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14 Pairs of Sneakers to Wear When You Get Sick of Sandals

Sometimes, you just don’t feel like wearing sandals. Whether you’ve had enough of running around in super flat wooden soles and dealing with finicky ankle straps or you just forgot to book a pedicure, there’s no styling crisis a fun, vibrant sneaker can’t remedy. From flashy Air Max 98s to the hot new sneaker collaboration to watch out for, we’ve gathered the best to wear for this season.

If You Love Eccentric Colorways

Tretorn Rawlins III Jogger Sneakers
$75 at Shopbop

Purple suede and lime green might sound like a weird combination at first, but the sneaker’s silhouette and contrasting textures make it look chic in the most eccentric way.

The Trendy Pair

Pro-Keds Royal Lo Camo Sneaker
$70 at Urban Outfitters

Keds are under-represented in the sneaker discussion. They’ve come a long way since their clean-and-boring ’80s image. These sneakers from their Pro-Keds line marries the camo trend with a versatile chunky sole.

If You Love Yellow

Nike Air Max 90
$120 at Urban Outfitters

Sure, people will probably notice you wherever you walk, but you’re also likely to get a lot of compliments — the marigold leather feels practically made for summer.

The Throwback

Fila Mindblower Vintage Runners
$75 at Shopbop

Remember when all the cool girls wore Fila in high school? Well, don’t be surprised if you see your colleagues or neighbors in them now. The company has reintroduced some of its classic styles from the ’90s including the Mindblower.

The Fun, Printed Sneakers

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70
$95 at Net-a-Porter

Currently at least two pairs of Chucks are already stuffed into your closet, so why not add a playful flamingo print pair?

From an Eco-Friendly French Brand

Veja V-10 Colorblock Sneakers
$140 at Madewell

French brand Veja is already a familiar name among sneakerheads, but if you haven’t bought a pair, might we suggest these cool colorblock kicks? Veja’s shoes are made with sustainable fabrics, and they have a decent selection of vegan sneakers, too.

For the DIYer

Superga 2750 Deer Dana Bees Sneakers
$89 at Shopbop

For their latest collab, Superga paired up with DeerDana, an NYC-based label by artist Dana Veraldi. Think yearbook-type sketches and font, but not as sloppy and much cooler.

From a Brand to Know

Axel Arigato Leopard Calf Hair Sneakers
$115 at Net-a-Porter

If you tend to favor simple silhouettes and quality materials, Axel Arigato is your best best. These are much flashier than the brand’s typical minimal aesthetic, but they’re also now half the price.

For the Colorblock Extremist

Adidas Originals I-5923 Sneaker
$130 at Nordstrom

It doesn’t get more tropical-looking than bubblegum pink and vibrant red.

If You Love the Dad Sneaker Trend

Jeffrey Campbell Lo-Fi Sneakers
$130 at Shopbop

In the spectrum of ugly dad sneakers, these probably rank as least offensive. They’re also more affordable than the runway version they resemble.

The Designer Pair

Aquazzura L.A. low-top satin trainers
$187 at Matches Fashion

Known for their pretty and dainty high heels, Aquazurra also makes a beautiful sneaker. The hot-pink satin is a refreshing change of pace from rigid leather and utilitarian details.

For the Hypebeast

Nike Air Max 98 Shoe in Sail/Radiant Emerald
$160 at Need Supply+

You can find several different colorways for Air Max sneakers, but the 98s stick out because of the unique shape and edgy striped pattern.

The Cool-Kid Collab

Converse One Star X MadeMe Corduroy Platform Sneaker
Photo: Brown, Indya
Converse One Star X MadeMe Corduroy Platform Sneaker
$110 at Urban Outfitters

Founded by Supreme director Erin Magee, Mademe has become a rising star among female-focused streetwear brands. The brand recently collaborated with Converse for a new lineup of sneakers including these green corduroy kicks.

The New Brand on the Block

OCA Low Washed Contrast Thread Canvas Sneaker
$79 at Cariuma

If you’re at the point where Nike, Adidas, and Converse all feel a little too done, try Cariuma’s clean canvas sneakers. This shoe even comes in 11 different colors if blue is not your style.

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14 Pairs of Sneakers to Wear When You Get Sick of Sandals