THE BEST SNEAKERS FOR SUMMER 2017
Summer is just around the corner, a seasonal shift that calls for some new sneakers—but not just any new sneakers. Now is not the time to break out your fine suede Yeezy Boosts or those limited edition Jordans or the made-in-Italy high-tops you saved up for. Instead, you want kicks that are are more lightweight, breathable, and durable (i.e. you can wear them with or without socks, with shorts, with jeans, or swim trunks if you want). And the good news this summer is that there are plenty of options that not only pair well with your warm weather wardrobe but that are also comfortable as your favorite socks. After all, summer is about letting loose, not obsessing about footwear that's not going to make it past Labor Day (stinky kicks come with sockless feet, after all). That's why we've rounded up shoes that aren't just classics, but in many cases ones updated with things like lighter weight technology and fresh details.
Adidas Primeknit Gazelle
The Adidas Gazelle was one of the most popular shoes of 2016, and will continue to be in 2017 thanks to this awesome, breathable, Primeknit-equipped version.
Moncler Gamme Bleu
A boating sneaker is the more modern version of the boat shoe—and will make you look less like a college kid. That said, you might need actual boat money to afford these designer kicks.
The new crown jewel of the Nike Air family is being released in tons of new colorways this summer, and are the most comfortable Swoosh-adorning sneaker on the market thanks to its Flyknit upper—not to mention that massive Air bubble design.
Maison Kitsune Canvas Sneakers
Leave it to a Parisian label like Maison Kitsune to take a canvas lace-up sneaker from summer staple to downright elegant.
H&M Canvas Sneakers
Because they're in olive green, they won't get nearly as dirty as a typical pair of white canvas sneakers. But at just $30, you won't mind if they do.
Converse Chuck Taylor Flyknit
The first non-Nike sneaker ever to feature Flyknit also means you can now wear Chuck Taylors all year long without sweating through your socks.
The sneaker offshoot of NYC downtown label Noah, these preppy-leaning kicks find the sweet spot between beach life and skate life.
Stella McCartney Slip-Ons
A simple, yet elegant slip-on sneaker that has subtle designer details—like a slightly thinner, off-white sole—that will stand out from the crowd.
Stan Smith Boost Primeknit
Two of Adidas's best technologies—Primeknit and Boost—come together on one of its best sneakers.