When you think of sneakers, your mind may go to old gym shoes stained with the sweat of workouts passed. But open your mind — and your footwear wardrobe — a little bit. Sneakers go with much more than just a treadmill, pairing with flouncy summer mini dresses, athleisure-minded looks and more. You just have to find the right style of sneaker.
Fashion sneakers may not have the sporty support of athletic shoes, but they’ll take your style up a few notches with comfort and ease. The best part? You don’t even have to spend a fortune to get the kicked-back look. Nordstrom, a haven for great footwear, currently has countless stylish sneakers on sale for under $50. From platforms to slip-ons to classic kicks, there’s a little something for everyone. And yes, these sneakers go with absolutely anything — dresses, jeans, leggings, skirts and shorts all included.
Shop these seven versatile sneakers that will quickly become your go-to summer kicks — all priced under $50 at Nordstrom.
1. TOMS Alpargata Fenix Slip-On Sneaker, $49.99 (Orig. $64.95)
Sleek slip-ons in pure white? Yes, please! These pristine sneaks by TOMS go with absolutely anything, from baggy jeans to flouncy dresses to coffee-run looks (i.e., leggings and a tee). Plus, there’s something charming about dirt-scuffed white shoes making these sneakers age like a fine wine.
2. Vans Old Skool Stackform Sneaker, $44.95 (89.95)
Get a bit of a style lift from these vintage-inspired platform Vans. Suede panels in blue, pink and white decorate the versatile sneaker, while the comfort inside features fluffy high-pile fleece. Pair this must-have pair with a ’90s-inspired look or, really, anything casual-cute.
3. Nine West Koland Sneaker, $38.25 (Orig. $85)
A true athleisure sneaker, this Nine West pick mixes bold black details with a light pink colorway. Quilted detailing adds a touch of texture to the sneaker, making these shoes perfect for comfort-first looks with some added polish.
4. Katy Perry Florral Flatform Sneaker, $39.50 (Orig. $98)
Shimmer and sparkle in these attention-grabbing platform sneakers by none other than Katy Perry. With a glittery look and an embossed flower platform, these lifted Spice Girl-esque sneaks are anything but basic. You’ll get countless compliments.
5. Lucky Brand Dansbey Sneaker, $39.50 (Orig. $75)
Sleek and beautifully beige, these lace-up sneakers are a great alternative to white sneakers. The neutral hue goes with any outfit, while cut-away sides add unexpected flair. Call it a classic — with a little oomph.
6. Vans Sk8-Hi Tapered Sneaker, $49.95
Classic high-top Vans go femme in this peachy pastel colorway. These adorable sneakers boast “old school attitude” you’ll reach for time and time again. With a cute dress and peek-a-boo socks, these Vans will keep you comfortable.
7. Lucky Brand Gimmony Sneaker, $39.50 (Orig. $79)
A denim-like textile upper makes this slip-on sneaker something special. And don’t miss that slightly lifted sole for a touch of chic and stylish height. Pair these blue shoes with your denim-focused looks and blue-toned outfits — or add a touch of denim to your all-black athleisure looks for something unexpected.
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