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10 Summer '21 Sneakers To Keep Your Shoe Game Hot

Covid restrictions are lifting, and so are your pant legs, which can only mean one thing: “Sun's out, Ones out.” As the general public and sneaker enthusiasts alike get back to participating in outdoor and in-person events, friends, families, and coworkers will be checking to see just exactly what you’re repping by the pool and at the club. As the days of virtual sneaker shopping strictly through Stock X come to an end, the time has come to arrange your best fits together once again. Sneaker brand favorites are coming in hot with highly-anticipated drops to fuel your kick game all summer long. Whether you're attending a concert, a city Pride event, or even a Fourth of July outing, these sneakers will turn any outfit into an automatic ten.

If your sneaker collection is weaker now than it was before the pandemic started, we have you covered. Summer is here, and fresh trends are now emerging faster than ever. With each evolution of footwear, sometimes new is all you craze for, and occasionally, sometimes older models make their way into the mix. Here are the upcoming releases you won’t want to miss out on this summer, alongside honorable mentions to update your collection ASAP.

1. Lebron 8 V/2 Low 'Miami Nights'

photo via Nike

Although the official release date was postponed from June 4 to June 21, these Lebron 8 V/2 Low 'Miami Nights' will rock this summer. Miami Nights are returning, and the basketball fanbase is talking about this potential retro. The 2011 exclusive release inspired the new Lebron 8 V/2 Low Miami. Reminiscent of the Neon lights from the South Beach night-time scene, the price of these red, white, and blue stunners are expected to retail at $180. Wear the fireworks on your feet this July.

Cost: $180

Release Date: June 21

2. Women's Dunk Low "Candy"

photo via Nike

The Original Dunk was designed and created for hardwood, but it hit the streets and never looked back. Decades later, and the silhouette keeps delivering hit after hit. This shoe is infamous among the crews of culture and sports. You'll be seeing dunks all summer due to the rapid release of different styles. This colorway, Women's Dunk Low "Candy" is inspired by heritage color blocking, and radiates vibrant pastels and neon hues. This shoe is perfect for any summer outing.

Cost: $110

Release Date: June 25

3. Marimekko x Adidas Adilette Slide

photo via Marimekko

These are your go-to poolside slides for Summer '21, straight from the debut collection by Marimekko with Adidas. Adidas always focuses on how they can mix fashion and sportswear for the youth of the century. Combined with the fusion of Marimekko's sleek, abstract, alternating black and white patterned design, the two teams pieced together a visually captivating look and a comfortable, versatile shoe.

Cost: $45

Release Date: June 15

4. Nike Air Force 1 Shadow (Rainbow Stitch)

Photo via Nike

Air Force 1's are a fan favorite, born to be worn year-round. The silhouette is releasing a new rainbow stitched and black dominant colorway, perfect for your nearby Pride event. Take a long look at the detailing on these. Between the rainbow accents and the black smooth and tumbled leather, in contrast with the white soles and laces, this shoe is clearly going to be a hit on the streets of Pride parades.

Cost: N/A

Release Date: 2021 (Release date not confirmed)

5. Summer Throwback - Social Status x Diadora N9000 'Olympic Medals'

The Italian brand Diadora first released the shoe on April 30, 2016, and then again on July 30, 2016, in two different colorways. The sneaker made its mark in its time and sold out fast. This summer, keeping the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in mind, it looks like the shoe can make a comeback with the same energy. Released in two colors, metallic gold, and silver, the American flag makes a nice touch to the patriotic ambiance of the Olympics.

Cost: $200

Release Date: July 30, 2016

6. Off-White x Nike Dunk Low "Dear Summer" Collection

photo via kicksonfire

The 50 pair Off-White x Nike Dunk Low "Dear Summer" Collection is finally available for viewing. "The 50" is Off-White's largest sneaker collection to date. It will be hard to pick a favorite, considering the 50 different versions with different styles and colorways. Each pair paints a neutral grey base with a difference in the color scheme of its laces, tongue, and tag. This collection contains the next best-prized sneakers for those who can get their hands on a pair (or 10). Although there has not been a release date set, these shoes could easily be your flex of the Summer.

Cost: N/A

Release Date: N/A (Official date not released)

7. Summer Throwback - Jeremy Scott "Flower Power"

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Moschino's own Jeremy Scott went wild on these. We are all aware that summer brings in new fashion trends each year, but Jeremy Scott's 'Flower Powers,' will never go out of style. The 2012 collaboration shoe incorporates the Adidas "all originals" features and is printed with an all-over floral design. We see a stuffed bear head on its head tongue. They also include green stitched textile lining, sole, and laces that are hit with slime. The neon yellow and fluorescent pink plush print brings these psychedelic sneakers to life.

Cost: $200

Released: August 2012

8. Air Jordan 1 Mid "Tropical Twist"

photo via Nike

The Mid's in this year's upcoming line-up are looking clean. Of course, that includes the Air Jordan "Tropical Twist." The black toe and white base are a catalyst for the turquoise-esque blue to pop. The white bases and black soles remind us of the silhouette's past releases. The color and designs are a total match to a post-pandemic summer vibe. We need a tropical vacation, and more urgently, need these on my feet with a Pina Colada in hand - Now.

Cost: $115

Release date: June 22

9. Yeezy Boost 700 "Sun"

photo via SNKRSIN

This sunset remix of the "Wave Runner" was released back in January of 2021. However, it isn't too late to bring in this shoe for the season. The black turquoise panels and yellow upper of this shoe put an amazing touch to the Yeezy design. Straying far away from the classic mute and dulled colors of Yeezy's most recent work, this shoe would be a critical grab in completing the versatility of your collection. These would make an awesome sunset viewing sneaker. (That is if you'd let yourself wear 'em to the beach in the first place.)

Cost: $240

Released: January 23

10. A Bathing Ape Bapesta Tri-Color Red (2018)

photo via A Bathing Ape

This glossy red and blue shoe could complete a chill Independence Day fit. This model resembles the 20th-anniversary Bapesta, a key difference being the lack of shark behind the laces and iconic BAPE star. In the 2018 model, you can see a white dotted top as well. Personally speaking, Bapesta's are best fitted when beat up and worn down a bit, so by all means, get outside and show off some grass stains.

Cost: $265

Released: July 28, 2018

Which sneaker would suit you best this summer?

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