Dressing for a heatwave is no easy feat, especially when it comes to sneakers. And with temperatures set to rise over the next week, there’s still time for a refresh — in every sense of the word.

When it comes to buying the best shoes for scorching summer days, keeping practicality and versatility in mind is a must. Say “goodbye” to heavy fabrics and high-top silhouettes and look to light colourways, perforations and easy slip-on styles instead. Because no matter if you’re heading to the park, shielding in shade, or making a beeline for the beach, comfort comes first. To help get equipped before the heatwave hits, we’ve rounded up the kicks you can keep cool in on the hottest days of the year. From easy sliders to in-demand Dunks, here’s four sneakers best placed for handling the heat. 

New Balance 550 White Grey

The New Balance 550, after a long hiatus, has reemerged as the ultimate sneaker of the moment. Heavily influenced by its basketball roots, the New Balance 550 White Grey is given a clean update by way of an all-over white and grey colourway. The all-leather upper comes in perforated and smooth panels, balanced by the brand’s signature ‘N’ logo on the side. An off-duty staple that ticks all boxes, this sneaker pairs well with everything.

Yeezy Slide Onyx

Versatility is the name of the game with the Yeezy Slide Onyx. Sitting on a chunky, sculpted sole, this shoe has a curved footbed for that all-important support. Comfort comes courtesy of the injected EVA foam that’s not only light and cushioned, but kinder to the planet, too. Easy to style and even easier to wear, these slides are not a pair you’ll want to keep confined to poolside lounging.

Nike Dunk Low Next Nature White Mint Womens

Combining two of summer’s hottest trends — Dunks and pastels — the Nike Dunk Low Next Nature White Mint Womens is a certified heatwave staple. Set apart from iterations of the past, Nike puts responsibility at the forefront design with a faux-leather base crafted from recycled materials. The toe box is detailed with breathable perforations that allow air to flow freely around the foot, while mint green hues make it a worthy contender for summer.

Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Blue Tint

Back by popular demand, the Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Blue Tint returns in one of Kanye West’s most iconic colourways. Frosty grey hues adorn the upper, while hits of icy-blue tone down the lining and laces. The breathable Primeknit fabric works wonders in the warm weather, while Boost cushioning underfoot delivers the comfort and support these kicks are known for. Invest in the Yeezy 350 and you’ll never want to take them off.