The Slip-On Sneaker: Your Must-Have for Spring and Summer

Why was the little shoe sad?
Because his mother was a sneaker
And his father was a loafer

While the wedge sneaker was all the rage last year, spring and summer this year is all about casual comforts. No longer relegated to the skater bois and gurrls, the slip-on sneaker could now be considered mainstream as many brands — from luxury labels like Givenchy, Celine, Michael Kors and Tory Burch to high-street like ZARA and cult favorite VANS — are updating and upgrading their collections.

Like the classic eyelet sneaker, the slip-on version is proving to be a versatile piece – dress down with jeans, shorts and your most ratty tees, or glam it up with some crisp trousers, a button-down shirt and a sleek blazer. It just boils down to your personal style and whatever you have in your closet to mix and match with.

The Espadrille x Slip-On
Summer is espadrille season but the hybrid espadrille slip-on ratchets the casual vibe a few notches up. Keeping the traditional jute or hemp trim around the midsole maintains that classic espadrille design. Swapping canvas, leather or faux leather for the upper instead of fabric makes it more modern and perfect for an urban lifestyle. I particularly love the crocheted pair as the ankle ties provide plenty of balletic flair. Pop on a poufy tulle skirt and twirl!

Platforms to Elevate
It took me a while to warm up to the platform trend but I have to admit they’re really practical for adding inches to one’s height. The platform thickness can go anywhere from just an inch to something that can match four-inch stiletto heels (think Spice Girl outfits). Contrasting the thick soles with slim-fit pants and a boyfriend jacket is the perfect way to pull off an androgynous style.

A Textural Feast
When it comes to the material of these updated slip-ons, the sky’s the limit. Aside from the usual canvas, there are now versions made from leather or faux leather, lace, mesh, faux animal hair or skin, and even perforated versions that channel a sneaker vibe. The lace version makes me think this could be an ideal alternative to ballet flats – just as girly but certainly more comfy to wear. The faux calf hair version makes a wild statement and the perforated pair is something that will be great to wear even on the hottest days.

All Glammed Up
Just like with textures, there’s absolutely no holds barred when sprucing up slip-ons. Want a dressier alternative that will work for the evening (but certainly not for formal events)? Consider metallic-toned sneakers or those covered in sequins. The instant shine is a guaranteed come-on. For something on the prim and proper side, how about a little embroidered detail or a painterly floral print for visual freshness? Metallic toe-capped slip-ons also work as the high shine can add contrast to the rest of your ensemble.

The Cute and The Whimsical
If a cute and fun statement is more your style, try some animal or cartoon themes. Whimsical motifs can lighten up a monochromatic or simple ensemble. On YesStyle, the HVBAO brand carries hand-drawn and painted sneakers that feature anything from bunnies and rainbows to Chinese opera masks and stunning landscapes.