Nowadays, it’s impossible to keep up with the sneaker hype cycle, regardless of every new, highly anticipated drop. However, it’s worth keeping up with the broader sneaker trends and what’s going on with smart shoes. Why? Because change is going on.
There is not much invention about more technology in our shoes, making our shoes more technical and comfortable at the same time. Smart shoes and sneakers become more casual, while some sneakers become more elegant. And then there is the breathtaking selection of designs today – with your shoes you can communicate your style and individuality better than almost anything else in your wardrobe.
So what are you wearing? These are the spring-summer shoe trends that we’re keeping pace with this year.
– Skate Shoes Are Everywhere
Skate wear has grown up. It is no longer just for children hanging out on the outskirts of the city that skate brands like Palace have set the agenda for men’s clothing, while classic skater staples have infiltrated trunks of all kinds.
There are hoodies in the office, logos, vans everywhere that are worn with tailoring, as well as a hard-wearing pair of Dickies.
Another proof is the fact that not only Vans and Converse make classic skater sneaker styles. Now Grenson and Common Projects are making smart versions of slip-ons that are elegant enough to pair with a blazer. And damn easy to boot.
– Seriously Bold Colours
We have always found it easier to slip in color when the sun shines. Pastel pink just doesn’t work so well when thrown away. It’s no wonder that a number of shoe brands dive into their archives for a subtle summer reinvention by adding an inviting color to their classic silhouettes.
The British high street shoe store Clark did this with its desert boots and wallabee shapes (the dreamy tone is particularly striking), while Converse continues to build its masterful Chuck 70 with more colors than a festival’s glittering booth.
Just make sure you temper this color pop with neutral, color-blocked pants or shorts.Kacamata Rayban
– Smart Shoes Get Chunky (And Comfortable)
Chunky soles don’t seem to go anywhere. We first saw them become more popular on ugly sneakers a few years ago, and now they’re getting into smarter shoes that traditionally have sleek leather soles.
These chunky soles give a certain advantage to more formal styles and set them apart from the connotations with which they have often been associated. It can be white Vibram wedge soles that are light and comfortable, or more aggressive command soles that are ready to tackle anything you throw at them.
This spring, look for suede styles with chunky soles – maybe a slipper – that go well with tailoring or casual wear over the weekend.