The Summer 2020 Sneakers Trends Are a Street Style Lewk Just *Waiting* to Happen

Maggie Griswold
The Summer 2020 Sneakers Trends Are a Street Style Lewk Just *Waiting* to Happen
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In the past few years, sneakers have had some serious time to shine (both literally—with bright and neon hues—and figuratively) With the resurgence of the ’90s chunky sneaker and the platform sneaker making serious waves, there’s no denying the people freakin’ love sneakers. (The people is me. I love sneakers.) So, in what was mostly a search to make sure that the chunky dad sneaker was not going to go out of style—Don’t worry. It’s not.—I was able to round up the the top sneaker trends for summer 2020. After all, if we’re going to be a sneakers-obsessed society, we might as well keep up with the trends, right? So grab your comfiest socks and get ready to slip on these stylish sneaks.

Although my love for sneakers is not likely to stray from the chunky Skechers or OG Keds variety, I am open to seeing what trends will pop up when the weather is hot, hot, hot. If I’m out and about, there’s a 99 percent chance I’m probably wearing sneakers, so it just makes sense to broaden my horizons and check in on what the runways and street style say will be on everyone’s feet this summer. Sneakers are serious street style business, and these upcoming trends are no joke.

Whether you’re already a sneakers fan and, like me, want to absorb the latest styles into your shoe arsenal or you’re simply looking for a potential new summer shoe, the summer 2020 sneaker trends are here to get you inspired. Y’all better start putting together those street style ensembles, because these trends are big, bold and ready to star in any Instagram photoshoot.

 

1. Platform Sneakers

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Prada show, Runway, Spring Summer 2020, Milan Fashion Week, Italy

It’s time to get tall, y’all. Platform sneakers are in for summer 2020, and you’re seriously going to be seeing them everywhere. For all my shorties out there, this is a dream come true. Plus, platforms are way easier to walk in than sky-high heels, so you’ll have to worry less about falling while you’re out on the town.

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Vince.

The woven details on these chic platform slip-on sneakers just screams summer.

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Puma.

These neutral platform sneakers are sure to be your go-to for the entire summer.

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Keds.

Walk on the wild side with these leopard print platforms.

 

2. The Sock Sneaker

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Street Style, Milan Fashion Week, Italy

Is it a sock? Is it a boot? Is it a sneaker? Honestly, I’m kind of unsure what it is, but it’s trending for summer 2020. To me, the sock sneaker kind of looks like Pete Davidson in shoe form, which I guess isn’t really a bad thing. (I think Pete Davidson is kind of hot, OK?!) Love it or hate it, you’re sure to see sock sneakers gracing street style round-ups in the coming season.

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Littleplum.

You’ll truly make a statement in these green sock sneakers this summer.

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Casbeam.

If green isn’t really your speed, you can always opt for a red sock sneaker.

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Onlymaker.

These pearl-adorned sock sneakers are a fun version of the trend with a feminine twist.

 

 

3. Sunset Sneakers

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GCDS show, Detail, Spring Summer 2020, Milan Fashion Week, Italy

We saw sunset hues all over the runways of fashion month, and the trend also applies to the sneakers we’re sure to see everywhere in summer 2020. It’s basically like walking around with the most beautiful part of nature on your feet—and who wouldn’t want that?

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Adidas.

These sunset sneakers from adidas by Stella McCartney are the splurge shoe your summer wardrobe needs.

Summer 2020 Sneaker Trends | yellow sneakers

Cariuma.

What’s sunnier than a pair of cute yellow sneakers?!

Summer 2020 Sneaker Trends | Vans colorblock sneaker

Vans.

These colorblock slip-on sneakers are a fun variant of the classic sunset trend.

 

 

4. The Dad (or Mom) Sneaker

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Street Style, Spring Summer 2020, Milan Fashion Week, Italy

Chunky sneakers will never die, and I’m very happy about it. Summer 2020 will bring even more of the ugly sneaker trend, and frankly, I cannot wait. This trend was one of my favorites of 2019, and I’m excited to see the updates it’s getting for the new century.

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Fila.

You can never go wrong with the classic chunky Fila shoe. Thanks, Billie Eilish, for you influence.

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Reebok.

If you don’t want to stay super neutral, try these Reebok chunky sneakers that have a little pop of color.

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Skechers.

For an even bolder look, these Skechers Groovy Sole sneaker are the chunky shoe of choice.

 

 

5. Neutral Tones

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While there’s no doubt that the summer 2020 sneaker trends are all about a statement, sometimes it’s nice to kick back and don a neutral shoe. Of course, this doesn’t mean boring. There are so many fun ways to wear a neutral sneaker, so don’t shy away from these beauties.

 

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Soludos.

The best part about a simple and neutral sneaker? It goes with everything.

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Adidas.

These neutral running shoes are as functional as they are adorable.

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ASH.

Just because a shoe is neutral, doesn’t mean it can’t be fun. These neutral ASH sneakers are anything but boring.

 

 

6. A Neon Moment

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Well, neon lovers, now’s your time to shine (literally). 2019 was a year full of neon hues, and 2020 is no different. This summer, expect to see neon everywhere—especially bright neon greens. These sneakers are sure to have you stand out in a crowd.

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Fila.

You can’t go wrong with a classic Fila sneaker, and this neon pair is so on-trend.

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API.

These bright and cute sneakers go with both the neon and sunset trends.

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SeaVees.

For a more classic look, try these neon lace-up sneakers that are sure to play well with all your favorite outfits.

 

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