Basic white sneakers are a wardrobe staple, and yet even though they’ve hit critical mass with the fashion cognoscenti and look good with just about anything, it’s time to acknowledge they have a glaring critical flaw: Their lifespan is woefully brief. They get dingy so quickly that if you aren’t keeping them up with a bristle brush and some shoe tonic, you’re trading them in for a new pair or retiring them for good.
But that’s no reason to give up on a kicked back, comfy look. A slew of styles are cropping up that take plain sneakers to the next level. Adorned with tassels, pom poms, prints, and sequins, or stiched with embroidery, they’re adorable as they are functional. And they’re a little more forgiving when it comes to showing wear and tear.
Scroll below to shop some of our fave styles that will put the spring back in your step.
Seychelles Crocheted Fringe Sneakers
If these crocheted sneakers don’t say spring is near, I don’t know what does. Bursting with color, they have a smooth leather inner and supple rubber sole.
Tassels are too hard to resist. These vibrant sneakers have a leather heel that folds down to easily convert to slip-on mules for year-round wear.
Superga Camo Sneakers
These sporty camo sneakers by Italian brand Superga are boardwalk ready.
J Slides Adel Floral Sneaker
It is hard to beat J Slides when it comes to comfort, and this pretty-in-pink version of their lace-up style is sweet.
Steve Madden Geary Embroidered Sneaker
Take any ensemble up a notch with these silky, embroidered sneakers.
Easy to dress up or down, these sunny ruffled slip-ons brighten any day.
Vans Old School Yacht Club Sneaker
The name says it all, retro cool in a colorful package.
Paul Smith Nolan Sneaker
Stand out from the crowd with these rainbow-soled sneakers by Paul Smith.
Seychelles Pommed Sneakers
Made of uber soft suede and adorned with a funky pom pom, these sneakers take you from kicked back to trés chic instantly.
Lovely as an English garden in May, and the price ain’t so bad either.
Superga Winking Eye Sneakers
Ward off bad juju and keep your feet happy at the same time with these winking eye kicks from Superga.
adidas Twinstrike ADV Sneaker
Running doesn't have to be boring! These adidas runners are anything but.
Tretorn Camden 5
Get your shine on with these glam low tops from Tretorn.
Soludos Embroidered Low Top
Embroidered with a sun and rainbow and outfitted with a groovy cork insole, these Soludos sneakers in durable canvas are so summer friendly.
Kate Spade Lotus Pink
These glittery pink slip ons from Kate Spade are ready for some cruising.
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