Who’s not looking for a fresh pair of trainers to break out for the summer? With the warmer months just around the corner, I wanted to put together a list of the best affordable kicks which you can pick up right now. Any of the shoes on this list will guarantee your steezy status at BBQs all summer long.
Nike Air Force 1 Low
The first summer sneaker needs no introduction. Nike’s Air Force 1 has been an everyday staple for millions of people since its inception in 1982. Originally designed to be a performance basketball shoe, the Air Force 1 has been adopted by just about everyone as their number one lifestyle shoe. The model is probably the most versatile on the planet, available in thousands of colour combinations with numerous collaborative cosigns. The durability of the model is another selling point for many people who are after a robust new sneaker for everyday use. The pair below is the recent Supreme collaboration Air Force 1, which is a take on the classic white-on-white Air Force’s. While these are somewhat hard to come by, the standard triple whites are readily available, a shoe which you just can’t go wrong with.
Supreme x Nike Air Force 1 by @wxbstr
Nike Ghost Racer
Last year, Nike retroed the Ghost Racer, a 90’s running shoe built for long-distance. The lightweight construction of the model, accompanied by a Zoom Air unit in the heel, provides a level of comfort which is second to none. The Ghost Racer screams 90’s aesthetics with its bright neon colour schemes and retro look, a style which is growing in popularity in 2020. Since the retro last year, a variety of colourways are available at most online retailers, giving you a whole range of options. Furthermore, the Ghost Racer Retro’s are currently on sale, hence their inclusion on my list of affordable summer sneakers. If you are after a pair of these standout 90’s runners, you can pick them up right now for £55, a markdown of almost 50% from their retail price. Retailers such as END, Size? and Hanon still has them in stock so make sure you grab a pair before they all go.
Nike Ghost Racer by @crlsslvdr
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2
In my previous article, I touched on Nike’s newest retro, the Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2. This model was reintroduced by Stüssy on their most recent collaboration and now Nike is pumping out numerous colourways of the model. The upper is constructed out of an enlarged mesh canvas adding an aspect of breathability to the shoe, and the Zoom Air unit in the heel makes for an extremely comfortable ride. The Spiridon Cage 2’s come in at the retail price of £119.95 however at present there are plenty of discount codes available which can be used to secure your pair. Nonetheless, £120 seems like a pretty reasonable price for the technically superior runners! I have recently copped a pair and I cannot recommend them enough!
Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2 by @CrepCultureBlog
Air Jordan 1 Low
Everyone loves an Air Jordan 1. The historic Nike basketball sneaker is, of course, Micheal Jordan’s first signature shoe which originally released in 1985 during his rookie season at the Chicago Bulls. While many OG collectors would stay away from the low and mid-cut versions of the Jordan 1, there has recently been a surge in popularity for both. In this category, my recommendation for an affordable summer sneaker would be a low cut Jordan 1. Not only is the shoe an icon in its own right, but is also very reasonably priced. For a pair of Air Jordan 1 Lows, you would be looking to pay £85 making them a very affordable option for those on a budget. Once again, the model is readily available at numerous retailers, as Nike continues to release different colourways. The price of the AJ1 low is similar to that of a Nike Air Force 1 or an Adidas Stan Smith, putting them in the same cost-effective category. If these simplistic low tops take your fancy, you can get hold of a pair on the Nike website, Size? and Footlocker, just to name a few. As mentioned above, the Jordan 1 Lows have a newfound adoration amongst sneakerheads so certain colourways have a tendency to sell out. Make sure you scoop a pair before then or keep an eye on @CrepCultureBlog on Instagram for the latest releases of the model.
Air Jordan 1 Lows by @nineteen.85
Nike Air Max 90
2020 marks the 30th anniversary of the Nike Air Max 90 and the sportswear titans have been going all out in an effort to give fans of the model what they want. As a result, we have been treated to a whole rainbow of colourways of the Air Max 90, many of them staying true to the OG colour blocking of the model. There is a colourway for every occasion, meaning the options are limitless. My personal favourites which have released thus far are the ‘Hyper Grape’ (purple) and the ‘Volt’ pairs, but I am waiting it out in anticipation for the OG ‘Infrared’ pair in its remastered form. The Air Max 90 is a more aggressive, more defined version of its predecessor which retails for £115 in the U.K. However, as Nike have been releasing colours of the shoe since the beginning of the year, you can find particular pairs on sale right now for £85. Most of the major retailers have sales on at the moment and the Air Max 90 is included in the majority of these summer discount sales. If you ask me, £85 is a bit of a steal for a shoe with such an important history and one which provides the utmost comfort for everyday wear. I own the ‘Hyper Grape’ pair and I absolutely love them.
Nike Air Max 90’s by @dregoppy
Reebok Club C
Whenever I am asked for sneaker recommendations from my non-sneakerhead friends, I have two go to’s. The first, mentioned above, is the Nike Air Force 1. The second is the Reebok Club C. The Club C is one of Reebok’s most popular models and has made a come back over the last few years. The low cut shoe provides a sleek, casual look making the Club C a versatile model which can be dressed up or down, kept brand spanking new or beaten up. Much like the Air Force 1, the Club C is available in a whole range of different colourways and materials. My recommendation would be to go for the OG colourway of the model, an all-white variation which green accents, however at the time of writing this, Reebok has released a new pack of Club C’s. The pack features three versions of the model, each in a striking yet simplistic colourway. The green pair is very close to the OG, while the red and yellow pairs provide a fresh modification to this old school colour blocking. Priced at £69, you really cannot go wrong with a new pair of Reebok Club C’s for summer.
Reekbok Club C by @end_clothing
So there you have it, my reccommendations for afforable summer sneakers. Out of the six pairs included on the list, the Nike Air Force 1, Air Jordan 1 and the Reebok Club C’s fall into a similar category. While perhaps not designed solely for comfort, each model is a reasonably priced, readily available sneaker. These shoes are some of the most versatile on the market and make a great addition to any rotation. In contrast, the other three sneakers on the list are more comfort orientated. The Nike Air Zoom Spiridon Cage 2, Nike Ghost Racer and Nike Air Max 90 all provide an exceptional level of comfort however are probably less versatile options. These pairs would work very well in a sneaker rotation which also consists of another pair on the list, perhaps the Air Force 1 or the Club C.
Let me know if you end up picking up any of the pairs on my summer sneakers list! Make sure tag me on Instagram @CrepCulture Blog for a chance to be featured.