The colorful sneaker trend is in & white shoes are officially boring

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I’m sure there’s a pair of white sneakers in your closet that don’t look so white anymore. Maybe they’ve danced too many nights on a sticky bar floor or made you comfortable while you stomped around at a music festival. They’ve stuck with you, they’ve been through the wash (more than once) and honestly they’re getting a little boring. I made the executive decision that white sneakers were yesterday and that the colorful sneaker trend is here to stay. You don’t have to get rid of your Air Force 1, but maybe I can convince you to switch.

At first glance, brightly colored sneakers seem a bit off-putting – it can be hard to justify spending money on what looks like a statement shoe when you’re looking for an everyday staple. I struggled with the same dilemma until I recognized these brightly colored sneakers are an everyday shoe choice. Just because something is colorful or eye-catching doesn’t mean it can’t be a wardrobe staple.

There are two ways to ensure that your colorful sneakers are still versatile enough to go with most of your outfits. The first is to choose a color combination that will complement most of your wardrobe. A look at my clothes rack reveals that I tend towards shades of blue and green. I could buy the craziest, most colorful sneakers out there and as long as they include blue or green accents I’ll be able to build a color story.

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Courtesy of Olivia Marcus.

The other tactic (which is a lot more fun) goes against the instinct to coordinate and choose a base color that almost matches Nothing in your closet. This way you treat your feet as your best accessory – the sneaker color acts as your main pop of color and it doesn’t matter if they match perfectly. Having a passion for clashing fashion (aka maximalism) is cool.

I put the two-tactical-color-shoe theories to the test with two pairs of Birdies sneakers. I chose the Roadrunner style because it’s the perfect combination of dressy and sporty, which means I can wear them with everything from leggings to a sundress.

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Courtesy of Birdies.

The Roadrunner in Ultramarine

I love the combination of suede and nylon materials on this light blue pair of sneakers. The small orange tab also provides the perfect extra pop of colour.

To start, I picked a bright blue pair of Birdies sneakers as they are easy to pair with most of my wardrobe. Since these shoes only feature one shade of blue, they’re on the tamer side of the colorful options. I like to wear mine with denim shorts and a crisp button-down or an airy summer dress.

My second choice was totally out of my comfort zone in a solid orange shade. Just like my theory predicted, the bold color didn’t go with anything in my closet, but it complemented me everything.

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Courtesy of Birdies.

The Roadrunner in Siren

While zesty orange may seem like a pure summer color, it also works great with neutral tones all year round. This pair is super comfortable so you can wear it for a long time on long distances.

Read on for my top sneaker picks to add a little color to your step!

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Courtesy of New Balance.

Paneled low-top sneakers

Blue and lilac is a rare color combination for shoes, which makes them all the more valuable. Also, it’s usually hard to find that pair of New Balance sneakers in stock – grab them while you can.

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Courtesy of Nike.

Nike Air Force 1 ’07 LV8

If giving up your white Air Force 1s is unthinkable, get on the color trend with this embroidered pair. The stitching adds a fun accent to your outfits without being too garish.

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Courtesy of New Balance.

237 paneled low-top sneakers

New Balance was one of the first brands to jump on the multicolored sneaker trend. This platform pair has a great mix of summer tones and a chunky white sole to balance them out.

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Courtesy of SOREL.

Kinetic™ Breakthru Tech Lace x Alfred sneakers

Being green has never been easier! SOREL’s pair of matcha green sneakers is part of the brand’s latest collaboration with Alfred Coffee.

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