Sometimes trends filter down from the runway to the streets, but just as often, they filter up, and that’s been especially true in recent seasons. Designers have taken inspiration from all kinds of streetwear trends and the shoppers who have embraced them for years, and everything from Timberlands to Birkenstocks have gotten a ritzy upgrade.

A lot of what those designers are doing, though, is just reinventing the wheel at a staggering premium; those shoes have had long popularity because they’re well designed and well made in the first place. Below, check out some particular instances in which you’d be well-advised to skip the designer version and stick with the classics.

It’s no secret that luxe athleticism and flat footwear have made a prominent footprint in fashion. In recent seasons, we’ve seen everyone from Chanel to Burberry Prorsum jump on the sneaker trend. Sneakers are becoming increasingly popular not just for their intended use, but also for whatever kinds of fashion purposes you might prefer.

But before the fashion industry got ahold of the sneaker, Nike built its business on meshing athleticism and individuality. I’m not what you would call a “sneaker junkie,” but in recent months, I’m loving and appreciating the value of a great sneaker. Nike sneakers bring a cool girl dynamic to any ensemble, and whether you are a Air Max fan or low-top Air Force 1 gal, these are some of our favorites that we want to wear here, there and everywhere.

Shoes: Victoria Safari Lona Tintada Sneaker

Price: $60 via Victoria Footwear

Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: With major holiday shopping kickstarting this weekend, we’re going to swap our Thanksgiving pumps for a comfortable sneaker. I’ve worn these sneakers for the past few weekends, and they’re super lightweight–perfect for Black Friday. Victoria sneakers are all made in Spain and are now available in the US, and for $60 each, you might want to pick up several colors.

Shoes: Nike Snake-Effect Leather Sneakers

Price: $90 via Net-a-Porter

Why It’s the Shoe of the Week: If your feet are sore after a weekend of partying in heels, the last thing you want to be wearing to start your week is another pair of heels. Nike’s taking a luxe approach with these snake-effect sneakers, and we love them for both their comfort and aesthetics. Who needs heels?

Adidas has inked deals with many luxury designers in the past few seasons, including Jeremy Scott and Stella McCartney. Now, Mary Katrantzou is set to add her name to that list.

Mary Katrantzou is known for her kaleidoscopic patterns and exquisitely embellished prints, a signature aesthetic that will be transferred to Adidas sneakers and apparel. This collaboration features brightly colored collage-like patterns that are both feminine and vibrant. This collection will roll out on November 15 at Adidas stores and online, and pieces will retail from $170 to $250.

[Images via Glamour and Milk Made]


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This summer was a glorious season; not just because of the wonderful weather we’ve had, but because our feet were actually given a break thanks to trendy flatforms, Birkenstocks, and slip-on sneakers. Now that we are rolling into fall, we should also thank Karl Lagerfeld for putting sneakers back on the map; he paired tweed and pearl sneakers with his Fall 2014 collection at Chanel.

With sneakers beginning their domination this season, there are bound to be a few questionable pairs here and there. So far, I’ve found seven designs that give me pause, and because I don’t want to spoil the surprise for you, I’ll just give you a hint: knee-high sneakers, glitter and snap closures are just some of the thing you’ll find in the gallery below!

In between writing assignments, I tend to clear my head by mindlessly scrolling through Twitter and Facebook, as I’m sure many of us you do too. Yesterday, this little detour ended up being topical, and it leads to the topic of our latest edition of TalkShoes Asks.

I’m getting to the age where my social media timelines are covered with engagement notifications, followed by endless wedding pictures and eventual baby announcements. Today, it was a wedding picture from a high school friend that made me stop scrolling; she and her husband were posed as if they were caught in the middle of a dance move, exposing the bride’s wedding sneakers.

Trust me, I know the pain of wearing towering heels all day. It can be excruciating and leave you throbbing for days. Footwear on a bride’s wedding day has become eclectic in recent years; bride’s can now wear anything vibrant “something blue” heels to demure, comfortable kitten heels and still be considered traditional. In the picture, my friend wore an all-lace dress with red and white floral sneakers with red laces, and I’m almost positive she was wearing Keds Champions.

Personally, the thought of sneakers on my wedding day would never occur to me, but if it’s done right, it can make for an edgy, playful touch. Would you consider a sneaker for your wedding day?

Buy a pair of Keds sneakers for your wedding day or just for the fun of it through Zappos for $50.

It may be early when you read this, and maybe you haven’t had your first cup of coffee yet, but I’m here to assure you that it’s not your lack of caffeine that’s making you seeing things. Yes, those are indeed bunny ears popping out of the top of these Minna Parikka High-Top Sneakers.

It’s no secret that in fashion, sneakers have gone beyond just gym attire; now sneakers are a statement all their own, and these bunny ear sneakers definitely have something to say. Whether you see them as playful or unconventional, without a doubt, you’ll either love them or hate them. I can certainly appreciate the innovative approach to make these sneakers stand out, but I know I can’t pull them off.

I can, however, see these sneakers on the likes of twenty-somethings walking around downtown, or even on the feet of Leandra Medine of Man Repeller. Right now (maybe because I’ve only had my one cup of coffee for today), she’s just about the only person I can think of who would wear these, and from her styling capabilities, she would probably give these sneakers a compelling argument.

Buy your bunny ear sneakers for $330 via Net-a-Porter.

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