The days of an exclusively black and white wardrobe are over. Sure, it was fun while it lasted. And being able to mix and match your clothes with ease was ideal. But it is time to evolve — and affordable colorful sneakers are the way to start. As the fashion icon of the universe Iris Apfel once said, "If your hair is done properly and you’re wearing good shoes, you can get away with anything." So, break out your checklist: Blow-out? Check. Awesome sneakers? Check. Air of mischief? Definite check.
There are a handful of qualities in colorful footwear that you'll want to keep an eye out for. The most important being wearability. Are they comfortable? Do they fit better with or without socks? Does the color or pattern make them a statement piece or for everyday wear? What exactly can I (or can't I) style these with? I know, there are a lot of contributing factors when it comes to finding your new favorite pair of footwear. But don't fret, here are 21 colorful sneakers that aren't just perfectly on trend — they'll keep your wallet feeling full. Take a look and indulge in the latest footwear craze.
1. Velvet Flatforms
Every fashion girl loves a good platform sneaker. It gives you the height you want while still letting you be on-the-go without the blisters.
ASOS Daysleeper Flatform Sneakers, $45, ASOS
2. A Little Bit Neutral
With a great shape and neutral coloring, these are your everyday sneakers — that still stand out.
Saucony Shadow Original Sneaker, $70, Urban Outfitters
3. Heavy Metal
Metallic footwear is just too good. Especially in sneaker form — it's both edgy and super comfortable.
ASOS Dallington Lace Up Sneakers, $36, ASOS
4. Unexpected Color Combos
Baby blue and yellow? Not your typical color palette, but if you're adventurous enough, these kicks are for you.
Puma Suede Classic Plus Sneaker, $59, Urban Outfitters
5. Fluffy Footwear
If your style is super girly, but you're looking to take a break from heels — these shoes are your best bet. Furry and pink? I'm sold.
ASOS Darrell Pom Pom Sneakers, $40, ASOS
6. Cartoon Queen
These sneakers will make you Pharrell-level happy.
Adidas Originals Pharrell Williams X Todd James White Leather Supershell Superstar Sneakers, $94, ASOS
7. Light & Lavender
These lightweight canvas sneakers are simple in style and sweet in color.
Keds x EOS Champion in Passionfruit, $20, Keds
8. Color-Blocked Kicks
You can't color-block and not look helplessly fashionable. Especially when it's on your footwear.
H&M Sneakers, $40, H&M
9. Single-Tone Sneaks
What's cute and chic and mint green all-over? These babies.
Puma Basket Suede Classic Mint Green Sneakers, $99, ASOS
10. Pattern Overload
Style wisely. Meaning all-black or dark denim mandatory.
Inkkas Cotton Candy High Tops, $76, Forever 21
11. Hints Of Pink
It's all in the details. Especially when those details are pretty in pink.
New Balance 420 Glam, $70, New Balance
12. Fuchsia For Life
It can't get much more colorful than this.
Criss Cross Training Tennis Shoes, $30, Go Jane
13. Peachy Keen
Everybody loved a good Air Force 1 back in the day. Now, it's back and it's sweeter than ever.
Nike Aire Force 1 '07 Prm in Orange Neon, $100, Stories
14. Zip It
These faux suede sneaks come in the best burnt orange, plus have awesome zippers to give it some hardware detailing.
Forever21 Faux Suede Zippered Sneakers, $30, Forever 21
Never seen tweed shoes before? Well, neither have most people. But that's how trends get started, people.
Go Jane Tweed Out Textured Sneakers, $27, Go Jane
16. Walking On Sunshine
Not sure it's possible to wear these and not be in a fantastic mood.
Urban Outfitters Canvas Lace-Up Sneaker, $24, Urban Outfitters
17. Futuristic Feet
They look like a jetpack. For your feet. A really, really fashionable one.
Zara Multicolored Sneakers, $70, Zara
18. Breath Of Fresh Air
Let your feet breathe with these bright, beautiful sneakers. Plus, how cool are these laces?
Native Apollo Moc Sneaker, $70, Urban Outfitters
19. A Textured Treat
Like a petting zoo for your feet. Fun to look at — and to touch.
Dieci 2 Cactus: Silver Cactus/White, $68, Gourmet Footwear
20. Very Zesty
Classic canvas sneakers paired with a fun, flirty print. Perhaps the perfect match for a sundress.
Keds Champion Picnic, $20, Keds
21. Neon Animal Print
If animal print sneakers aren't quite bold enough for you, take it to the next level with a neon color palette. Lisa Frank will thank you.
Sporty-Luxe Mesh Leopard Sneakers, $30, Go Jane
Now go rock some new shoes and bask in the glory of your purchase. You deserve it.
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