If there was one good thing to happen in 2020, it was the tie-dye trend. The bright and cheery fashion began by beautifying our loungewear before moving onto our footwear. Fast forward to today, and it's still as big as ever. Whether it's an understated splatter or a full-on psychedelic rainbow, tie-dye sneakers are hot stuff. From Keds to Converse, Nike to Asics, every brand with an ear to the ground is getting in on the action. If you don't want to miss the boat, grab your credit card and prepare to flex your spending muscle as we run through the five best pairs of tie-dye sneakers money can buy.
1. Keds Women's Champion Tie Dye Sneaker
If you want to dip your toe into the psychedelic waters without breaking the bank in the process, check out Keds Women's Champion Tie Dye Sneaker. Priced at less than $50, they're a great way to make a big impact on a tiny budget. The simple, low top silhouette is exactly what you'd expect of Keds, as is the comfortable, lightweight design and the flexible fit. The fabric uppers are splattered with an all-over tie-dye pink multi print. The colors are just muted enough to keep things on the understated side. A contrast white rubber sole and white lace closure offset the colorful design perfectly. Thanks to the Dream Foam insole, your feet will feel cushioned and supported all day long. Cute, fun, and as budget-friendly as a dream, they'll make the ideal addition to your summer wardrobe.
2. Converse Twisted Holiday Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top Sneaker
Pop Sugar's jaw might be chilling on the floor after discovering the Converse Twisted Holiday Chuck Taylor All Star High-Top Sneakers, but ours isn't too far behind either. Converse isn't known for its playful designs, which makes these fun high tops even more noteworthy. Designed to capture the spirit of summer, the sneakers have an easy-going, relaxed vibe that plays perfectly against the cute tie-dye print. Whether you wear them with dresses or pants, skirts or shorts, you're going to wish they were glued permanently to your feet. Even leaving the tie-dye aside, there's a lot to love here. After all, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star is one of the most iconic sneakers around. Much imitated but never bettered, its canvas upper, vulcanized rubber sole, star-centered patch, rubber toe cap, toe bumper, and striping details are all legends in the own lifetimes. And as you'd expect, they're all very much in evidence on the Twisted Holiday. As is the classic Converse comfort: those rubber soles might not have the best traction in the world, but no one can deny that Chuck Taylor's arent a holiday for your feet. This time around, you can expect even more comfort than usual thanks to the addition of a cushioned OrthoLite insole.
3. Asics Hypergel-Sai Sneaker
If a neon-bright tie-dye print is too Woodstock for your liking, take the more low key approach with the Asics Hypergel-Sai Sneaker. Sleek, black uppers are partnered with an outsole that's been bought bang up to date with a subtle black and white tye die effect. The overall look is toned down and understated - perfect if you want to dip your toes in the tie trend without immersing yourself in it completely. As you'd expect from a pair of Asics, the comfort is outstanding. Sporty yet stylish, these are kicks that will take you from working out to hanging out. The midsole has been fitted with a new generation of Asics signature Hypergel for premium cushioning, reduced impact, exceptional durability, and a responsive rebound. The sock-like fit provided by the elastic internal sleeve hugs your feet like a dream. An anatomically correct lace closure promises to reduce irritation and improve comfort and fit. With all that on offer, it's little wonder that Footwear News has ranked them as one of the best tie-die shoes around.
4. Skechers Poppy - Hippie Hype Sneaker
If you're ready to embrace the tie-die trend for all its worth, you're going to love the Poppy - Hippie Hype sneaker from Skechers. Made from a soft woven tie-dye canvas upper, the Poppy - Hippie Hype is a gorgeous combination of sporty comfort and fashion-forward sensibilities. Stitching and overlay accents inject interest, as does the all-over multi-colored swirl tie-dye print. Shrinking violets beware: this is a print that is guaranteed to draw attention. If you prefer your footwear to be on the subdued side, these aren't the shoes for you. If you're happy for your feet to do all the talking in the relationship, they most definitely are. They're also for you if you like your feet to feel as good as they look. A memory foam comfort insole guarantees all-day support, while a padded collar adds protection. A breathable soft fabric shoe lining delivers round the clock freshness. The slip-on style makes for easy on-off. A flexible rubber traction outsole has outstanding traction and grip. If all that wasn't enough, the uppers have been treated with 3M Scotchgard to resist water and stains. Available in a good selection of colorways (choose from white/multi, white/navy, pink/multi, and multi) and priced at a very attractive $50, this is a cute, playful kick that promises to take your summer wardrobe to new heights of glory.
5. Nike Stefan Janoski Max Sneaker
If you're searching for a lightweight, breathable, comfortable sneaker that looks as good as it performs, the Nike Stefan Janoski Max is going to be a sight for sore eyes. As walkjogrun.net writes, the sneakers are the wild result of a partnership between Nike and legendary skateboarder, Stefan Janoski. The aim of the partnership was to create a hybrid casual shoe that combined the technology of a running shoe with the style of a skateboarding shoe. As mission statements go, it was a big ask. Fortunately, they passed the test with flying colors. Featuring a one-piece construction, a phylon midsole, a visible Max Air unit, deep flex grooves, and solid rubber pods on the outsole, they're as comfortable and practical as a pair of kicks can get. The bright, all-over tie-dye print is right on point. As the sneakers run big, it's recommended to order half a size down for the perfect fit.
Written by Garrett Parker
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