Thick-Base Sneakers for Summer

Everyone’s favorite shoe gets a lift

Sneakers need no introduction: they’re cool and practical, grounded but freeing. They look better with wear but always feel fresh because functionality informs their design. The most classic of all sneaker silhouettes may be the thick-base, and from the impeccably minimalist to the playful and textural, we’ve rounded up some favorites. We love them most when paired with a dress, but a good thick-base sneaker adds a streamlined lightheartedness to any ensemble.

Photograph courtesy Julien David

Julien David cotton-canvas sneakers, $480 at

Photograph courtesy Alexander Wang

Alexnder Wang Devon espadrille sneaker, $375 at

Photograph courtesy Steven Alan

Rachel Comey Brick Sneaker, $392 at Steven Alan

Photograph courtesy Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Leopard-print canvas sneaker, $445 at Saint Laurent

Photograph courtesy Vans

Vans Overwashed Sk8-Hi Slim Zip, $75 at Vans

Photograph courtesy Loeffler Randall

Loeffler Randall Cora Woven sneaker, $245 at

Photograph courtesy Acne

Acne Adriana Patent Sneaker, $400 at Mowhawk General Store

Shoes Like Pottery Natural High Top Canvas Sneaker, $164 at Assembly Los Angeles

Photograph courtesy Barneys New York

Commes Des Garcons Play Canvas Low-Top, $130 at Barneys New York