The Best Sneakers You Need This Summer

Step up your warm weather sneaker game by adding a few of these kicks to your rotation

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Summer sneakers are a rite of passage. You get a brand new, un-scuffed pair and they become your favourite footwear all season long—you’re either barefoot, or you’re in these. They almost never make it to winter, but then again, they’re not supposed to. These are the shoes for kicking off in the sand. But they should still look good enough for a trip back into the city. These sneaker picks dress up easily with a lightweight pair of pants and a proper shirt, but won’t look out of place with a swimsuit.

The Iconic Tennis Shoe


Named for the player, the Adidas Stan Smiths (R1179, Zando) are the iconic tennis shoe, and they’ve been around since the ‘70s. Plus, they’re lightweight and come with a few different choices for the pop of colour on the back. We’re partial to tennis court green.

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The Throwback

This classic sneaker comes in a variety of interesting designs. The cotton drill lining and padded collar make them comfortable yet able to keep your feet cool throughout the day. Get yours at Superbalist, R799.

The ’80s Baby

So you like a vintage look, but the ’70s aren’t your jam? Put your feet in some Reeboks. The Classic Leather 2.0 brings a fresh look to vintage ’80s styling . Get it (at Spree, R1599) in the pristine white or check the array of other colours – try them in black for your nighttime look, or when the weather gets cool again.

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The Never-Wrong Answer

Overwhelmed by the options? There is always—and will forever be—one unquestionable summer shoe. If you’re new to this, let us introduce you. But, more likely, let’s just get reacquainted. Canvas upper, casual low or high cut, jaunty red stripe, and looks good even as it gets beat up (Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High, R749 at Superbalist). For a new spin on Chuck Taylor’s, Take a look at the One Star or the All Star II.

The Legend

Rocking the track since 1972, The Nike Classic Cortez (R1179 at Zando) kept the retro look with a classic low profile for a comfortable fit and clean, minimalist look.

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