Here Are the 6 Pink Sneakers You Need for Literally Every Occasion
Carefully hand-picked by HYPEBAE editors.
For those who’ve been following our footwear news religiously, you’ll probably notice a massive influx of pink sneaker releases over the past couple of months. With millennial pink becoming fashion’s new favorite color, footwear giants including adidas and Nike have been serving up one rosy-hued sneaker after another — like the NMD_R1 “White Rose” and the Nike Air Presto “Sunset Tint,” just to name a few. And honestly, we’re not complaining about this trend.
As we step into summer, our editors have looked through all of the latest pink sneaker launches to pick what’s possibly the crème de la crème. From the PUMA Suede Platform to the Reebok Club C 85, read on to find out which six pairs of pink kicks you’ll need to complete your sneaker collection.
While you’re at it, check out our millennial pink style guide to learn how you can rock the #trending color this season.
For When You’re Hype And You Know It
Editor’s Pick: adidas NMD_R1 “Pink/Grey”
There’s no doubt the adidas NMD is highly-ranked in the sneaker game. Kanye West’s YEEZY may be the only other worthy contender. Combining that hype with the season’s beloved millennial pink birthed the NMD_R1 “Pink/Grey” in a combination with unparalleled hype. Its pale pink upper screams with heart-thumping power and grey accents on the EVA inserts and rear give it an extra oomph. Like it couldn’t get any better right? Well, think cozy then.
Even retailers couldn’t say no to a restock – “Pink/Grey” and its grey counterpart saw not one, but multiple returns. All pairs are currently sold out so your best bet would be eBay until the next restock. Fingers crossed. — Lily Chen
For When the Invite Says Black Tie but You’re Like, “Naw”
Editor’s Pick: PUMA Suede Platform “Pink Tint”
Since Rihanna became PUMA Women’s creative director in 2015, the company has been thrust back into relevance with many observers appropriately dubbing the phenomenon: the RiRi effect. Confirming what we knew all along, Bad Gal showed us why she’s queen when her revolutionary PUMA Creeper won Shoe of the Year at the annual Footwear News Achievement Awards.
As an homage to the cult-status Creeper, PUMA’s Suede Platform is a rework of the label’s classic Suede silhouette with an elevated restructure. This particular iteration is painted with a beautiful millennial pink palette, perfectly complemented by a cream-colored midsole. A unique satin accent on the side panel adds an extra element of refinement that perhaps gives you just the right amount of wiggle room to get away with opting out of heels for the wedding of your second cousin, twice removed. That, and maybe you just DGAF. Purchase yours for $108 USD at Naked. — Zarah Cheng
For When You Literally Cannot Even
Editor’s Pick: Nike VaporMax “Arctic Pink”
There’s a very fine line between being a #cozygirl and a #lazygirl — and Nike’s VaporMax is apropos for walking said line. If you’re anything like us, then there are times when you probably cannot even be bothered to do anything that requires leaving your bed, but those errands aren’t going to run themselves. It’s already bad enough you have to actually put on real clothes, but the VaporMax is probably as close to being barefoot as you can get. Frankly put, they’re comfy as hell. If you’re going to walk around, you might as well do it on Air, and something about soft pink just makes you feel less sloppy. That wrinkled crewneck is another story. Priced at $180 USD, this pair is set to drop at Nike on June 1. — Ashley Haines
For When You’re Invited to Play Tennis but You Suck at It
Editor’s Pick: Reebok Club C 85 “Desert Stone”
It’s alright, not everyone was naturally born to be an athlete. However, just because you have poor hand-leg coordination like moi doesn’t mean that you can’t feel like a champion on the court. As a proud owner of way too many tennis skirts, I suggest you match up your sporty outfit with Reebok‘s Club C 85, especially this pastel pink “Desert Stone” iteration. A true tennis classic, the low-top sneaker is constructed with a stylish suede upper and is finished with tonal details on the tongue, laces and heel. Rounding off that retro look is an off-white, rubber sole unit. Even if your tennis skills don’t impress your opponent, your footwear game will sure do. Purchase a pair for $84 USD at select Reebok stockists like OFFICE. — Teresa Lam
For When You Want To Skate Like A Girl
Editor’s Pick: Vans Black Ball Hi SF “Pearl Pink”
Vans have long been a staple in everyone’s sneaker rotation for their comfort and timelessness. That also means, whether you’ve ever set foot on a skateboard or not, pretty much everyone (including my dad) owns a pair of the California classics. The Black Ball Hi SF, however, is one of the few silhouettes that’s less common. This pair have a deconstructed outer which gives a vintage feel and the rubber toecap and waffle sole add support on and off the board. Throw in the iconic side-stripe and cover the whole thing in “Pearl Pink,” and you have the perfect sneaker for channelling your inner Peggy Oki and looking both badass and way cute. Retailing at $62 USD, this pair is now available at select Vans stockists. — Nav Gill
For When You Want to Own a Room Without Speaking
Editor’s Pick: FILA Court Deluxe “Strawberry Milk”
The girl in the FILA Court Deluxe knows something that you don’t. Wearers of this sneaker are not afraid to define trends for themselves and own it. Though the Court Deluxe is not the most hyped model, it deserves its own moment. As FILA makes a comeback in the streetwear arena, its footwear is bound to follow — and look now you’re ahead of the wave. This silhouette offers comfort and style all with the ease of straps because sometimes laces are a bit much. The “Strawberry Milk” accents on its body are noteworthy and offer that little bit of pizzazz. If you have to pitch a project or make a presentation, slip these on and let the words come to you. Shop these for $69 USD now at FILA Korea. — Esiwahomi Ozemebhoya
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