Summer is the perfect season to break out your heat, but it’s also a great time to lace up the bright and colorful pairs in your collection. Summer is also the perfect time for low-tops, runners, and super-casual skate shoes. Grey might have staked its claim as the official color of the summer but that means there is an even bigger opportunity to stand out from the crowd thanks to the influx of releases from brands like New Balance, Nike, adidas, Saucony, and more. From Y2K-era retro runners to modern sneaker models built for performance, here are 6 “New” Sneakers You Need To Try This Summer.
Nike Zoom Vomero 5 “Yellow Ochre”
The Nike Zoom Vomero 5 was originally released in 2011 as a performance running shoe but over the last few months, the “Y2K” style of the shoe has kicked off a retro revival of the shoe. There are plenty of Vomero colorways to choose from, some even at a discount, but the upcoming “Yellow Ochre” set to release in early June has the bright colors and comfort that make it a perfect summer sneaker.
Saucony’s Made of Mushroom Sneakers
If you want to make a more environmentally conscious decision about your summer sneakers, Saucony has you covered with a trio of retro styles made of mushrooms. The Shadow 5000, Shadow 6000, and the 3D Grid Hurricane have all been remade with 95% bio-based materials including mushroom fungi, hemp, and other materials. Recycled laces and cork insoles add the final touches to each of these unique retro runners.
On Cloud 5
If you’ve paid attention to sneakers on the street recently, you have probably seen a rise in the Swiss brand, On. Not only do most of the On running shoes live up to their “walking on clouds” claims, but the brand is turning out more styles and colors that more closely align with sneakerheads than ever before. The latest colorways of the On Cloud 5 running shoe are perfect for staying in shape this summer while doing it in style.
New Balance 580
The New Balance 580 has a deep history among sneaker and streetwear fanatics and this year the brand is bringing the model back with full force. Whether you are looking for a limited-edition collaboration like the one from Stray Rats or one of the many general release colorways on the release calendar, this iconic style that was originally designed by and with the Mita sneakers team in Japan is a comfortable choice for the summer.
Adidas Orktero 2.0
The struggles for adidas to find a way to move past their Yeezy era have been well documented. While that may be the buzz-worthy topic of the moment, the team over at The Three Stripes has steadily been dropping perfectly on-trend heat for the summer. Case in point, the adidas Orktero 2.0, which originated in the early 2000s and has that subtle color combo and chunky cushioning design that makes many of us feel nostalgic. The Core White and Pearlescent Grey colorway seen above is a perfect summer shoe and if you’re not careful, you may end up with even more colorways in your collection before the season ends.
Nike SB Zoom Janoski OG+
If nostalgia is your thing, the return of the Nike SB Zoom Janoski should put a smile on your face. Northern California native, Stefan Janoski’s signature sneaker from Nike Skateboarding was at one point, one of the most popular sneakers on the planet after it first released in 2009. The simple boat shoe-inspired design with its low profile, Zoom Air cushioning, and vulcanized sole design make it one of the most wearable and skateable sneakers Nike SB has ever released.