The hottest event of the year, the Summer Solstice marks the start of summer, bringing with it long evenings, warm weather and breezy styles that offer endless outfit variations. And although sneakers are popular all year round, some styles can handle the heat better than others. This season, look to trainers that are designed with breathability and comfort in mind. Fresh white trainers are always a hit — something the Air Force 1 masters every year, while the New Balance 550 allows you to play with colour and refresh your classics. We’ve selected the most sizzling styles to feature in your summer line-up. The question is: which will you choose?

Air Jordan 4 Zen Master

Inspired by the spiritual teachings of Phil Jackson, the long-time NBA coach dubbed the “Zen Master”, Nike has set a new standard for summer sneakers with this retro trainer. Packing a punch with a pastel tie-dye design, the Air Jordan 4 Zen Master will be sure to add a pop of colour to your collection. This kick comes complete with a cushioned sole fitted with Air technology to keep you comfortable throughout the season and beyond.

Nike Air Force 1 Low 07 White

Every summer wardrobe needs a pair of white trainers. Offering up endless outfitting potential, the Nike Air Force 1 Low 07 White is back to claim its place as the season’s most-wanted sneaker. Iconic in style and legendary in craftsmanship, this Air Force 1 iteration gives a subtle nod to its basketball heritage with a trademark chunky silhouette. Breathable perforations have been added to the toe box for enhanced ventilation, making it an ideal choice for warmer days.

Yeezy Slide Pure 2021

Somewhere between a shoe and a sandal, the Yeezy Slide received mixed reviews when it debuted back in 2019. Love it or hate it, the Yeezy Slide Pure 2021 is now a certified cult favourite, famed for its minimalistic and streamlined aesthetic. Injected EVA foam guarantees durability and flexibility in equal measure, while expertly designed grooves are added underfoot to support your every step. In a versatile neutral shade, it’s easy to style and even easier to wear — perfect for slipping in your suitcase or shoedrobe. 

New Balance 550 Artist Pack Light Blue

Undoubtedly the most coveted sneakers of 2022, the New Balance 550 Artist Pack Light Blue has all the makings of the perfect summer shoe. One of the brand’s most in-demand designs, this iteration retains the OG silhouette that’s as versatile as it is timeless. Dressed in an icy blue hue to contrast the crisp white backdrop, pair this trainer with your favourite denim for a fresh take on the dadcore trend.