* This summer’s shoe trend: knit sneakers
* Breathable fabric provides unbeatable comfort
* Great for training, wearing around town, and even to the office
Move over leather; there’s a new sneaker fabric in town. Knit sneakers have blown-up recently thanks to their athleisure-inspired look and unbeatable comfort. The trend was originally pioneered by Nike and Adidas, but now lesser-known brands are giving the sneaker giants a run for their money with stylish, unique, well-priced knit sneakers of their own. We rounded up the ten best (for men and women) to buy right now.
1. Dirty Laundry Haywood Knit Sneaker
Knit sneakers lend themselves very well to another big footwear trend this summer: sock-sneakers. This pair from Dirty Laundry nails the subtly futuristic look with these Haywoods, which come in three casual colors — all under $50.
2. Skechers Go Run 600
These knit skechers make a great gym shoe or casual weekend go-to. Plus, they’re very affordable at just $60, so you don’t have to worry too much about getting a little dirty on trails or city streets.
3. Palladium Pampa Hi Lite Ankle Boot
Knit ankle boots sounds a little wacky, but Palladium nails it with these Pampas. They’re great as a summer hiking boot, or as a style statement when you hit the town.
4. Ceyue Knit Sneakers
Modern, versatile sneakers like these are a wardrobe essential in 2018, but they’re typically well over $100. These offer the same sleek look, but cost just $33.
5. FitFlop Uberknit High Top Sneaker
These high tops feature a unique waffle knit fabric that keeps your feet at just the right temperature, and provides unbeatable comfort all day. They also have an cushioned EVA midsole that’s great for lots of walking on vacation or running errands at home.
6. People Footwear Phillips Mesh Sneakers
If converse are your go-to kicks, we highly recommend these mesh sneakers from People Footwear. They emulate the classic look, but modernize it with a fresh fabric.
7. Born Bearse
Great office sneakers are hard to come by, but these knit kicks from Born are ideal for just about any work environment. They’re incredibly comfortable, but feature a more put-together look than most knit sneakers.
8. Clae Bradley Knit Sneakers
These kicks feature a classic tennis shoe design that’s been upgraded with a synthetic fabric and a khaki color. We recommend wearing them with blue jeans and a vintage tee on the weekends, or slacks and a crisp button-up in the office.
9. Cole Haan Stitchlite Tennis Sneaker
Cole Haan is well known for blending modern trends with classic sensibility, as they’ve done with these knit kicks. They showcase a minimalist look that’s trendy enough to elevate your outfit while still keeping a low-profile.
10. Swims Breeze Tennis Knit Sneakers
Another classic knit tennis shoe is the Breeze from Swims. They feature a premium fabric that can be worn comfortably without socks, and a ventilation system that provides serious breathability.