Sneakers, whether they be athletic, slip-on or casual, have been popping up everywhere from street style looks to couture runways. Fashion sneakers are making big waves in the world of footwear, and with any sort of resurgent popularity comes both the lovers and the haters. For this week’s TalkShoes Asks, we want to know which side of the fence you are on when it comes to fashion sneakers.
I’ve come to realize there are three type of sneaker people out there. The first type loves sneakers and will wear them as often as they can. The second type hates sneakers and wears them only when absolutely necessary, like when it’s raining or they’re actually exercising. Then you have people who fall in the middle ground; those people wear sneakers to offer a different feel and attitude to their look. I fall in the last group of the three, and I have a feeling in the upcoming months, when more fashion sneakers become available, I may develop an even deeper love for sneakers.
The only downfall to fashion sneakers typically lies with their high price tags. So, what are your thoughts on the rise of fashion sneakers?
Who said you need to know how to skateboard to know how to wear these great skate-inspired slip-on sneakers? We may not skate, but we definitely know how to rock a great pair slip-ons. We already explained how slip-on sneakers and comfortable footwear are a growing trend, and it looks like this trend is at its peak. More and more designers are creating their own versions of the slip-on, and we’ve found even more fabrics and prints that will work for the warm weather, as well as the fall. You can bet we are shopping around for some great pairs of slip-on sneakers, and you can find some of our favorites in the gallery below.
Shoe: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers
Price:$50 via Net-a-Porter
Why It’s the Shoe of the Week:We are kicking back this week with a classic sneaker that’s spring-ready! Little introduction is needed for these Chuck Taylors, so pair them with boyfriend jeans and a button up for a laid back-but-polished look.
Considering that I look at shoes around the Internet way more then your average person who’s bored at work, it becomes clear when a trend has really caught on, and the slip-on sneaker or the skater sneaker has done just that. If you’re not a fan of comfortable footwear, you might be surprised at how well these slip-on sneakers will fit into your wardrobe. Not only do they deliver comfort, but unlike the slip-on sneakers that I remember as a kid, these slip-ons come in various styles, textures and patterns to match every shoe lover’s personality. In the gallery below you’ll find these sneakers in sporty versions, like the 3.1 Phillip Lim Morgan Slip-On Sneaker, girly versions like the Mother of Pearl selection and edgy animal prints from Sam Edelman.
When it comes to working out, sometimes we just need that little extra push to get us out the door and to the gym. (Well at least I need that little extra push.) If I was being lured with these Valentino Rockstud Camo-Print Sneakers, I could probably get myself there everyday without fail.
The feeling after a great heart-pumping workout is one of the best feelings in the world, and an even better self-confidence booster. Why not trot out a great pair of sneakers in the process? The neon camo print is a standout (ironic; they’re anything but camouflaging), and Valentino sneakers wouldn’t be complete without the iconic Rockstud heel trim ornamentation. I can’t think of anything better then looking good while feeling good.
At this point, nothing you can put on a sneaker would genuinely surprise me. It’s a post-Jeremy Scott x Adidas world, and we’re just living in it. Most of the fashion taboos that still exit are for men, and usually for men who want to be publicly perceived as heterosexual. So where do these Lanvin Iridescent Snakeskin Sneakers fit?
Truthfully, I first found these sneakers because I accidentally clicked into the men’s shoe section of Barneys instead of the women’s. Once I found them, though, I was kind of fascinated. This particular combination of pinks, purples and teals is almost always reserved for women, and although there’s nothing non-masculine about the shape (it’s just a regular sneaker), the shoe struck me as particularly feminine. (Probably because sneakers are a huge women’s shoe trend right now.) I can imagine masculine men wearing a lot of things and pulling them off, but I’m not sure I can do it with these. I’m not even all that tied up in the idea of “traditional” masculinity (mostly because it encourages perfectly nice people to act like jerks a lot of the time), but if I was dating a dude who wanted to wear these, I might wrinkle up my nose a bit, despite being generally happy to be dating a dude who appreciates Lanvin.
I feel a little weird having that reaction to these shoes, considering that the motorcycle boots I’m currently wearing are not exactly gender role-compliant, but it’s my gut reaction nonetheless. Ladies, could you see your boyfriend or husband in these shoes? If so, pick up a pair for $995 via Barneys.
When online shopping is a major part of your job description, you see some very interesting shoes. There are some shoes you see that you can’t get out of your head for days, and then there are some shoes you see that you truly wish you could erase from your memory. When it comes to these Gucci Coda High Top Satin Colorblock Sneakers, I just can’t. With sneakers becoming an acceptable fashion statement, we’ve seen everything from bejeweled sneakers to wedge sneakers, and even metallic sneakers. Yet, it’s these Gucci sneakers that are bothering me most.
One of the reasons for my unsettling feelings is that I have largely moved on from the color blocking trend, although it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. As I’m sure you can tell from the color combo, these sneakers are part of the Spring collection, but the real issue for me is with the colors’ vibrancy. These sneakers look like they should be paired with a 1980s tracksuit, and while I may not be an 80s baby [Ed. Note - I feel old.], I know first-hand that those ensembles were not appealing. The juxtaposing colors of these sneakers all rest on a silk upper, and because of silk’s high ability to take dye, the colors are super rich. If a different material was used, such as canvas or leather, the colors would be muted and there would be a strong possibility that my opinion of these sneakers would change.
If you don’t agree with me, my father is to blame. He sports his 1980s tracksuit jacket to this day, and while I have begged and pleaded and bargained with him to update his look, the man just won’t budge. Maybe it is because his tracksuit jacket would match these sneakers perfectly )seriously I mean perfectly), but when it comes to these Guccis, I stand by my earlier statement: I just can’t.
Buy your sneakers through Bloomingdale’s for $515.