Summer Sneakers | Keeping it Simple in White Quintessential Gent 22 April, 2014 With April almost over and the temperature promising to rise we thought it was about time we started thinking about footwear fit for the summer. Driving shoes, deck shoes, moccasins and bucks are all well and good but on those rare summer days when the heat really starts to take hold you can’t beat the comfort of a good old pair of white sneakers. While the simple, clean design will keep you looking cool, the colour of your white sneaks will also literally keep your feet cool by reflecting the heat. Sneakers are also one of those rare things that are almost impossible to get wrong and their versatility means they will work with pretty much anything. And whilst being relatively inexpensive, these trainers also have the added bonus of ageing well and all our picks would definitely benefit from a bit of wear and scuff. It’s good to know that classic style doesn’t have to be expensive. Nike – Killshots Originally released over 30 years ago with the squash court in mind Killshots have been designed to be as comfortable and wearable as possible. The suede upper and gum sole also help to make this a reliable and stylish choice for the summer. Of course, there are lots of options out there with Nike, with the Tennis Classic also a great choice, but we just love the simplicity of the Killshots. Converse – Chuck Taylor Pretty much the embodiment of our ‘gets better with age’ rule above the Chuck Taylor is a shoe that deserves a bit of grit and grass staining, there’s just something about a pristine pair of white converse that doesn’t look quite right. Whether in Hi-top or low Chuck Taylors are a true classic and a summer wardrobe staple. Superga – 1705 Admittedly more of a plimsoll than a sneaker Italian brand Superga are the kings of making really cheap, yet incredibly cool and simple summer footwear. The 1705 model in white is pretty much sold out nationwide and are quite rare to find (as I recently found to my cost) but the 2750s are slightly easier to get your hands on and do the job just as well. Sperry Top-Sider – CVO Synonymous with deck shoes, Sperry also make some pretty tasty looking sneakers. Pared back simple design is what makes the CVOs so effortlessly stylish and they come in a range of seasonal prints and designs but push comes to shove you just can’t beat the casual classic white. Lacoste – Graduate Before 1951 Lacoste only made their products in white and with this update of their classic tennis shoe design it’s easy to see why it took them so long to delve into colour. Featuring the iconic croc motif on the side, these casual summer sneakers will look just as good on the court as off it. The design of most of our choices have been around for decades and are justifiably classic as there isn’t much room to improve on them. The key is in the simplicity and retro feel of these shoes. Of course, when it comes to summer sneakers the choice is incredible and Jack Purcells, Vans Authentics and Tretorn Nylites are other classic hot weather staples that didn’t quite make our list this time around but could very well be your go-to shoe.