17 Summery Pairs of Sneakers That Are Better Than Flip Flops

Sandals are great but…have you tried sneakers that give your feet actual support (and prevent them from getting filthy)? Sneakers are taking the number one spot as our go-to shoe during the warmer months. With styles that come in gingham, cherry print, and a literal beach scene, the freshest kicks are more seasonally appropriate than flip flops. Shop our roundup of the best summer sneakers, here.

1 Vans Classic Slip-On

Vans zappos.com


Vans’ classic, easy to slip on style, but in a cheery picnic-blanket gingham print.  

2 Air Force 1 High LX

Nike nike.com


Another classic kick but in a summer-ready bold color.

3 Transparent Soled Sneakers

ZARA zara.com


Plain white plimsolls are the ballet flats of sneakers, and these are a ridiculous steal at under $40. 

4 Burberry Check Sneakers



Riccardo Tisci is bringing back the Burberry check in a big way, and infusing it into everyday pieces like these sneakers. Hey, if you want to show off your label love, this is a comfy way to do it.

5 Chuck Taylor All Star 70

Converse finishline.com


Converse searched their archives as inspiration for this retro style that will make you feel like an extra in The Sandlot. 

6 Avocado Platform Sneakers

Superga shopbop.com


These are for the girl who never says no to extra guac. Total whimsy, plus a little extra height without a heel.

7 R13 Beach Print Lace Up Sneakers

R13 shopbop.com


 It’s the opposite of the spare, white, sneaker. A whole summer beach party on your feet.

8 Women’s Disruptor 2 Premium Neon Lace-Up Sneakers

FILA bloomingdales.com


Fluoro chunky kicks that were made for the ‘gram.

9 Intruder Trainers

CAT topshop.com


CAT is known for construction equipment, but they’ll be known for their footwear if they keep making sneakers this good. 

10 Air Max 720 Sneaker

NIKE nordstrom.com


Air Max 720s are the highest bubble soles Nike has ever made. These also look like a Firecracker popsicle, too. 

11 Tretorn Lace-Up Lite Sneakers

Tretorn bergdorfgoodman.com


Tretorn’s classic kick, but with a playful rainbow detail.

12 Addict Leather Colorblock Sneakers

Ash saksfifthavenue.com


Perhaps the dad sneaker trend is more palatable in pastel? 

13 ASOS Dodger Sneakers

Asos DESIGN us.asos.com


I’m obsessed with cherry print, and these cost less than a bag of organic cherries.

14 Gola® for J.Crew Coaster high-top sneakers in Liberty® floral

J.Crew jcrew.com


Plain white high-tops go great with cropped jeans or denim skirts and this collab from Gola and J.Crew has just the right amount of difference: subtle floral detailing.

15 Eyelet Lace Up Sneakers

Loft loft.com


Style this girlish pair of sneakers with a little white dress.  

16 Sambarose Sneakers

adidas adidas.com


Millennial purple is the new Millenial pink. There I said it. 

17 Eclypse Sneakers

Stella McCartney net-a-porter.com


Sneakers for when you’re feeling extra, these Stella McCartney kicks have everything: platform, rainbow, and they’re iridescent. 

Justine Carreon is the market editor at ELLE.com covering fashion, Dutch ovens, and fashion again.

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