The arrival of warm weather means a host of things, provided you aren’t living an endless summer south of the Mason-Dixon line (read: cheating): longer days, more grilling, the revival of sundress sightings and an overall “middle finger to that know-it-all groundhog” attitude. In short, it’s a fantastic time of year. With the seasonal shift we get to pull out old summer standbys and invariably drum up some excuse to upgrade to a new look or three. One great way to prepare for rising temperatures is to grab a pair of classically rad sneakers better suited for trips to the beach than running a 5k personal best. Light materials and light colors paired with simple silhouettes make each of these five picks worth wearing for that next sundress encounter.
For summer mood optimization, we’ve paired an accompanying soundtrack to each of our picks.
Nike Killshot for J. Crew
Whether your tennis game is really on point or not (and let’s be honest…), the Crew’s latest collaboration is a classically cool, gum-soled, suede-accented stunner that won’t blow your courtside drink budget.
Maison Martin Margiela GATs
Speaking of blowing your courtside booze budget, these Margielas will flatten your wallet. Yes, they’re 10 times as expensive as a pair of Vans, yes they’re an homage to a shoe that you can find for around $30 if you happen to be in Germany or willing to scrounge around on eBay.de, but this (readily purchasable) edition from the French designer is just aesthetically fantastic. They’re damn hard to justify, but if you can, why not?
Jack Purcell Canvas
What hasn’t already been said about white Jack Purcells with their signature grin across the rubber-capped toe? They’ve been a go-to canvas sneaker for three quarters of a century, and we’ve got no doubt they’ll hang around for a while longer.
Vans Authentic Navy
The quintessential surf/skate/beachside bonfire shoe, rendered in navy and ready to be absolutely thrashed over the next 5 months.
Billy Reid x K-Swiss Cream Canvas
The Florence, Alabama, posse teamed up with the tennis mainstay (and former producer of garbage TV commercials) to create a canvas shoe that’s reserved but certainly visually interesting. Its terry cloth lining evokes memories of K-Swiss’s heritage as a suburban mall mainstay, right next to Juicy Couture’s sweatpants.
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