To kick off the new decade, Pantone introduced the back-to-basics shade known as Classic Blue as its 2020 Color of the Year. The company described the hue as “elegant in its simplicity.” The color brings about feelings of restfulness, tranquility, and reflection, while also aiding in clarity and concentration. It aims to “highlight our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” Everyone seems to be obsessed with the timeless shade, but here's an extra special shopping list especially made for all the sneakerheads out there.
10 “Classic Blue” sneakers you can shop to match the 2020 Color of the Year:
1. Adidas Gazelle Shoes in Collegiate Navy
Gazelle Shoes in Collegiate Navy, P5000, ADIDAS, Powerplant Mall
The wearable blue tone this Adidas sneaker sports is called “Collegiate Navy,” perfect to match the Color of the Year as the Classic Blue shade exudes a timeless, uniform-like feel. The color is punctuated by stark white accents on the sole, tongue, and heel as well as on Adidas’ signature Three Stripes logo on the outer side of the shoe.
2. Nike Air Force 1 '07 Essential in Blue Force
Air Force 1 '07 Essential in Blue Force, P4795, NIKE, UP Town Center
Nike’s classic '80s-era sneaker, the Air Force 1, gets a bright blue update that looks fit for royalty thanks to the metallic gold lining on the Nike and Swoosh logos as well as on the shoelace clasp on top. The crisp leather exterior gives the blue shade a punchy, shiny finish for extra stand-out power.
3. Sperry Crest Twin Gore
Crest Twin Gore, P3495, SPERRY, TriNoma
Keep your kicks fuss-free when you rock this pair from Sperry, which features a silhouette and colorway as no-frills as Pantone’s Color of the Year. If you hate having to tie your laces throughout the day, these slip-ons will be your best friend. Plus, the muted, wearable shade will go with pretty much any of your casual looks.
4. New Balance Classic 574 in Blue/Red
Classic 574 in Blue/Red, P3995, NEW BALANCE, Greenbelt 3
New Balance’s OG 574s come in several cool colorways, but we’re currently obsessing over this pair, which features varying shades of blue on the body, of which the most pronounced resembles the Color of the Year. The mix of blue hues is accentuated by a bright red accent across the sole. You’ll want to rock this streetwear classic with your fave athleisure looks and your go-to T-shirt-and-jeans ensembles.
5. Vans DX Anaheim Factory Sneakers
DX Anaheim Factory Sneakers, P4199, VANS, Greenbelt 3
When you think Vans, one of the first things that comes to mind is probably the famous checkered pattern on their skater shoes. This pair paints the motif in a fresh blue shade on lace-up textile sneakers, complete with the brand’s signature thick white soles—perfect to add color to your grungier looks.
6. Toms Alpargata Cupsole Slip Ons
Alpargata Cupsole Slip Ons, P3998, TOMS, Glorietta 4
If you’re looking for a shoe decked out in that Classic Blue shade from heel to toe, this pair from Toms would be a good pick. The canvas slip-on maintains the rustic, worn-in look associated with Toms’ sneakers in a bright color that you can take from a sunny weekend stroll to a chill night out.
7. Straightforward Superlight White Sneakers in Navy Blue
Superlight White Sneakers in Navy Blue, P2500, STRAIGHTFORWARD, shopstraightforward.com
Don’t worry, white sneaker loyalists, we didn’t forget you. Try this pair from local brand Straightforward, which features a predominantly white exterior with just a touch of blue on the heel. The chunky sneaker will look oh-so stylish with anything from dainty sundresses to edgy streetwear and laid-back athleisure.
8. Keds Champion Canvas
Champion Canvas, P2495, KEDS, UP Town Center
For a preppy look that’s good for every day, you can’t go wrong with Keds’ canvas oxfords. This pair comes in a timeless blue shade that you can wear with any look. Plus, the sneaker is built with soft insoles and a flexible body, promising to keep your feet comfy all day long.
9. Tretorn Nylite Sneakers in Dark Blue
Nylite Sneakers in Dark Blue, P3790, TRETORN, Res Toe Run Robinsons Magnolia
The old-school, '60s-era Tretorn sneaker may be over five decades old, but the original luxury sports shoe proves that it’s still a contender in the sneaker-saturated 2020s. It comes in several shades, including this cool navy number with white accents on the sole and on the shoe’s signature “wing” logo.
10. World Balance WB x Secret Fresh in Blue
WB x Secret Fresh in Blue, P2299, WORLD BALANCE, Glorietta 2
World Balance recently collaborated with local art hub Secret Fresh to come up with a line of sleek, velcro-strapped kicks featuring a stylized version of Secret Fresh's logo on the outer side of the shoe. They come in three colors, but for 2020, you can’t go wrong with this gorgeous cobalt pair.
*This story originally appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.