These Sneakers Are a Perfect Match for Valentine’s Day

valentine's day sneakers

Whether you’re forced to do the whole long-distance thing or you’re good with going solo, you most likely won’t be able to head out for the usual celebrations this Valentine’s Day. But we’ve got a suggestion to still get the heart racing: a pair of new sneakers. Whether’s it’s specific releases or footwear that still fits the romantic agenda this Valentine’s Day, we’ve got a heady selection lined up for you below.

Something about the pastel pinks, reds, and purples, as well as the possibilities in the form of plush materials, makes Valentine’s Day sneakers a treasure trove of unexpected romantic gifts and worthy new additions to your spotless rotation.

From Nike and adidas to Raf Simons and HOKA One One, all of the big names have got in on the Valentine’s Day sneakers action, so take your pick and make love happen.

Dropping in 2014, the Nike Dunk SB Low Valentine’s Day features a classic white and red color combination. The pair is given a visual pop with a marbled texture to the red trims and a white cracked leather base.

An off-white sole unit and Swoosh counteract a clean white leather upper in this pared-back 2021 Valentine’s Day exclusive Air Force One from Nike. A marbled heart to the heel section introduces a rich red hue to the mix which continues at the heel tab and tongue label.

The love that we hold for the adidas Ultraboost makes it a no-brainer as the basis for a Valentine’s Day renewal. The wildly comfortable classic is embellished with three subtle hearts atop the signature stripes.

Strangelove Skateboards teamed up with Nike to drop this extremely cute Dunk Low just last year and it features everything we want in a Valentine’s Day sneaker. From plush pink velvet uppers to a skeletal heart symbol to the heel, the Strangelove x Nike SB Dunk Low gets full romantic marks from us.

So it turns out that the Nike Dunk Low is the silhouette most suited to Valentine’s Day updates. This pastel iteration dropped last month and is definitely near the front of the queue for Valentine’s Day gifting thanks to its baby pink overlays and general wearability.

The go-to pink, white, and red of any self-respecting Valentine’s Day sneaker is on full show for this 2021 Air Max 90, but the thing that really caught our eye is the coarse pink suede used on the upper — textural perfection.

If your Valentine’s Day might involve a run at some point then, firstly, good commitment, and secondly, the HOKA One One Speedgoat 4 is a necessity.

Raf Simons’ understated Tennis Sneaker, the Orion, is dressed in a super-sweet baby pink suit just in time for a Valentine’s Day appearance. Immaculate leather uppers form the perfect foundations for the cute colorway.

While they may not offer the aforementioned soft pastels that we associate with Valentine’s Day sneakers, the ASICS UB1-S Gel-Kayano 14 is a great choice for the forward thinker. An intricate, futuristic upper mixes texture and material for a rugged take on the off-road runner while the color palette definitely passes as Valentine’s Day-ready.

They might be dedicated to one of the 1980s’ favorite hip-hop groups, but we reckon that these pass as a Valentine’s Day surprise, too. An impactful red heel tab positions them well within the required color palette.

MIHARA YASUHIRO’s Original Sole Sneakers riff off a familiar lightweight running silhouette, and thanks to the clay-like sole unit, you might even be able to say that you made this pair for your loved one yourself.

The deeper the red, the deeper the love, right? So show them how deep it really runs with this unmissable pair of velcro-strap sneakers from Marni.

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