nike Tennis Classic AC Trainers (White) $90-$120
The Nike Tennis Classic says it all. It is a classic. Developed by Nike in the 80s for clay tennis courts, this retro shoe has been adapted for the modern day go-getter. Made from leather with a fused upper and midsole, it is a good mix of comfort and durability.
Vans Old Skool Leather Triple White $100-$140
Probably one of the most versatile staple shoe, the Vans Old Skool was designed for skaters and was the first Vans shoe to bare the iconic side stripe. It is a design that reflects the craftsmanship of American skate culture. This is evidenced in the padded tongue and leather lining for comfort, reducing blistering and soreness from kick-flipping all day. It has an understated style making it a perfect shoe to transition between skating and casual wear.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith Primeknit $160-190
"The Stan Smith" was Adidas’ version of a tennis shoe. In 1971, American tennis player Stan Smith was approached by Adidas to endorse their previously unnamed tennis sneaker. It was first produced in the 60s and was made from leather with a minimal design, hence the omission of the iconic three stripes but instead replaced by three lines of perforations. It is regarded as one of the best sneakers ever made. However, the "primeknit" version of the latest decade has been engineered from thermoplastic that has been digitally knitted into one piece. This material gives excellent flexibility, comfort and breathability compared to leather and is perfect for summer.
A casual sneaker is a step up from the staple. They are probably cleaner compared to your staple sneaker and are usually worn for those relaxed occasions but you still want to dress stylishly. Wear these when you getting a feed or a drink at the pub or meeting up with friends.
New Balance 530 90s Running Suede $150
New Balance has somehow found a balance between a low top, chunky, durable and stout sneaker that is still minimal at the same time. This comes with the correct choice of suede material for the upper. While it is inspired by 90s design the use of such materials gives it a modern feel. This shoe is great for shorts or pants at any length.
Adidas Originals Tubular Radial (White) $170
The Tubular Radials incorporates are very modern and progressive design. Its futuristic silhouette is matched by the modern materials used to build this shoe like Neoprene, mesh and EVA. These materials give the shoe an unprecedented comfort. Adidas deserve credit for making a modern shoe look simple and stylish. A shoe like this needs to be worn with an outfit that matches. Wear these sneakers with oversized t-shirts, cropped pants, slim shorts that stop above the knee or layered clothing.
Adidas Originals NMD $190-$240
Adidas are currently killing it in the sneaker game and leaving their competition in the dust. They get another mention in our list with the NMD. The NMD only gets released a few times a year and they sell out in minutes. But if you’re able to get a pair, consider yourself very lucky. Adidas have again designed a tech sneaker that is easy on the eyes. It is apparently inspired by many previous designs in the Adidas archive but incorporates patented material like ‘BOOST’ technology which is extremely comfortable. This high level of craftsmanship has lead to its popular reception. Adidas have released this shoe in different colour ways, driving further demand as each colour is rarely rereleased. If you are stinging for a pair, your best chance is to grab one from a reseller.
A dressy white sneaker can be hard to come by, and a decent pair will may put a dent in your paycheck. A dress sneaker would be worn to a bar or a trendy restaurant with that special someone. It is a shoe that still shows style and maturity but you don’t take yourself too seriously. They can be dressed up with a cropped jean, a jacket, fitted t-shirts and a nice watch.
Saturdays Surf NYC Derek Leather Sneakers, Ivory $200
Saturdays NYC is a surf brand born out of the unique New York surf culture. The design of their apparel is very minimal and refined, which is unlike many other surf brands. Their Derek Leather sneaker is a sharp and sophisticated shoe that is suitable for a night out. The marble sole adds a point of difference from other white leather sneakers and the neat stitching lends an added touch of elegance.
Common Projects Achilles Low $480
Common Projects is an Italian/American luxury footwear company founded in 2004. All of their shoes feature a line of numbers along the heel, displaying the style, the size and colour, respectively. Their Achilles Low Show has won many awards and is a collectable amongst many sneakerheads. If you’re dressing up for a classy yet trendy establishment, wear these.
Saint Laurent Sl/01 Court Classic Optic White $400-$500
Crafted from premium off-white genuine calfskin leather, the shoe displays a smooth design with perforations along the side for breathability. The inside is lined with a spongy padding, making them extremely comfortable, as they should be at this price. A hard sneaker to come by but one that will put you above the rest.
Stay cool this summer with a pair of fresh white kicks. Whatever you price range this list should be a great start to get you through the warmer months.
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