Spring is sprung. Tulips will soon be in bloom, the mountains of snow will melt away, the salt will disappear, and it will be safe once more to wear your favourite sneakers without threat of corrosion. A flash of fresh colour has been seen on the spring and summer runways and strutting the streets across the globe .
Footwear is fun again, especially the endless stream of choices in the retro kick department. Ride switch down Queen West in DKNY's skate-inspired sneak (1. The Show Room, 278 Queen West, 416-977-1360, $89). Do a little window shopping in a pair of stylish and sturdy Diesel designs (2. Show Room, $145).
Girly Golas are sure to boldly and brightly win over the hunk of your dreams (3. Get Out Side, 437 Queen West, 416-593-5598, $69). Sport Jamaica's colours on your tootsies with Nike's retro runners (4. Foot Locker, 337 Queen West, 416-979-2185, and others, $129.99). Walkaholics, beware of the Adidas MicroPacer, brilliant boots complete with a digital clock, pedometer, stopwatch and calendar set in the shoes' velcro tongue (5. del.phic, 706 Queen West, 416-603-3334, $240).
Opt for the classic, super-comfy Puma runners in red and white (6. Get Out Side, $119). Two-step in the Adidas Shoshan, which are definitely not wallflower shoes (7. Foot Locker, $99). Get your mojo running with this funky pair o' Reeboks that are sure to win the race (8. Jet Rag, 359 Queen West, 416-979-2677, $99.95).
Sick and tired of lacing your footwear? Royal has the answer with its elasticized track shoe (9. Foot Locker, $99.99). The Monza III race car driver shoe is a perfect fit for a weekend scooter race (10. del.phic, $220). Gola caters to the gents as well as the ladies with these shamrocky sneaks (11. Get Out Side, $89). Take the chow-chow for a stroll in this pair of must-have Miss Sixty kicks (12. Show Room, $189).
With files from Emma Medeiros