SHARP Finds: 12 Best Sneakers for Spring

Although this year’s winter had some impressive accessories and boots we absolutely loved, it doesn’t mean we’re not ready to trade in our bulky footwear for some care-free sneakers — because we really, really are. Spring is officially in full swing and we’re ready for this season’s attire, accessories, and most importantly: the shoes. From simple white kicks to the quirkiest of coloured runners, some meant solely for style and some more practical options, here are the 12 best sneakers of the season — and you don’t need to be a sneakerhead to appreciate them.

Dior B29 Sneakers

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For Dior’s Summer 2022 collection, a fresh take on the B29 sneaker is born. Made from rubber, reflective canvas, leather, and suede, this new-and-improved version of the classic sneak sees unique curves to really set it apart. While it still has its vintage and athletic appeal, it’s also modern, making it a solid choice for the current season. Each shoe features the “CD” initials, Dior signature, as well as a two-tone sole finished with the oblique motif. ($1,250)

Fendi Match Leather Low-Tops

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Here’s another pair of sneakers that have a very retro-meets-modern aesthetic. Composed of yellow suede with white canvas detailing and the signature Fendi FF motif in light blue leather, these low-tops are a great choice to slap on this season — adding a subtle burst of colour to any relaxed look. ($1,100)

Hermès Bouncing Sneakers

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Hermès may be known for their handbags and other luxury items but their sneakers should not be overlooked. These Italian-made sneakers in technical canvas and suede goatskin are a subtle grey and white. The style, though, features a bold, red “H” for a modern and dynamic look — something playful but not too distracting and just in time for warmer weather. ($990)

adidas South Park Shoes

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An unlikely pair that ends up being a match made in heaven? Hm, how about adidas and South Park? South Park characters inspired the shoes in this collection from adidas and this vibrant pair celebrates Kenny McCormick — the bold orange colour reminiscent of his signature parka. As a collector, South Park fan, sneakerhead, gym rat, or just someone with good taste, there’s surely a reason you need a pair of these. ($200)

Prada Downtown Leather Sneakers

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Green is so in this season and when you see the stunning green shade on these leather Prada sneakers, I think you’ll know why. These lightweight shoes add a retro-style vibe and bold pop to any look. Whether you’re looking for sneakers to be the main event of the outfit or something subtle enough to match with just about anything, these are the perfect pair for any and every scenario. ($1,290)

BOSS Mixed-Material Trainers

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These are not your average gym shoes. These mixed-material trainers with mesh and decorative reflective details from BOSS are perfect athletic-looking shoes that go with everything. These hybrid trainers have an EVA midsole, BOSS branding throughout, and are crafted from soft suede and sporty mesh. ($248)

Givenchy White City Sport Sneakers

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There’s nothing better than a new pair of fresh, white kicks and this pair from Givenchy will most likely be your new go-to this season. With a touch of black at the back and minimal detailing, they’re simple enough to go with any look when you want the rest of your outfit to be the main focus. ($715)

New Balance 327 Suede and Rubber Sneakers

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The joke with New Balance sneakers is that they’re the beloved shoe of dads and supermodels alike. While you can spot countless fathers at grocery stores and on morning strolls in a pair of New Balances, you can also catch influencers, models, and street-style icons in the same footwear and the 327s will probably be no different. This pair sheds new light on the ’70s — reshaping classic design elements to fit with more contemporary trends. Snag your pair at Harry Rosen so you can sport them all spring long. ($140)

Nike Air Max Dawn

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These Nike Air Max Dawn sneakers are crafted from at least 20 per cent recycled material by weight, which will surely excite those looking for more eco-conscious footwear alternatives. With sports and athleticism being a huge part of Nike’s DNA, these sneaks are comfortable and practical yet cool — offering a modern interpretation of something classic that’s still holding on to its vintage running vibes — and we’re here for it. ($145)

Louis Vuitton Runner Tatic Sneakers

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Go green — neon green that is — with these LV sneakers, initially introduced at the brand’s Spring-Summer 2022 men’s show. These Italian-made shoes, crafted from a mix of materials, features reflective monogram flowers on the side as well as “Louis Vuitton” and “Vuitton” signatures on the tongue and outsole respectively. There’s no doubt you’ll make a statement in these eccentric trainers. ($1,530)

Gucci Run Sneakers

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Inspired by the sporting world, these shoes featuring an organic cotton lining, may catch the attention of runners and athletes but should be just as impressive to people who like to…walk. The interlocking G detail in yellow provides a pop of colour while the black technical knit fabric is reminiscent of a more classic running shoe. ($1,155)

Tod’s Suede and Fabric Sneakers

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These grey, white, and blue sneakers in suede and fabric featuring smooth leather inserts are a great option from Tod’s. Stamped with Tod’s monogram on the tongue, a rubber outsole with maxi rubber pebbles, rubber pebble detailing on the heel, and exposed stitching, these sneakers are both intricate and chic, letting you enter the season in style. ($895)