10 Sneakers You Should Be Wearing This Spring

  • Marcus Allen

    Nike Air Force 1

    The Nike Air Force 1 is one shoe that has a large cult following, with plenty of sneaker collectors devoted to just collecting Air Force 1’s and nothing else. If there’s a song penned after it then that’s saying a lot in terms of what the kicks mean to the culture of sneaker collecting.

    Through the years, it’s been the go-to canvas for customizations, and even a favorite choice for collaborators to work on. You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of white-on-white “Uptowns,” however, if you want to try something new, the latest Flyknit iterations will take your shoe rotation to the next level.

    Overall, this silhouette is going to be big for Nike in 2016 so they’ll be plenty of different upgraded options available in high, mid, and low cuts.

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  • adidas Stan Smith best spring sneakers

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    adidas Stan Smith

    The Shell Toe might be the best-selling adidas sneaker of 2015, but let’s take a look at another banger in the adidas lineup. The Stan Smith was first introduced in 1963, but eventually got pulled from the shelves in 2012. Thank the sneaker gods for bringing it back in 2014. Since then trendsetters have hopped on the shoe and the co-signs haven’t stopped. The collaborations kept coming, with Pharrell to even Raf Simons churning out their own colorways. There’s nothing stopping this wave, so you better ride on ASAP.

    The original colorway is a must for any season.

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  • Puma Suede best spring sneakers

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    Puma Suede

    It was Walt “Clyde” Frazier who made these shoes popular in the ’70s. In the streets they were a favorite among the freshest b-boys pulling off backspins on linoleum. Today, the shoe is going through another revival as artists like Rihanna and Solange are taking a style that’s ripe for collaboration and putting their own twists to it. It’s a straightforward, clean shoe that will go with anything in your closet.

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  • Nike Air Huarache best spring sneakers

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    Nike Air Huarache

    Have you ever walked around the house with just your socks on? Comfortable, isn’t it? Well that’s exactly what the Huarache is: a shoe that hugs your feet with a snug, sock-like fit. It’s arguably one of the most comfortable shoes in Nike’s lineup. And the colorways to choose from can go from monochromatic to multi-colored real quick.

    Like all trainers, the shoes caught fire overseas with the UK folks showing them some love. Now fans stateside are catching onto the shoes more than ever before. And it’s hard to say no to some white-on-white swagger.

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  • adidas Ultra Boost best spring sneakers

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    adidas Ultra Boost

    Besides his signature shoe, the one other shoe Kanye West has been rocking has been the adidas Ultra Boost. But you don’t need a celebrity co-sign to help you put these shoes on your feet. Try them on yourselves and you will see just how comfortable these are to walk in.

    With a slew of collaborations already out and more down the pipeline, one of adidas’ newest hits is fast becoming a future classic.

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  • Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 2 best spring sneakers

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    Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 2 (and the original)

    No matter how many innovations have come and gone in the sneaker world, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is a no-frills, rubber and cotton combination of perfection. It’s been a mainstay in closets for years. Wear them clean or beat them up, they’ll still look good. Nothing beats simplicity and the Converse All Star proves that and it will not be going anywhere anytime soon.

    In 2016, the Chuck 2 is taking the old classic and giving it a more modern feel, with a style I haven’t heard any complaints about. Grab a pair of the new camos or keep it classic. Both will work.

    Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star best spring sneakers

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  • adidas Yeezy Boost 350 best spring sneakers

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    adidas Yeezy Boost 350

    Most of the shoes on this list have been around for ages. But the Yeezys are some of the newest on the block. How can you ignore them? Every since Kanye West left Nike, he’s left a trail of rabid fans and sold out sneakers around the globe. You pretty much need a bot to purchase one of these bad boys.

    So have the Yeezys really jumped over the Jumpman? Not really, but if they continue selling out at the pace they are now, you never know…

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    Nike Air Max 90

    Nike’s Air Max line is rich with heat, but one shoe that has remained popular through the years with various retros and collaborations is the Air Max 90. If you are the kind of person that likes to know what type of comfort you’re buying in a shoe, then just look at the sole unit of the AM90. The exposed Air bubble lets you know that you are literally walking on a pocket of air. The shoe celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, and it may not peak in popularity anytime soon.

    The classic Infrared is a must.

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    Air Jordan 1

    The Air Jordan 1 really needs no explanation for why it’s an essential spring fit piece…or even all year for that matter. If you need one, though, here it is: it’s the shoe that helped start it all. You know…the whole sneaker collecting frenzy, considering it was the first Jordan ever released.

    Over the past few years, a number of amazing colorways have dropped. It’s hard to go wrong with any of them.

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    adidas NMD

    The adidas NMD might look like a shoe that adidas released sometime in the ’80s, but it’s actually the newest out of the bunch and debuted just in the past few months. The nostalgic vibes might be due to the design inspirations, which reference OG silhouettes like the Micropacer, Boston Super, and the Rising Star. A great shoe if you’re a lover of the Three-Stripes’ history, and the references here are laced with 21st century upgrades.

    Fun fact: the same designer who made these shoes also helped design the Yeezy Boost.

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  • adidas Stan Smith best spring sneakers
  • Puma Suede best spring sneakers
  • Nike Air Huarache best spring sneakers
  • adidas Ultra Boost best spring sneakers
  • Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star 2 best spring sneakers
  • adidas Yeezy Boost 350 best spring sneakers

The fever for sneakers has ratcheted up this year, bringing people to switch out their sturdy hard-bottom shoes for the comfort of rubber soles…so much so that the best spring sneakers are taking over the office environment and your bosses can’t tell you nothing because they might be wearing some too. Who can blame them? There are so many fire jawnz being released that it’s practically unavoidable. With the warmer weather ahead it’s more certain we will see those wingtips and boots tucked away until next winter.

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OG tennis shoes with clean silhouettes keep coming back better than ever every year, often thanks to collaborations with many of the culture’s most popular style luminaries. There are also new designs dropping and getting snatched up so quick they don’t even have time to warm up the display shelves–I’m talking everything from the adidas NMD to the new edition of the Converse Chucks. Runners are dominating the market, and not because everyone just picked up an interest in marathons.

It’s not about sport, but more about lifestyle. Whether it’s the classics or lightweight innovations laced with the new technology you are looking for, the choices are endless. There is something out there for everyone, which means more kicks to perfect your Instagram photos with.

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There is a lot of product to get excited for in 2016. However, if you want the key to successfully finishing your outfit from top to bottom, there are staples–timeless staples–you need in your closet. And that almost always starts with the best spring sneakers.

Give the young style enthusiasts a run for their money. Here are 10 Sneakers You Should Be Wearing This Spring.

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