Need Supply Co., $352
This isn't the first time we've covered a luxurious pair of sneakers, but what these have in common with the last pair is that they also remind us of a familiar friend. Richmond's Need Supply Co. is currently stocking these blue suede Yuketen sneakers, dubbed the Modello 1 Hermosa. They're an upscale take on the classic plimsoll, a silhouette we've seen reinterpreted from brands like Keds and Vans for years. Yuketen ups the ante with a luxe navy blue leather lining, a hardy rubber outsole and a durable side-stitched sole utilizing a method known as McKay construction. After breaking in my new pair for the last few days, I'd say the suede is sturdy but not stiff. And while they may not be on everyone's must-have list, they're definitely a worthy sneaker splurge for my summer style.