With the sun blazing over our heads and the heat in full swing, I think its fitting to take a look at some of the best shoes to buy and wear this summer. This list has been compiled on the basis of style, comfort and price to bring you the best sneakers for the summer months.
Air Force 1 “White on White”
The Nike AF1 has been one of the best silhouettes for the summer since it first hit shelves in a big way in 1983, and even more so in the classic White on White colorway. These AF1s are a shoe worn by both sneaker heads and the general public alike and have grown to become some of the most iconic, popular and recognisable shoes ever released by Nike. In fact these shoes are so popular the they are considered one of Nike’s best selling shoes of all time! According to sporting goods analyst Matt Powell, these shoes sold 12 million pairs in just one year!
By now you must have figured that these shoes aren’t really hard to come by. Almost always available at Nike retail stores and on Nike.com for a retail price of $90, these shoes are perfect for any sneaker head on a budget. As for style this clean white shoe is extremely versatile and goes well with almost any pair of pants, and being a low top, any pair of shorts (something quite important for a summer shoe). Moreover these shoes have something special which most other shoes don’t, they look amazing beaten up. Beating up a pair of White on Whites gives the shoe a whole new and unique character, in fact they look so good that some people buy them just to beat them up! Being pure white also has another perk, these shoes are great canvases for customisation. Customising can allow the wearer to inject their own individual style into their shoes creating a unique one of a kind piece that no one else has and that can go with their own personal style. The white on whites are just as comfortable as any other pair of AF1s and are the perfect lifestyle shoe for the summertime.
Adidas Originals Stan Smith
Originally created in 1963, Adidas’ first tennis shoe was originally named after French player Robert Haillet. This name stuck until ’71 when Haillet retired and the shoe was rebranded under the name of another legendary tennis player, Stan Smith. A leather shoe in an era dominated by canvas, the Stan Smith was originally praised for its durability and performance. A unique feature of this shoe is the Adidas branding, which instead of the iconic three stripes is present in the form of three rows of perforated holes. The 80’s saw the popularity of the Stan Smiths explode and they were worn off court almost more often than on it.
The clean silhouette of the shoe makes it extremely versatile. Apart from the classic green and white, the shoe is available in a plethora of colours and materials and even has a variation sporting a full length boost midsole. As a result it isn’t difficult to find the perfect Stan Smith for every outfit. Again, being a low top the shoe looks great with shorts too. The shoe is extremely comfortable for daily use and the prime knit varieties are extremely breathable. Stan Smiths are almost always available at Adidas stores for a price of $80, though this may vary depending on the colorway and the materials used on the shoe. Overall the Stan Smith is a classic, comfortable and affordable shoe and is an integral part of every summer rotation.
Vans Old Skool “Black/White”
The classic Vans skate shoe, the old school was the first to bear the iconic vans side stripe. First releasing in 1977 the shoe was first dubbed “Style 36”. Since then the shoe has only boomed in popularity, especially in this classic black and white colorway. The shoe is worn by everyone from skaters to rappers and celebrities and looks good with any pair of jeans or shorts. The shoe is made of a mix canvas and suede on the upper with a rubber midsole and the iconic Vans waffle sole. This shoe is the perfect beater, getting these shoes dirty gives them a whole new character, similar to the white on white AF1s but to an even greater extent. This shoe is extremely comfortable and breathable and great for the summer heat. Priced at $60, shoe is also extremely affordable compared to many others currently on the market and is easy to get your hands on as it is available at nearly every Vans store and local skate store across the globe.
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