Sneakers are a common wardrobe essential for women who place comfort before anything else. While celebrities and models are typically seen hitting red carpet events and shows in dressy pumps or towering boots, many often ditch their heels for a pair of trainers when they can finally catch a breath. With sports brands and luxury fashion houses alike releasing splurge-worthy silhouettes and unique colorways almost weekly, we’ve been seeing many of our favorite celebrities rocking fresh kicks this spring/summer season. From Jhené Aiko‘s Chanel high-tops to Karrueche Tran‘s sold-out Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97, feast your eyes on the hottest sneakers right now by reading our list below. Be sure to let us know in the comments section who has the best shoes.
THE SNEAKER: Virgil Abloh’s “Ghosting” Converse Chuck 70
WHERE TO BUY THEM: If you’re lucky, you might still be able to cop a pair from these stockists.
Kehlani’s transparent Converse Chuck 70‘s are hands down one of the most talked-about sneakers at the moment. The Virgil Abloh-designed shoes, which released earlier in May, features unique, clear uppers that are on-trend these days. On the shoes, you’ll also find the Off-White™ designer’s signature motifs, including an eye-catching, red zip tie as well as the phrase “VULCANIZED,” which is printed on the lateral of the translucent sole unit.
THE SNEAKER: adidas Originals ARKYN
WHERE TO BUY THEM: The shoe is available between $140 USD and $160 USD in a number of colorways at adidas Originals.
As an adidas Originals ambassador, Kendall Jenner has of course been repping the new Three Stripes runner ARKYN. This particular pair seen on the It-model is dubbed “Ash Pearl/Grey,” which is made up of nude-toned uppers accented by contrasting “Noble Indigo” details. Constructed with the sports giant’s iconic BOOST sole, this comfy silhouette is ideal for day-to-night wear.
THE SNEAKER: Nike Air Max 98
WHERE TO BUY THEM: You can pick up a pair in your preferred colorway at nike.com for $160 USD.
If you haven’t already, you should familiarize yourself with Nike’s Air Max 98 model this season. The retro design began to gain traction among sneakerheads once again when the OG “Gundam” colorway was released earlier this year. Bella Hadid’s “Gym Red” iteration seems to be sold out at most Swoosh stockists, but you can still get your hands on this throwback style in “Barely Rose” and “Sail” among other options.
THE SNEAKER: Balenciaga Triple-S
WHERE TO BUY THEM: The designer sneaker is available for $895 USD at select retailers like Barneys New York.
Like many of us, HyunA has developed a major obsession with the Balenciaga Triple-S. A proud owner of a handful of colorways, the Korean pop star has recently been spotted wearing the Demna Gvasalia-designed shoes at various occasions. Featuring a head-turning, chunky sole unit, the ultimate dad sneaker is a style booster to any casual summer look.
THE SNEAKER: Nike Air Max 97
WHERE TO BUY THEM: This silhouette is selling from $160-185 USD online and in-store at Nike.
For those who identify as a sneaker enthusiast, chances are you have at least a pair of the Nike Air Max 97’s in your footwear collection. Equal parts classic and versatile, the shoe is well-loved by Joyride singer Tinashe, who owns the highly sought-after “Metallic Gold” colorway. This iteration has recently re-released by popular demand, so for those who didn’t manage to cop during the previous drops, be sure to hit up your local sneaker store before it’s gone again.
THE SNEAKER: Sean Wotherspoon x Nike Air Max 1/97
WHERE TO BUY THEM: Sorry, this limited-edition pair is sold out literally everywhere, but try your luck at resale sites like Heroine.
We could probably all agree that Sean Wotherspoon’s Nike Air Max 1/97 is one of the hottest kicks of 2018. The corduroy-covered hybrid model, which saw a general release on this year’s Nike Air Max Day, created huge buzz among the sneaker community. Karrueche, who’s arguably a sneaker aficionado herself, is among the lucky ones who got a pair of the limited-edition shoes.
THE SNEAKER: Louis Vuitton Archlight
WHERE TO BUY THEM: The luxury trainer is retailing at $1,090 USD at Louis Vuitton locations worldwide.
Originally debuted at the Parisian brand’s SS18 runway show, Louis Vuitton‘s statement making Archlight has earned the love of style stars like Hailey Baldwin among others. Characterized by its dramatic, wave-shaped outsole, the sneaker will turn heads no matter where you go. Hailey’s pair comes in a timeless black and white combo, but for those who dare to go even bolder, take a look at this LV monogram iteration.
THE SNEAKER: Chanel Pre-Spring 2018 Sneaker
WHERE TO BUY THEM: To purchase this pair, head over to your local Chanel boutique.
Like many luxury fashion houses, Chanel has really stepped up its sneaker game over the past few seasons. The brand’s Pre-Spring 2018 styles have been particularly well-received, and have been frequently spotted on celebrities like Jhené Aiko. Constructed with suede calfskin and lambskin, this bright orange style is a great way to inject a pop of color to your summer outfit.
THE SNEAKER: Céline Delivery Sneaker
WHERE TO BUY THEM: For $850 USD, you can shop this pair at select Céline storefronts.
For the minimalist at heart, prepare to fall in love with Céline‘s super sleek Delivery Sneaker. The Phoebe Philo creation is clean and understated, yet it still features en vogue elements including a stacked sole and a hint of purple. Irene Kim perfectly demonstrates in the picture above how you can incorporate these shoes into your laid-back weekend look.
THE SNEAKER: YEEZY 500
WHERE TO BUY THEM: You might still be able to find a pair in your size online at resale platforms.
Finally, our editor-approved YEEZY 500. Released back in April, the Kanye West runner might be our favorite design yet from the Chicago rapper. His sister-in-law Kourtney Kardashian also gave her seal of approval when she rocked the “Blush” colorway with YEEZY Season 7 gear at Coachella this year. Expect new colorways like “Salt” to drop later this year.