Our top picks from the latest designs
With temperatures starting to warm up, it’s time to figure out what best sneakers for summer are.
There are an abundance of options to choose from, so finding the right shoes to suit your style and the warmer weather isn’t necessarily a simple task.
To make your search a little easier, we’ve compiled a list of our top picks from some of the newest releases, which you can use as a starting point to figure out which sneakers are right for you.
Whether you’re looking for something lightweight, like this pair of adidas Ultraboost 22s, or you’re looking for something white leather, like these BAPE x Reebok Club C 85s, we’ve got you covered here.
Best sneakers for summer
Best All-Around Sneakers For Summer – Nike Air Force 1 ’07 White Black
Brand: Nike | Model: Air Force 1 ’07 | Color: White / Black | Material: Leather
When it comes to the ultimate trainers for summer, you’ll probably be hard-pressed to find a more complete option than a pair of Nike Air Force 1s.
Since the model’s debut in 1982, the low-top silhouette has become a true timeless classic that is still hugely popular to this day.
For this summer though, we’ve picked this white and black ’07 colorway as we think it features one of the cleanest designs from some of Nike’s newer releases.
Not only that, but the simplistic color palette makes them easy to style and match with your summer clothes, making them worth looking out for in warmer temperatures.
By the way, check out Crep Protect and our Air Force 1 cleaning guide here if you’re looking to keep your sneakers fresh.
Best Jordan Sneakers For Summer – Union LA x Air Jordan 2 Rattan
Brand: Air Jordan | Model: Air Jordan 2 | Color: Rattan / Mermaid Red / Orange Peel | Material: Sweden
Jordan’s collaboration with Union LA was one of the most anticipated releases of the year, which is one of the reasons we chose the “Rattan” colorway as the ultimate Jordan sneaker for this summer.
What we particularly love about the design of this shoe is that it is completely unique to some of the best Jordan 2 colorways and includes mostly warm tones to match the changing weather.
The bulk of the trainers are dressed in a light tan suede, accented with hints of bright orange across the mesh side panels and red on Jordan branding on the tongues.
All in all, we think there’s no better pair of Jordan sneakers that fit the summer themes than these “Rattan” 2s.
Best Lightweight Sneakers For Summer – adidas Ultraboost 22 White
Brand: adidas | Model: Ultraboost 22 | Color: Cloud White | Material: primeknit
As temperatures rise, owning a pair of lightweight, breathable trainers is essential to ensure you stay comfortable in the heat.
We think the Ultraboost 22 ticks that box, especially this all-white pair that can be paired with almost any outfit you desire.
On top of that, the sneakers feature adidas’ Boost technology, which is known to be one of the most comfortable and durable foam materials.
It’s also worth mentioning that the upper’s yarn contains at least 50% Parley Ocean plastic and 50% recycled polyester, making it a great sustainable choice for summer.
Best Budget Sneakers For Summer – adidas Superstar Ambient Sky
Brand: adidas | Model: Superstar | Color: Cloud White / Ambient Sky | Material: Leather
If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper pair of trainers for the summer, we’d say you can’t go wrong with a pair of adidas Superstar.
These Ambient Sky Superstars, in particular, seem like a great choice for warmer weather.
Their classic white leather base is paired with light blue detailing to match the light blue skies the change of season brings.
You also get gold accents with Superstar branding to the lateral sides, completing the design of these timeless adidas trainers.
Best White Sneakers For Summer – BAPE x Reebok Club C 85
Brand: Reebok | Model: Club C 85 | Color: White | Material: Leather
This BAPE collaboration with Reebok keeps most of the classic Club C style intact, but the Japanese brand adds some subtle details of its own to take these trainers to the next level.
Along the lateral sides you get the usual Reebok Club C styling, while the medial sides feature BAPE’s Shooting Star logo to match BAPE branding on the heel and tongue tabs.
The most interesting design detail, however, is the exposed blue and red stitching which contrasts, but also complements the white leather beautifully.
All in all, we think these Reebok collabs are a great choice if you’re looking for a pair of white trainers for the summer.
Best Sneaker Collab For Summer – Billie Eilish x Nike Air Force 1 High
Brand: Nike | Model: Air Force 1 | Color: Mushroom | Material: Sweden
After collaborating with Jordan last year, Billie Eilish continued her partnership with Nike, this time to release these amazing Air Force 1 Highs.
The Mushroom tone that dresses all of the sneakers is the perfect color to match the hot summer climate.
With the signature five straps on the laces as well, these Billie Eilish Air Force 1s look like the perfect sneaker collaboration to rock this summer.
Best high-end sneakers for summer – sacai x Nike VaporWaffle
Brand: Sacai x Nike | Model: Vapor Waffle | Color: Sail / White | Material: Nylon and suede
If you’re looking to stand out this summer, then these highly anticipated sacai x Nike VaporWaffle should do the trick.
We particularly recommend the white and voile colourway as it should be lightweight and easy to wear with almost any summer outfit.
Buying a pair can be a little tricky now, so if they’re not available at Nike, check out the resale market on StockX.
Frequently asked questions about sneakers for summer
With so many options to choose from, you may have a number of questions about picking the perfect sneakers for summer.
Don’t worry, because we’ve answered some of the most common questions here.
Can you wear black sneakers in summer?
Many people tend to avoid wearing black sneakers in the summer because the shade absorbs heat; However, choosing a pair of black shoes can help you stand out from the crowd in the sun.
However, we recommend opting for a lighter and more casual pair of black sneakers if you were to choose them this summer.
Ultimately, the choice comes down to personal preference as there are no restrictions on what you can wear in hot weather.
Can you wear leather sneakers in summer?
Similar to black shoes, leather sneakers can sometimes be overlooked in the summer due to their reputation for ruggedness.
Again, we think leather shoes are a great choice, especially if you’re looking to avoid the lightweight knit sneaker style.
Of course, a pair of Nike Flyknit or Primeknit Ultraboost is lighter and more breathable; however, they can also limit your clothing options.
The choice is yours though, which ultimately comes down to your personal style.
How to clean your sneakers for the summer?
This is a tricky question to answer as it will depend on the material of your shoes.
For leather sneakers, we recommend brushing off any debris before scrubbing with a cloth dampened in warm water and mild soap.
A similar method can be used for cloth and canvas shoes; however, they may take a little longer to dry.
For suede sneakers, you will need to use a suede rubber, like this Kiwi Suede Eraser, to remove stubborn stains.
For more, see our guide to cleaning leather and suede shoes here.
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