So I started wearing sneakers pretty much exclusively during Covid—first because, like everyone else, I couldn’t be bothered with “hard” shoes, and secondly because of my bad knee. I was diagnosed with a torn meniscus, which appears miraculously to have healed itself (which I understand sometimes happens) but even now, when it doesn’t hurt to wear anything clog-like or heeled, I find I still want to be wearing sneakers most of the time. I might even try to pair them with dresses this summer, which is a trick I’ve never felt like I was able to pull off, and these Chuck Taylors—in pale millennial pink—would be perfect for that. Also, if you like Chucks but don’t love how branded they are, you might want to try these.
Of course I always love a platform sneaker, as long as it isn’t overly clunky—and this slip-on pair from Seavees is just un-clunky enough to clear the bar.
The heather gray here is pretty chic—it reminds me of Missoni spacedye.
OK, I’m not certain I could pull off these Liberty of London Vans, love them though I do, but surely one of you could?
And if you like the idea of Vans Old Skools, but in a solid, you could go for this pair—it comes in several other colors, but I do love this red.
The hit of red on these Puma platforms is a nice, graphic touch that really makes them pop.
I know black sneakers are not the most summery thing in the world, but I’ve got these Nike Air Forces in my shopping cart even as I type. If you like the shape of these but not the shade, check out this colorful pair.
You can’t get a lot more classic than Stan Smiths, and I like that these have the original green tab.
These are fun and retroish, and I how excellent is that blue?
I just really how subtle and clean-lined this New Balance pair is.
I don’t just love white sneakers—not for others, but definitely for me, as I feel they give me clown feet. So I dig this Madewell pair because they’re appealingly light-colored, but not too light.
And for an altogether preppy vibe, how about these Tretorns?
The faded-out navy on these slip-ons is just so good, and they also look desperately comfortable.
This bright pair from Brazilian brand Veja is partially sold out, but I had to include them because the color combination is just aces.
Of course I love these Onitsuka Tigers because they’re such a good mustard yellow, but also because the green laces are an unexpected (but welcome) touch.