This Cool-Girl Trend Is As Comfy As It Is Chic—We’re Embracing It for Spring

Totally on board with this one.

By Katherine Fluor

The end of winter was busy with work and tackling projects around the house. This spring? I’m daydreaming about the long days that turn into even longer nights. You know the ones: sun-kissed weekends surrounded by family and friends, happy hours that spill into dinner, exploring new shops across town—there’s so much to get after! And while I love my go-to heels and sandals, with all the mileage I’ll be clocking this season, I’m on the hunt for the best sneakers for spring.

Wearing athleisure and slippers while working from home definitely has it charms, but I can only take so much. Truly, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t miss putting on a cute outfit and heading out for a full day with friends or work meetings. Since my normal life consists of lots of running around town and chasing after my adorable 7-month-old maniac, I need my wardrobe to keep up. Cute and easy is the name of the game when it comes to spring outfits. What better way to make a statement (and sit criss-cross applesauce and play with blocks on the floor) than with sneakers that were made for spring?

Sneakers are the perfect way to add a sportier element to more polished looks—or add a tougher, street-style edge to a more feminine piece. I like to wear sneakers with sweatsuits, t-shirt dresses, perfect-fit or oversized jeans, blazer looks, and my favorite: cute, feminine dresses. I literally wear sneakers with everything. Comfort is key, and they always put off a cool-girl vibe.

Spring is the perfect time to freshen up your closet with some new kicks. Whether feminine, sporty, high fashion, or retro, we’ve rounded up 11 of the best sneakers for spring that will go with any outfit.

Feature image by Michelle Nash.

Keep scrolling for the 11 best comfy, cozy, and chic sneakers for spring.

sneakers for spring, Michelle Nash photography
Image by Michelle Nash

Allbirds Women’s Tree Runners

There are countless reasons to love Allbirds. Not only does every pair of sneaks feel like you’re walking on a cloud, but their commitment to sustainability makes you feel good about every purchase. This particular pair is made of breathable eucalyptus fiber for unmatched comfort. 

Allbirds Women’s Tree Runners, $105

Everlane The ReLeather Velcro Court Sneaker

Everlane’s one of my go-to’s for stylish and elevated basics. I love their universally-flattering shapes and cuts. Every single last one of their highly-rated pairs of jeans would go perfectly with these retro sneakers. I’m calling it now: These shoes are the reason velcro will be making a comeback.

Everlane The ReLeather Velcro Court Sneaker, $110

New Balance® Suede 57/40 Sneakers

From playing in the park with your kiddos to getting coffee with your girlfriends—in style and function, these are the kind of shoes you can wear all day long.

New Balance® Suede 57/40 Sneakers, $100

Women’s Merrell Moab Flight

Whether you’re going for speed or style, these sneaks check off both boxes (and all the boxes really). You can always count on Outdoor Voices to be at the forefront of sustainable production practices. Case in point, this pair: they’re made with a 70% recycled mesh upper and 100% recycled laces. Yes, please.

Women’s Merrell Moab Flight, $110

Veja™ Suede Venturi Sneakers in Petale

Veja’s a brand that’s been on our style-obsessed radars since they were founded in Paris in 2004. While their classic sneaker has a flat sole, these chunky, on-trend shoes give you tread and comfort fit for every spring adventure.

Veja™ Suede Venturi Sneakers in Petale, $160

Adidas Originals Ozweego Shoes

I love pairing tailored wide-leg pants with a chunkier sneaker—it’s my #1 sartorial secret. The 90s are back, baby.

Adidas Originals Ozweego Shoes, $110

Sézanne Sam Sneakers

For sneakers that step up the style factor, Sézanne is always the answer. I love these shoes’ earth-toned color palette, and the leather lining and insoles are a true luxury.

Sézanne Sam Sneakers, $180

NIKE Daybreak Sneaker

Reminiscent of 80s track-meet vibes, these fresh and functional sneakers come in a variety of colors. Something for everyone.

NIKE Daybreak Sneaker, $90

New Balance® 237 Sneakers

For real-deal runners and committed walkers alike, these bold, bright, and colorful sneakers will make a statement with any outfit choice.

New Balance® 237 Sneakers, $75

Veja™ Vegan Leather V-10 Sneakers

I alluded to the classic flat-sole Veja style above, so of course, I had to include them in this round-up! The White Matcha colorway combo is a creative way to freshen up your spring wardrobe.

Veja™ Vegan Leather V-10 Sneakers, $170

Jenni Kayne Suede Slider Sneaker

From errands to casual hangs to even a laid-back date night—these suede sneaks can do it all.

Jenni Kayne Suede Slider Sneaker, $165