Do your feet a favor this summer and trade out your stilettos for a pair of sneakers. With the merging of streetwear and high fashion you won’t have to give up an ounce of style. Here, we’ve gathered options comfortable enough to traverse the city yet chic enough to wear almost anywhere.
From infant to size 16, the whole family can get in on the look at VANS where choices include flamingos, flags and hula girls on classic styles that have been best sellers since 1966. Each year the company offers a limited edition collaboration; currently it’s with Nintendo and sports a fun lineup of iconic video game characters like Donkey Kong, Super Mario Brothers and Princess Peach. Seeking something even more original? Take advantage of VANS’ design-your-own program and choose a pattern that perfectly suits your personality. 1708 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA
Style with Support
At Benjamin Lovell Shoes, you’ll find a print explosion with floral slip-on women’s sneakers from TAOS, which are just as stylish as they are comfortable—they have the added bonus of a significant insole. Other brands that mix style and support include Cloud’s light sneakers that wear like walking shoes; Gabor’s metallic linen style that add a chic gleam to an all-white outfit; and a slim, silvery option from Waldläufer, a German company just entering the U.S. 119 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, PA; 318 South St., Philadelphia, PA; 525 Glen Eagle Sq., Glen Mills, PA
Connoiseurs of Craftmanship
At independent boutique Lapstone & Hammer the focus is on quality, craftsmanship and artisan offerings. Focusing on the global trend of sneakers mixing with couture is the Filling Pieces line, designed by a Dutch architect and handmade in Portugal with Italian leather. Each piece in the line blends athletic and fashion elements in striking ways, such as a salmon scale woven leather topping a Margom vulcanized rubber Kobe ripple sole. Lapstone & Hammer is also known for reissues of retro styles in new colorways; locals camp out for weekly drops of Jordans or Nikes that sell out instantly. 1106 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA
The Artful Sneaker
With gallery-like displays and an actual art gallery housed in a historic mansion, UBIQ is the ultimate showcase for high-end street style. For over a decade aficionados have flocked to this sleek boutique for sneakers that are hard to find anywhere else. Here they carry swooshless Air Jordans of full-grained tumbled tonal leathers, Adidas Samoas of premium suede and hurache Nikes with perforated soles that keep feet your cool in the heat. Right now, seek out the sophisticated Yeezy Boost 750 by Kanye West and lightweight Natives with brightly colored perforated uppers that work well at home or a classy city restaurant. UBIQ even offers its own line of sneakers, conceptualized in Philly and made by hand in Italy of suede and soft cow grain by the legendary company Diadora. 1509 Walnut St., Philadelphia, PA