I'm Not a Sneaker Person, But These Changed My Mind

I almost feel out of touch when I say that I mostly look at sneakers as a practical purchase. I see tons of fellow fashion editors and friends wear casual shoes all the time. And I can’t argue how widely accepted sneakers have become for any and all occasions. But despite how much I love seeing them on others, the truth remains: I’m not a sneaker person.

Sure, I have a small collection for going to the gym, running errands, and occasionally for vacation when I know I have a 20,000-step city tour day ahead of me. But when I truly want to feel put together, sneakers just aren’t a part of my equation. With a few exceptions. I recently scooped up a pair of clean white Vejas because I thought they’d look chic and be comfortable with summer dresses. And once in a while, I’ll even daydream about a particular pair of puffy Acne Studios’ rubber soles that stretch a bit outside my comfort zone (in a good way).

Since I can’t be alone here—I’m speaking to you, fellow sneaker-averse folk—I’ve rounded up some of my favorite summer-ready sneakers that will appeal to even the non-sneakerheads of the bunch.

Not completely a sneaker, but not not a sandal either.

Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.

These are the sneakers I jumped on and will be wearing all summer long (fingers crossed).

Available in sizes EU 38 to EU 41.

If I were to really go for it with a sneaker look, this is the direction I’d take.

Available in sizes EU 35 to EU 41.

Somehow this double-logo moment still feels quite subtle.

Available in sizes 6 to 15.

Even I’ll admit that a pair of under-$100 white canvas sneakers is a great staple for everyone.

Available in sizes 5 to 10.

These with the faint stripes really speak to me.

Available in sizes 6 to 10.

Have you heard this throwback is making a return?

Available in sizes 5 to 14.

Simple with just the smallest flash of color.

Available in sizes EU 35 to EU 41.

Bright white sneakers are great, but I’m challenging myself to get on the beige train next.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

This twisted-leather style is not only unique, but it helps make for a breathable pair of summer shoes.

Available in sizes 6.5 to 9.5.

If sneakers are the practical shoes of choice, imagine how much more practical a neoprene pair could be.

Available in sizes FR 35 to FR 41.

Suede might not feel super summery, but the pink color helps!

Available in sizes 5.5 to 10.5.

If you’re clumsy and you know it, look into a pair of sneakers like these.

Available in sizes 5 to 11.

Platform sneakers are not just a ’00s thing.

Available in sizes 5 to 10.

Laces? You could take ’em or leave ’em.

Available in sizes EU 35 to EU 41.

Consider yourself a more adventurous kicks fan? How many of these sneaker trends have you worn?