Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They’re All Kinds of Cute

Lindsey Lanquist
Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They’re All Kinds of Cute
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My day-to-day shoe situation is comprised of four pairs of footwear: two pairs of fall/winter booties, one pair of spring/summer sneakers and one pair of strappy sandals. (I have an equally pared-down heels rotation for special occasions, but those qualify as occasion pieces not day-to-day favorites.) This should tell you a couple things. One, that I’m a rare breed of fashion editor—one who has never had a shoe-shopping habit and will probably never develop one. Two, giving any of these pairs a spot in my incredibly limited rotation is my equivalent of high praise; fall/winter booties, spring/summer sneakers and strappy sandals are veritable must-haves—and must-haves you can rely on to get you through entire seasons, at that.

Since fall and winter is long gone and I’ve already dedicated a full shopping guide to the joys of summer sandal shopping, it’s time for summer sneakers to get their moment in the literal and metaphorical sun. Because some days, you crave the comfort only a shoe with (even modest) support can provide. Some days, you don’t feel like exposing your toes to the dirt and grime that pervades the outside world. Some days, you know a lot of walking is on the agenda, and as much as you love your go-to strappy sandals, you’re painfully aware that they induce blisters after hours of wear. And some days (well, nights), you know you’re planning to hit up a bar where getting your toes stepped on is a harsh reality that’s very much on the menu.

On these occasions—and frankly, on so many others—a pair of summer sneakers is your only shoe solace. And when the summer sneaker selection is as absolutely adorable as it is this summer, you hardly need the practical argument I carefully laid out above. A quick glance at the summer sneakers on offer is sure to convince you to stock up on them en masse—or, if you’re anything like me, find the sole mate (pun very much intended) you’ll be wearing every other day this season.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Slip-ons that are equal parts cute and convenient.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Laceless shoes will shave seconds off your day-to-day—key when those seconds could be spent soaking up the summer sun.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

I mean, they’re watermelons. Need I really say more?

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

A trainer that could take you from the gym to, well, anywhere.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

A retro-delightful addition to any athleisure wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

So cute you can style them like a flat. So comfy you’ll never forget they’re sneakers.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Converse will forever be my favorites. These millennial pink high-tops are sure to add a much-needed dose of fun to any ensemble.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

These Keds are basically a walking work of art.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

As if the colorblocked sole wasn’t enough, they added ruffles—ruffles.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Go full ’90s kid and sport these everywhere this summer.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

A lower-key way into the colorful Converse thing.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

’90s-inspired, and versatile enough to pair with anything in your closet.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Basically just really cute, really comfy flats.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Sneakers so vibrant and delightful you might actually not mind your next trip to the gym.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Summer sneaks, fit for the fan of all-black-everything.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Because of course there are tropical print takes on summer sneakers. This is 2019 we’re talking about, after all.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Monochrome and boring are far from one and the same.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Subdued in palette. Anything-but-average in silhouette.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

The pink shoelaces are the cherry on top of these chunky, retro delights.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

For the shopper who prefers their sneaks gray, not white.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

It shouldn’t at all come as a surprise that tie-dye has made its way to the sneakers sphere.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Sure to shake up any all-white ensemble just enough.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Colorblock sneakers are basically always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

A seriously vibrant palette, fit for summer’s brightest days.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

When even the soles on your shoes are fun, you know you’re doing something right.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

That ever-so subtle aqua gradient on the sole is 👌.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Black and pink is an endlessly great color combo. Pink and green is, too.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Because three kinds of stripes are better than one.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

For the shopper who loves blue—but also aqua, and also pink, and also yellow, too.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

A pop of color(block).

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Leave it to Moschino to craft an absolutely campy (but a little bit street?) summer sneak.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

Hot pink Nikes? Yes, please.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

1. Austin Sprinter Sneaker, $105 at Free People

Summer animal prints are absolutely a thing.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

2. Superga Striped Platform Sneakers, $49.95 at Anthropologie

A not-so-average take on summer’s go-to nautical pinstripe.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

3. Vans Sk8 Colorblock Sneakers, $65 at ASOS

There are so many colorblock sneakers on offer, and honestly, I’m into every single pair.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

6. Dominic Chunky Sneakers, $56 at ASOS

Cute enough to wear to brunch after you hit the gym.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

7. Karhu Green Colorblocked Sneakers, $59.95 at Anthropologie

A not-so-basic summer color combo.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

8. Jaxon Platform Sneaker, $160 at Free People

Because chunky white sneakers are always a good idea.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

9. Disqualify Sneakers, $48 at ASOS

Upgrade your workout wardrobe. Or your athleisure wardrobe. Or your everything wardrobe, really.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

10. Sunday Strolls Sneaker, $89 at Free People

Last year’s camo trend is still tricking into this year’s zeitgeist.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

16. Nike M2K Tekno Sneaker, $75 at Urban Outfitters

For the fan of color who doesn’t want to abandon the white sneaker thing entirely.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

18. San Pietro Sneaker, $328 at Free People

Half moccasin, half sneaker—all statement-making.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

22. Vocalist Embroidered Sneakers, $45 at ASOS

A subtle nod to this year’s Met Gala theme.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

25. Superga Canvas Hi-Top Sneakers, $69 at Anthropologie

Sure to play as well with your favorite sundress as they will with your lowest-key tee-and-jeans combo.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

27. Nike M2K Tekno Sneaker, $60 at Urban Outfitters

Double the swoosh—and four times the color.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

29. Champion x Susan Alexandra 93Eighteen Sneaker, $100 at Urban Outfitters

The entire Champion x Susan Alexandra collection at Urban Outfitters is lit—and these sneaks are no exception.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

31. Keds Champion Sneakers, $50 at Anthropologie

Because you can’t go wrong with a classic pastel Ked.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

32. Nike Blazer Mid Gel Sneaker, $100 at Urban Outfitters

For the ’90s friend who loves a streetwear detail.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

35. Deploy Lace-Up Sneakers, $60 at ASOS

A little neon, a little tie-dye—a lot of statement-making fun.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

38. Vans Deck Club Slip-On Sneaker, $55 at Urban Outfitters

Obsessed.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

39. Fila Disruptor 2 Premium Mono Sneaker, $65 at Urban Outfitters

A no-fail addition to any wardrobe.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

40. Vans Sk8 Hi-Top Sneaker, $65 at Free People

Practical—and all kinds of retro-cute.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

41. Keds Starlight Leather Studded Sneakers, $65 at Lulus

Why yes, those Keds are bedazzled.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

49. Puma Nova Mesh Sneakers, $90 at ASOS

A classic sneaker, rendered in all your favorite pastels.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

53. Colorblock Low-Top Sneakers, $21 at Forever 21

Sleek enough to wear to the bar. (Seriously!)

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

54. New Balance 997 Sport Trainer, $110 at Free People

An anything-but-average silhouette, rendered in an anything-but-average palette. Uh, yes please?

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

55. Vans ComfyCush Era Colorblock Sneakers, $39 at ASOS

Here for the design. Here for the color combo. Here for all of it.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

57. Nike Pink Air Force 1 Low Sneakers, $100 at ASOS

Because sometimes all you need in life is a pop of bubblegum pink.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

58. Classic Slip-On DX Sneaker, $59.95 at Free People

A nautical stripe done the less expected way.

STYLECASTER | Summer Sneakers Are Here, and They're All Kinds of Cute

60. D.A.T.E. Laser Sneaker, $298 at Free People

Told you colorblock shoes were on offer in every possible iteration.

 

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A version of this story was originally published in May 2019. Updated July 2019.

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