We all probably have one too many pairs of shoes cluttering our closets, some of which may have divorced each other and run off into the depths of Narnia. Others are just worn out. And since we’re big on purging wardrobes for spring-cleaning, we’re not here to tell you to toss some more into the heap that smells of stale Doritos. Instead, we’re here to tell you about the only spring shoes we think you should keep in the mix, so you can nix some of those others. You don’t need to be a fancy footwear maestro, but it doesn’t hurt that women, like I, feel strongly about these select few.
Apollo Moc Embroidered (Native, $90): If there were ever a way to rock polka dots, this is it. These extremely lightweight sneakers are especially unique because the polka dots are not printed but actually embroidered. They’re also vegan so you get bragging rights, and breathable with tiny holes so you can run errands all day without smelling up her apartment when you stop by later.
Hubbard Free (Samuel Hubbard, $210): These dressier shoes are designed for the same active lifestyle as athletic footwear with light and springy bottoms and memory-foam cushioned insoles. Additionally, the one-piece vamp means that there are no seams and there’s a hidden padded collar at the ankle to keep it soft without the bulky look of a running sneaker.
Surf ‘n Turf OG 50th (K-Swiss, $65): These were originally created back in the ’70s as courtside shoes and the first-ever canvas style K-Swiss sneaker. Today, as part of the K-Swiss 50 Year Anniversary Edition, the footwear has been reinvented for the everyday with a durable, vulcanized sole that makes it a spring perennial.
George Oxford (Walk-Over, $235): This traditional oxford first appeared in 19th century Scotland, and it’s still around for a reason. The George is a nod to the classic, constructed with time-honored and vintage-inspired materials. And the Riviera Nubuck color option gives the year-round style a springtime air.
Authentic ESP (Vans, $55): Vans are a timeless sneaker you wore back in high school and you still wear now. And what makes these canvas shoes evermore appropriate for the warmer weather are the outsoles that fuse the modern comfort of surf siders with the classic styling of traditional espadrilles.
Chuck Taylor All Star II (Converse, $75): You can never go wrong with a classic converse high top. They’re iconic and they’re now available in even more popular monochromatic colors. This Parchment color will go with most of your spring wardrobe, so you can purge the rest of your closet and cut down to the basics.
Naked & Famous Denim Natural Sashiko Sneaker (Revolve, $185): These lace-up sneakers have a simple, clean look that is similar to Converse. The biggest differentiator is the texture that gives these some more personality. And the Natural color option is a go-to for any sweater- or button down-and-jeans pairing.
Vaughn Linen Saddle Sneaker (Polo Ralph Lauren, $79): Color-blocking—everyone should do it. It’s aesthetically pleasing if done right. This color-blocked linen- and-leather sneaker is inspired by a saddle shoe pattern that spans across seasons. So it’ll look classy with shorts or trousers, and you won’t have to clean out your closet again for fall.
Paulo Navy (Bed Stu, $175): New from Bed Stu’s workshop collection is the marriage of contemporary and classic. The soft, hand-finished and embossed leather paired with contrast stitching make these sneakers some lookers.
The Salotto (M. Gemi, $228): Handcrafted in Tuscany, these crosshatch woven leather slip-ons are perfectly versatile. They can be worn with everything from a spring or summer suit to shorts and a t-shirt because of the athletic rubber bottom.
Deon Long Wing Brogue (Ben Sherman, $102): Every man should own an elegant everyday brogue. These leather-lined lace-ups have chunky, welted soles to make them both durable and formal.