Running around this Spring and Summer will be easy in one of the season’s best trends—sneakers, tennis shoes, kicks, runners, whatever you want to call them. Damn straight ladies—you can wear sneakers and never forsake fashion, if done properly of course.
Thanks to brands like Nike and Saucony making crazy, fun and colorful running shoes, we have added a bit of style to our workout steeze. But what about the rest of the time when you just want to throw on a pair of shoes that is comfortable but still cute? Fashion sneakers!
I know, I know. A woman’s calves always look better in a pair of heels…I said it myself. But guess what is a trending and completely adorable style? Wedged sneakers. There is no reason why you should not be able to rock a cute and comfortable pair of heels. And the fact that they look like sneakers makes them a bit edgy—any girl that can pull this off has a bit of fashion attitude—and that’s a great thing.
These heeled kicks are being shown in different colors and heights. Heel height—go as high as you want. Some of them have hidden wedges and others are very clearly wedges. The key to this style is making sure that the top of the shoe hits your calf at a good place. Because they are high-tops, some are lower or higher than others. And because we are all built differently, you need to ensure that the shoe is hitting at or near the thinnest part of your ankle. This will keep your leg from looking bigger than it really is. As far as color goes, that is personal preference—but as with anything, when it comes to color, choose wisely. This style has enough personality that you probably don’t need kicks with eight exotic
colors, but a pair of bright red ones—why not?
Not sure about the wedged tennis shoes? Or you already have a few pairs and want something different? This season designers from Prada to Miu Miu to Converse are making some pretty decked-out tennis shoes that are anything but grunge. The best looks feature some studs or gems on the rubber toe of the shoe. And we are not talking an I-made-them-in-my-basement studded-out look. We are talking legit, designer, fashion.
This style is being shown in high-tops and low-tops. So take your pick, or take my pick—both. This is a great way to wear tennis shoes with anything from skinny jeans, to a dressier skirt and top, to cut-offs. They add a radically feminine style to anything. But with this look, like any other, be wise in your decision. Get a pair that is neutral enough that you can wear with a ton of different things. And if you rep a pair that have glitter, avoid picking ones that make you look like someone’s fairy godmother—too much pink is a very, very real thing.
Last but not least—a classic—Chucks. Converse has been around since 1908 and there is a reason why—they are awesome. I said it. I live for fashion—and usually high-end fashion at that, but I love, love, love Chuck Taylors. I wore them with my uniform in second grade and I wore them when I lived in Europe and now I even wear them to work on occasion. They are comfortable. They are classic. They are cute. What more could you ask for? Well, I could think or a few things, but you get what I’m driving at.
Because Converse tennis shoes have been around for so long, they were basically grandfathered into modern day fashion. They are the exception to the rules. Pair this classic with anything and you are good to go. Brides have even worn them at their weddings. So pick a color and enjoy. Maybe I am biased—but look at the millions of adorable women and models wearing Converse—but I think that there is something daring about a girl who can throw on some old (or new) Chucks with a cute outfit. It is a very obvious recognition of a classic style but also an obvious statement of self-confidence—because let’s be real, these shoes are completely unisex.
Anna Ziverts is a Denver native who recently returned home after living in Dallas, Texas for five years. Anna lived in Paris, France for a number of years as a child and credits this experience for her incredible love of fashion and art. She believes in the importance of self-expression through style and shares her musings with the lovely readers of 303 Magazine.