Oh, summer. Every single year we’re always so hopeful that the most eagerly anticipated season will live up to our expectations of a perfectly warm climate, a light refreshing breeze and a subsequent Mojito in hand. In all honesty we’d probably have been better off placing bets on the wettest summer EVER. So much so that we should probably rename the season to something equally as depressing as the weather – anyone with us? As much as we’d love to be flaunting our feet all day every day (no foot fetishes here, we promise) the tragic British weather seems to be a slight barrier. Sandals at bay? We think so. Sob. I mean come on, it’s mid July and we can’t even walk across Nando’s car park without suffering the wrath of a torrential downpour, but we’re not bitter or anything so it’s cool. We are however prepared when it comes to footwear which is the next best thing, right? Say hello to our little friends…
The adidas Gazelle is undoubtedly one of the most classic three-stripe icons. Originals always highlight the relationship between the past and present so to remain true to form, adidas are having a huge Gazelebration to acknowledge the success of 30 years of iconic terrace styling, sported by some of the hottest celebrities. The new launch includes a slightly reformed design, maintaining the original Gazelle silhouette while introducing a new vintage suede upper. In classic black, it keeps simplicity and style in check. Gazelles are back in full force ladies and gents.
These gorgeous Sun Glow Gazelles are also part of the Gazelebration. The aim of the relaunch is to define a contemporary street look for the future, ensuring the Gazelle reclaims its position amongst adidas classics with the celebrated relaunch of the archival ’90s style. This silhouette has undergone a subtle summer makeover, refreshing the casual classic with a high-end material treatment in premium perforated nubuck with a hint of metallic – beautiful and bang on trend. The summer palette and white contrast three-stripes is the perfect seasonal release.
Can you really handle summer without a classic pair of Converse though? Simple, versatile and effortless – the perfect combination. The All Star low lace-up trainers are vintage old-skool and are the go-to shoe for a casual canvas affair. The iconic rubber toe cap means this classic sneaker is an essential wardrobe staple come rain or shine. The great thing about crisp white Converse is that you’ll be channeling those summer vibes even if it’s a little bit dull, wet or windy outside. What’s not to love about a little bit of summer spirit, eh?
If you’re keen to opt for more of an edgy and urban vibe then you can’t go wrong with a pair of silver Reebok Classics which have made a concrete comeback on the fashion scene. Metallic is a core trend that quite simply has no promise of budging any time soon, so the two together is most certainly a killer combo. The classic silhouette has maintained its retro style which was at the forefront of ’90s fashion – it’s no wonder that they’re going down a storm this season. We’re talking Reebok festival fashion, street style and all things urban chic.
If you’re really looking to make a statement this summer, then these are some kicks that you seriously can’t miss – quite literally. Streetwear specialist Y-3 has added to its footwear edit with the Kyujo low-top trainers. Built from orange lightweight neoprene they are sleek and directional with zigzag laces and an orange bubble sole which adds an innovative statement detail. The unique design and bold colour means your feet will certainly be the centre of attention this summer. That we can promise – do you dare?
We know we’re stepping into risky territory right here, but could we possibly compile the best of summer footwear without including a mind-blowingly pretty pair of sandals? No, we couldn’t. These Arizona two strap sandals from Birkenstock have adjustable straps and a padded foot bed for optimum comfort. But the best bit? The gorgeous iridescent snake print. We’re talking mermaid, princess and unicorn vibes all rolled into one and if that alone doesn’t make it the prettiest sandal of all time, we don’t know what does.
Last but not least is a his and hers addition to the summer footwear scene. Matchy matchy we know, but kinda cute. Pool slides are seriously in right now so why not invest. After all, couples that dress together stay together, right? The men’s version features a padded strap and standout oversized white Nike branding. The moulded footbed with textured detailing creates a laid back massaging effect which is perfect for around the pool. The women’s slide is pretty much identical but instead features double padded straps. A simple, comfy and classic poolside essential.