skate mates

the coolest new sneakers are floral and ready to roll.

If there's one thing we've learned from our June/July cover girl, Avril Lavigne, it's that you should never say "see ya later" to a skater boy. You're only going to regret it.

Making a skater dude your BF or BFF has lots of perks, but our favorite is the ability to steal his sneaker style. Over the past two years, shoe trends have cycled from Marni's loafers to Chanel's creepers to Superga's flatforms, only to finally land on the foot-friendly skate shoe this summer. We're on our knees thanking the fashion gods that comfy kicks are finally cool.

While in the past guy's skate shoes have always been the coolest of the crop, the new trendiness of the flat sneaker for women has created lady styles aplenty. We've even spotted our favorite It-Girls like Harley Viera-Newton and Alexa Chung rocking low-top sneakers instead of their usual flats.

To keep your look separate from your skate date, try out liberty floral prints that give a dainty twist to the street sneaker. Nike has just launched their Liberty of London collection in the NiKEiD shop which means you can design a pair of flower-patterned sneaks to your specs. Keds, Vans, DC, and all our favorite shoe brands are hip to the trend too, making the floral skate shoe our official shoe of the summer. Now if we only knew how to skateboard...