If you have fond memories of wearing canvas tennies as a kid throughout the summer, good news: they're back. While canvas shoes have never gone out of style, the looks of yesteryear are back with some modern udpates. For a shoe sturdier than flip flops, breathable canvas flats will take a pounding on the pavement and give you better overall support without sacrificing style. Whether you prefer an athletic style or a more feminine, casual look, you’re sure to find a canvas shoe this summer that will be the perfect fit.
Despite the myriad of choices, canvas flats fall into two main categories: those with laces and those without laces. One of the most popular lace-up shoes is the Converse All Star, which you can find in department stores, shoe stores, or online in an array of colors for as low as $20 and as high as around $50. Target carries an exclusive version of Converse called the One Star, which features a star design. Another popular lace-up shoe this summer that pays homage to the ‘80s is the Keds Champion, available in a trendy gray with yellow laces; other colors include red, white, navy, and even floral prints. Look for old favorites like Tretorn and K-Swiss this summer as well.
Laceless canvas shoes are your best bet for their quick, slip-on ease and versatility with many outfits. Both Converse and Keds offer laceless versions of their popular shoes. The bestselling Chuck Taylor All Star Slip Ons are a perennial favorite, and the Chuck It and Slim Slip On, both with slimmer soles, are the newest additions. TOMS sneakers are also popular and donate to a good cause; for every pair you buy, a pair is given to a child in need. TOMS are available in a number of colors and prints, including on-trend stripes and polka dots. Roxy and Rocket Dog are reliable, affordable brands for feminine shoes with a ballet flat silhouette, but canvas and rubber sole construction.