We get it at this point: Everyone knows that nothing as inconsequential as the weather can stop any budding sneakerhead from showing his true colors and pledging his allegiance to the rubber sole. To aid you with that, we’ve selected eight pairs that are both high on style and in cut. The range runs from classics to designer fashions, so you can take your pick to best suit your tastes.
These ankle-huggers aren’t messing around, so you better get that cooling foot powder ready!
Don’t understand what’s going on here? The Puma Clyde gets a cheeky update and has evolved to become the Clyde Sock NYC sneaker. That said, the “sock collar” does come with the shoe and makes it look like you’re sporting tube socks when maybe you’re actually rocking footsies in there. Who knows what’s up with this trend? But it’s definitely starting to hit the tipping point of redefining the high-top sneaker shape—at least for 2017.
Any black urban ninja shoe design really pays homage to the Dark Lord in our book, though a more current reference would be Demna Gvaslia’s Balenciaga. Zara’s take on this shoe that looks part ninja, part sock and part running sole present an uncanny but undeniably trendy shoe shape. Those three things combined will surely turn a few heads and might even raise a few more eyebrows. But chill, they don’t get it—this is fashion. Best worn with cropped ratty wide-leg blue jeans as long as you don’t run like Naruto.
A clean monochromatic pair whose design could stand the test of time. Instead of making all the stops and pulling out all the bells and whistles, H&M plays with the texture of the materials to keep the shoe looking interesting. A neat pair like this could be worn with relaxed linen shorts. Besides, we’ve already told you about needing a crispy all-white option for the season.
A truly low-key fashion sneaker is Maison Martin Margila’s Replica Mid-Top. The design traces its roots back to the German Army before the time Adolf and Rudolf Dassler split to create their own sportswear companies, now Adidas and Puma, respectively. This pair carries the signature stitch at the back of the shoe, one of the very few subtle yet iconic branding elements in lieu of an overt logo present on Margiela merch. Good luck trying to source it; Univers might carry it.
For the discerning bro who wants affordable luxury, Uniqlo U is Cristophe Lemaire’s line of “reinvented basics to be anything but basic.” This canvas sneaker does look simple enough to be considered basic, but on closer inspection looks a bit like a spacey snow-explorer. How’s that for living up to its promise?
Kanye has successfully pervaded the fashion scene with even Vogue editor-in-chief co-signing his runway shows. This easier-to-cop pair from Aldo takes clear inspiration from Yeezy with its sandy color, oversize velcro strap and high cut silhouette. Now don’t make the rookie mistake of tucking your joggers into these babies.
The Vans Old Skool, its low-cut cousin, has been going strong in the style front since late last year. Why not set yourself apart with the Sk8-Hi? It’s one of those shoes you don’t have to make a case for. It’s a classic! Even if you’ve never actually learned how to cruise on a skateboard.
Throwing in a sporty sneaker into the mix always yields an interesting pattern. The adidas Cloudfoam Revival Mid has a strong geometric graphic at the back of the shoe, while looking a bit retro-inspired thanks to that texture in the front. Rock it with a solid pair of jeans and you’re set to the world know that style is on for the summer.