The Best Colorful Sneakers Will Brighten Up Even the Bleakest Days


I don't wear too much color. Very little of it, in fact. Maybe you're like me, or maybe you're a master of getting off these wildly kaleidoscopic fits with ease. Either way, if your New Year's resolution was to incorporate more color into your closet (or if you resolved to tackle life's everyday indignities with a brighter disposition and this was the solution you landed on) you've come to the right place. Welcome to the more colorful side of things. *Blinks haltingly in the light* Great to see you, man.

The easiest way to incorporate that pesky, oft-referenced "pop of color" into your regular rotation this season? Throw on some brand spanking new kicks, and then call it a day. And when I say "kicks," I'm not talking about your standard brown boots or even those pristine white sneakers you scooped a while back (though, sure, those are pretty sweet, too). I'm talking sneakers. Colorful sneakers! The boldest, brashest sneakers money can buy—the type of shoes that stop bystanders in their tracks and give drivers on the other side of the crosswalk serious whiplash.

Curious, but still not entirely sure how to build an actual outfit around the most colorful shoes in your closet? Here's a solid rule of thumb: The more colorful the shoe, the more reserved the overall look. Basically, if you're really trying to freak it, you're going to want to make sure everything else involved is fairly pared down—the rest of your outfit included. Life may be too short to live entirely in black and white, but let's not get carried away here, okay? Start with any of these first.


Vans OG Old Skool LX Leather-Trimmed Sneakers

When in doubt, the Old Skool is never, ever a bad choice. If you're dipping your toes in the proverbial colorful sneaker water, these are the shoes to start with.

Converse X Joe Freshgoods Chuck Taylor 70 Sneakers

Ditto the Chuck Taylor, an all-time silhouette so iconically understated it's only enhanced by the Chicago-based artist's eye-grabbing design.

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Nike Air Max 1 Sneakers

Nike remixes the Air Max 1 with prints and patterns aplenty, all without skimping on a serious dose of color.

Nike Blazer Mid 77 Infinite Sneakers

And in that moment, I swear we were infinite. (Cries softly to himself while clicking "Add to Cart.")


Adidas Rivalry Human Made Sneakers

Any shoe that gets the coveted Nigo stamp of approval is one you should be able to get behind, especially when it looks this good.

New Balance 992 Sneakers

Your dad's NBs could never.

Reebok Premier Road Modern Sneakers


Beamed in straight from the future, Reebok's forward-looking Premier Road sneakers upend everything you thought you knew about colorful kicks as a genre. In other words, forget what I said about keeping it tame: These are the perfect amount of bonkers.

Salomon XA Pro 1 Advanced Trail Running Shoes

The trail-ready shoe of choice for fashion enthusiasts and old-school hikers alike looks even better in fluorescent shades of red, yellow, and blue.

Jordan Brand x Blue The Great Air Jordan 1 Mid 'Fearless'


Sure, some purists may scoff, but there's no denying this is a damn good-looking shoe.

Maison Margiela Replica Low Top Sneakers

Perhaps you prefer your color artfully paint-splattered all over the toes of your brand new sneakers? If so, Margiela's GAT-inspired silhouette is for you.

This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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Avidan Grossman
Avidan Grossman is the Style eCommerce Editor at Esquire, covering men’s fashion, shoes, grooming, and accessories. He spends way too much time deciding what to wear. Needless to say, his parents still have no idea what he does.
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