Now don’t get me wrong, I love shoes (slight obsession actually) as much as the next gal/guy, yet there is something so amazing about pairing an outfit with some awesome kicks (sneakers, runners, trainers…). What once was an insiders club for those fashionistas that had the magical ability to pair almost anything with kicks, is now sort of a right of passage for any person wanted to add a bit of edge (and comfort!!) to their look. The sneaker industry is one of the rare entities within the fashion landscape that continues to enjoy year over year growth, which is now a $20 billion+ industry in the US.
I recommend having a minimum of 3 pairs that don’t necessarily dress down your outfit but adds a bit of je ne sais quoi to your overall look. The most exciting thing about this trend is that it is not designer exclusive, meaning that you can go to your trusted brands like Nike, Adidas, Pony, New Balance and Converse to complement your look. However, a bevy of designers have hopped on the bandwagon to try and get a piece this billion dollar industry which only bodes well for all of us because not only are the sneaks incredibly stylish but usually better priced than a pair of heels. A few of style star faves are Commes des Garcons, Miu Miu, Prada (similar style to the pair I am wearing) and Pierre Hardy just to name a few.
As you may know by now, I am all about a good deal – which means that I am not above heading over to the outlets to snag some of my fave designer duds at a friendlier cost! I found this pair of Prada silver studded sneakers at the Woodbury Common Outlets, a couple of years ago and not only do I get a lot of use out of them but they pair well with almost anything. I really think that sneakers are the new wardrobe staple. It’s also about confidence right? If you carry it well, not a damn person will ask you why you are wearing sneakers, so do you boo boo. xx
Photographer: Peter On Post
Location: Inwood, NYC