These stylish sneakers will bring you into spring.

By Peter Terzian
Updated March 12, 2020
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Courtesy of Everlane

Last year, Everlane, a company that sells stylishly minimalist basics and is known for its sustainable practices, introduced Tread, its first sneaker line. The debut design, called the Trainer, was almost shockingly normcore. Big and chunky, with leather uppers and soles made primarily from recycled rubber, the Trainer looked a little like the kind of functional comfort shoes my father wore into his nineties.

Part of the genius of Everlane lies in its color palette, which feels genuinely fresh. In addition to basic off-white and black, the Trainer came in “butter,” a delicate yellow; pale pink; a rich navy; and a smoky grey named “glacier.”

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Everlane’s new addition to the Tread line, the Court Sneaker, is more obviously modish than the Trainer. It’s less boxy, with a classic tennis shoe silhouette that recalls the Adidas Stan Smith. The palette isn’t quite as daring this time around — there are a number of variations of white — but when I chose a pair to test-drive, I opted for Dusty Rose, which looks pink in some lights and tan in others.

Courtesy of Everlane

To buy: everlane.com, $98

The Dusty Rose variant is made of nubuck, which gives the sneaker a soft, silky texture. The Court Sneaker, like the Trainer, goes for $98 — a little more than a pair of Stan Smiths, but a lot less than the more fashionable iterations that have appeared over the past few years.

On first taking them out of the box, the Court Sneaker felt true to size but slightly narrow. Still, I was impressed by the arch support, which was more substantial than my Stan Smiths. The day after they arrived, I wore them on a three-mile walk around Brooklyn’s Prospect Park with a friend. They held up well, although by the time I got home, I needed a breather, and realized that the sneakers were going to need a short break-in period.

They pinched a little during my first few days with the Court Sneaker (granted, I’ve been wearing thick socks — it’s still winter.) Like most brand-new shoes, they need a bit of time to loosen up and mold to your feet.

By the fifth day of wear, my sneakers and I made peace, and now they feel as comfortable as if I’d been wearing them for a year.

Courtesy of Everlane

To buy: everlane.com, $98

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