I bought a pair of Chloe sneakers recently that changed my whole fashion game. They were a splurge, but they are so unique and add a special sparkle to every outfit I wear them with. Sneakers, at any price point, are a good summer investment. Especially if you skew towards a white and bright pair that can go from the beach to the pickle ball court to drinks at a new restaurant.
Let’s start with the classics. You don’t have to spend a lot to get a sneaker that feels elevated. There’s nothing more summery to me than a pair of Stan Smiths, which pair perfectly with tennis whites and a gin & tonic. Low-top Chuck Taylors are a little bit retro and nostalgic, and come with extra cushioning for comfort. Nike’s Daybreak sneakers feel chic thanks to their masterful use of textures and tone-on-tone neutral color palette. They’re definitely not cheap, but the red, green and white Guccis are as classic as it gets.
If you’re looking for a sneaker with a little extra something, of course I recommend my Chloes. But I really love these TechLoom APL shoes at a more approachable price point. The shape of the sneakers remind me of a lot of the Balenciaga, and there’s the same graphic appeal as the Chloes. The Adidas Ozweego sneakers look like something out of the future, but the relatively tame white and gray colors make them very wearable. These sequined Golden Goose superstar sneakers aren’t exactly subtle, but maybe you want to make more of a statement!
All of the shoes so far have had a pretty fashionable bent, but maybe you want more of an athletic shoe that happens to look cool. On’s Cloudflow sneakers have revolutionary technology designed by the Swiss for an ultra-comfortable walking or running shoe. And, they do look really cool.
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