Plenty of things are on hold this summer: barbecues, parties, big group beach days. Not hitting pause: a steady drip of bright, slightly kooky, legitimately fun-to-wear summer sneakers. And this week is stacked with top-of-the-line summer drops—groovy collaborations between luxury label Kenzo and Vans, and another from vintage-collector-turned-designer Sean Wotherspoon and Asics. Plus, there’s an eye-catching runner from the French house Lanvin, and Nike is dropping a pitch-perfect colorway of one of its latest new-retro hits.
The California-inspired collection from Kenzo and Vans goes heavy on lively prints and giant flowers. The duo has picked some of the footwear brand’s most iconic styles—the Old Skool and the Sk8-Hi—and have dressed things up with a loud, acidic touch that’ll turn heads—or just look really good with a pair of bright Patagonia Baggies and tall white socks.
A couple years back, an Air Max fanatic named Sean Wotherspoon designed a colorful and corduroy-covered Nike that quickly became one of the most sought-after sneakers of the year. Since then, Wotherspoon has gone on to become a bonafide celebrity in sneaker culture. This week sees the release of his latest handiwork, an equally colorful collaboration with Asics and retailer Atmos that will drop in Japan.
Elsewhere, this fluorescent runner from the luxury house Lanvin has bright style coming out of its eyelets. The low-top sneaker is dressed up in a sleek technical satin with tonal suede trim throughout. In other words: this is a 1970s-era running sneaker that’s been given as high-end an upgrade as you’d expect from an iconic French fashion house.
And, finally, if you’re looking for a more low-key sneaker than others in this roundup, this colorway of Nike’s new-vintage silhouette will do just the trick. The Daybreak originally debuted back in the late 1980s, and the Swoosh reintroduced it in a big way last year. The soft blues and soothing gray shades make for a sneaker that feels fit for summer without going too over the top.