The Slip-on Sneaker

Sneakers continue to evolve with a variety of fashion-forward details. For Spring/Summer 2014, the Slip-on Sneaker proves to be the must-have silhouette, offered by both active and fashion brands.

Seen in both the Women’s and Menswear markets, this lace-less silhouette has created a palette for designers to get creative with bold colorways and statement prints. Skate label Vans updated their canvas slip-on when they recently teamed up with Madewell. The exclusive sneaker features an outlined paisley print, bringing a feminine twist to the streetwear classic.

High-end fashion labels get in on the sneaker gameSaint Laurent collaborated with artist Luke Thomas to design the playful Pinaskullada motif for their S/S 14 collection. Allover prints bring attention to the feet. Bellfield’s detailed micro-florals are clean and minimal while Whistles introduced a fun, abstract animal print.

Cooler color palettes are popular with the slip-on sneaker, preserving an androgynous look despite the updated prints and styles. Black and white combos remain key, while turquoise, navy, cobalt and highlighter hues standout.

As fashion brands redesign the slip-on, new shapes begin to appear. Marc Jacobs brought a pointed toe to the sneaker for the Resort 2014 collection. Rag & Bone and Joshua Sanders played with the height of the upper canvas and sole of the silhouette.


With the S/S 14 season in action, we are seeing more and more versions of this casual, everyday shoe. Offered in a mix of bright colors and refreshing patterns, the Slip-on Sneaker is the perfect balance of sporty-chic.

– Lizzy Halberstadt

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