The Range: A Summer Sneaker

Jun 12, 2019

I’m on the hunt for a pair of weekend sneakers to wear with jersey dresses.  I was initially tantalized by the Gucci Ace sneakers with the charming  little bees on the side.  But I learned my lesson about buying designer pieces long ago: I’m too afraid to wear them.  So let’s finding something else, shall we?

Corner Office

Valentino Backnet Sneakers ($650)

Middle Cubicle

Club Monaco Jowenna Sneaker ($125)

Front Desk

Mango Contrast Applique Sneakers ($50)

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  1. How do you style sneakers with a dress? I never feel like I get the look quite right…

  2. Jennifer says:

    I was on the hunt for affordable slip-on summer sneakers recently and most of what I found slipped off my skinny heels. I ended up with a pair of white Sperry sneakers from Nordstrom Rack, but also began looking into lace up sneakers at that point…the Everlane trainers were very tempting.

  3. Christine says:

    I wear my white Converse with dresses all the time! It’s a great casual look for summer.

  4. care says:

    i have been in my white common projects sneakers since i got them. they’re comfy, understated, extremely well-made and chic AF

    • stephanie says:

      Just to save anyone unnecessary googling, Common Projects are $400 sneakers. Kinda like Golden Goose. They better be well made!

      • Care says:

        It is a pretty big sticker shock, I’ll admit. It took me a LONG time to pull the trigger. However, my (admittedly fancy) husband has owned three pairs in various low and high top styles for 4+ years and they still look less than a year old. He finally had to give up on the one pair he wore most frequently because the soles wore down to nothing, but even then the rest of the shoe looked great. If we are talking cost per wear, I’d call that a win!

        Not sponsored lol

  5. Allison says:

    I have white slip ons and white all birds, both I can’t wear any more because after about 4-5 wears, they get really scuffed and look messy. The all birds I’ve washed with bleach, didn’t work. I’ve tried using a magic eraser but they still look dingy. Any suggestions on how to keep these clean?

    • E says:

      The trick I’ve found is actually to treat them before you wear them with a sneaker protectant spray – can be suede or leather depending on the shoe. It keeps dirt from building up on the shoe and any spills will bead up before they can penetrate. Makes it a lot easier to keep them clean this way with regular cleaning and re-spraying. Otherwise, once they’re dirty, it’s almost impossible to get them clean.

  6. cARRIE says:

    I JUST GOT A PAIR OF STAN SMITHS…WHITE WITH OFF WHITE SOLE AND 3 STRIPES LOGO IN FRENCH ON THE BACK – TRES CHIC WITH A BIT OF OLD SCHOOL FEEL!! https://www.adidas.com/us/stan-smith-shoes/CG6820.html
    ALSO NEED HELP WITH STYLING THEM!

    • Andrea says:

      Oooohhhhh I love those! I saw a blogger a couple weeks back who had similar shoes paired with a form-fitting leopard midi skirt and a white button down knotted at the waist. Which sounds like it shouldn’t work but totally did.

  7. Rachel says:

    Anyone have thoughts on the Rothy’s slip-on sneakers? They are on my maybe list for this exact purpose. Does anyone know how they scuff/wash? I have other Rothy’ which I have successfully washed, but none of them are white.

  8. Susan says:

    Am I the only one that finds this post…really disconcerting!? Lol. I can’t fathom chunky ugly white sneakers w ANYTHING much less jersey dresses. Please don’t kick me off the site, Abra!? 😉

  9. Julianne says:

    I was eyeing this pair on J. Crew because the leopard and black laces gave it a little something extra, but sadly my feet looked huge in them.

    https://www.jcrew.com/p/womens_category/shoes/sneakers/saturday-sneakers-with-leopard-calf-hair-detail/L7197?color_name=white-leopard

    Instead I got a white pair of classic superga (which are great if you want to make your feet look smaller) and changed out the laces with black ones laced straight bar. Love the results!

    • Anna says:

      For a lighter alternative to Supergas, I recently got a pair of SeeVees in the Monterey style. The sole isn’t as thick as the Supergas, so the shoe is lighter and a bit more flexible, but they have a similar look and also make my feet look smaller. I really like my Supergas, but the rubber edge has started separating from the canvas. Hoping that doesn’t happen with the SeeVees too.

  10. AB says:

    I have a pair of Stan Smith knits that wash beautifully. No bleach, just run through the wash and air dry. I have worn with a skirt in summer when sandals wouldn’t work for the amount of walking and have been very pleased! Otherwise, they go great with jeans and everything else. I wash them every 4-5 wears to keep them sparkling white

  11. Christine says:

    I have to throw in a recommendation for Keds! Mine are so comfortable and supportive. I can wear them all day, my feet feel great. I love the pop of color on the back of these: https://www.keds.com/en/ace-leather/38978W.html?dwvar_38978W_color=WH61495&ref=ace#q=ace&start=1

  12. CJ says:

    I love the Gucci Ace if you’re still considering. They wear wonderfully and clean up very easy. I wouldn’t wear them hiking or in place of an athletic shoe, but they are great to elevate your look on casual days.

  13. Elina says:

    Has anyone tried Tretorns? I’ve been considering pulling a trigger on Rawlins sneakers which get good reviews for comfort. Specifically these:
    https://www.madewell.com/tretornreg%3B-rawlins2-sneakers-in-lemon-suede-99105094883.html
    I like the vintage look, and am hoping they’d be good for travel – both walking in a city and possibly light hikes.

  14. Leslie says:

    My summer buy (and I had to search high and low to scoop them in my size) were the Comme des Garcon x Converse trailing hearts low-tops. LOVE them….so comfortable compared to classic converse, a little bit more sleek and elevated in the shape and they are this really great off-white that works with everything!

    https://shop.nordstrom.com/s/comme-des-garcons-play-x-converse-chuck-taylor-low-top-sneaker-men/5221578

  15. Dave Alce says:

    Valentino Backnet Sneakers is a super premium Sneakers. Can I use those Sneakers as my summer Sneakers?

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