When the temperature reaches 65 degrees, my heavy winter shoes are stashed away to make room for sandals, ballet flats, and sneakers. Every year, a new ‘It-girl’ sneaker emerges as the must-have accessory for the season. In recent years, Adidas Sambas have dominated as the go-to sneaker for celebrities, influencers, and fashion enthusiasts. However, this spring, Emily Ratajkowski is championing a different retro style: the Puma Palermo.

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Ratajkowski has been consistently spotted wearing these nostalgic sneakers in the classic black version with gum soles. Over the past few months, she’s been photographed around New York City, effortlessly combining style and comfort with her Palermos (which, by the way, are priced under $100). The downside? The black colorway Ratajkowski prefers is selling out quickly, but Macy’s still has some sizes available. The upside? There are many other color options at Nordstrom and Zappos, including an off-white pair that’s perfect for warmer weather.

Originally released in the ‘80s, this best-selling style relaunched last year with a campaign featuring Puma brand ambassador Dua Lipa. (Like Ratajkowki, Lipa has been snapped in Palermos several times in the past year and even wore them in her “Houdini” music video.) The sporty, nostalgic sneakers tap into the fashion influences of British and Italian soccer culture. Made from suede and leather, they feature signature details including the logo tag and aforementioned gum soles.

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While Ratajkowski is a fan of the endlessly wearable black option, the Puma Palermos are available in tons of cool colorways. For example, this pastel purple pair with peach accents would add a subtle pop of color to any spring or summer outfit.

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Whether you’re drawn to bright colors or prefer to keep it neutral, the Puma Palermos might just be the staple shoe your wardrobe is missing—not to mention they’re poised to become the trendiest sneakers of the season. Get your hands on a pair now so you’ll be ready for summer, and don’t be surprised when you start seeing them everywhere.

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