The fashion sneaker has seen something of a rebirth. Perhaps it’s the constant evolution of the athletic trend, seeing sport fabrics and motifs on runways season after season. Maybe it’s the popularity of the California casual lifestyle of Lululemon leggings and sneakers for everything from errands to drinks with friends. But “fashion sneaker” no longer means a comfortable shoe not technologically advanced or well made enough for athletes but not cool or stylish enough to be worn stylishly. The sneaker is having a moment, and everyone from athletic brands to high-end designers knows it.
For a while, everyone was doing a diffusion line or a handbag line, but this summer, everyone fashion-forward is putting their name on sneakers. From preppy to punk, there’s something for everyone and these are our top picks.