The Go-Everywhere Sneaker

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What It Is: The casual Vulc N Vent Lace is a quick-drying canvas sneaker that you can actually wear all summer in any situation. The midsole creates an air channel from the bottom of your feet to the outside of the shoe to keep things cool on hot days. Though it’s not a water shoe, the venting, along with a perforated footbed, helps it drain if it gets wet. Non-marking soles and rust-resistant eyelets make it ideal for nautical or ocean-side adventures. But it’s just as fit for walking around town or après biking.

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Why We Like It: Summer calls for quick and comfortable footwear: easy to slip on, with or without socks. And there are times when sandals and flip-flops just won’t cut it, which make this pair ideal. The vented footbed and midsole made a big difference on a recent trip around New York City, where we walked and Citi-biked from midtown to SoHo. At the end of the day, our feet didn’t hurt and our shoes didn’t stink. That’s a fringe benefit of the venting — because your feet stay cooler, neither the Vulc N Vent nor your feet smell, like they can in other shoes.

Nitpick: If you’re going to wear them all day, be sure to break them in. The heels are a little stiff, and gave us a hot spot on our first full-day stretch wearing them without socks.

[$55; columbia.com]