Sneakers Nation

Where have all the stilettos gone? It may seem like a nanosecond, but sneakers–the antithesis of high-heels–have been basking in the fashion limelight for several years now. Credit the “athleisure” trend, and a taste for more comfortable clothing, but the ascendance of fashion sneakers also owes a debt to Phoebe Philo, creative director at Celine for ten years.

Milan, Italy: Fashionable appearance during Milan Fashion Week

Fashion Sneakers for Comfort in Luxury

Her philosophy of comfortable luxury trickled down to footwear. She showed both easy-to-walk-in block heels and fur Birkenstocks in her collections over the years. And by appearing in Stan Smith sneakers while taking a bow on the runway, she fueled a love affair with Adidas, converting high-heel loving, style-conscious women into sneaker lovers. Raise your hand if you can find a designer who hasn’t added rubber-soled styles to his or her fashion line.

London, United Kingdom -A guest attending Burberry fashion show during London Fashion Week A in London, United Kingdom.

When choosing your new kicks (as the kids would say) think namely about proportion. Ladies who are heavier up top, or broad through the shoulders can basically get away with any of the styles you see below. If you’re more or less average in proportion, don’t get carried away with the overall size of the shoe; your best bet is to go for a more streamlined style.

Linda Tol

Milan, Italy -Linda Tol poses in the street outside Gucci catwalk show as part of Milan Women’s Fashion Week







These oversize, clunky shoes are not for everyone, but the easiest way to offset a pair is with a flowy midi-dress. You could go full bore athleisure, but an airy frock with feminine puffy sleeves helps balance things out. Rather than wearing them with leggings or running tights, opt for a suit, even a dressy one, for contrast.


Coach SS2019 Lookbook

Not a slave to trends? For less of a statement but to still look au courant, go with a pair of simple soles with neutral colors from the likes of Tretorn, Puma, Nike and Adidas, who have climbed on the sneaker bandwagon with reboots of their old icons. Wear these classic sneakers with black jeans and a blazer, a pencil skirt, a sweater and pleated skirt, cropped trousers or a jumpsuit.

For weekend wear, go for fun with florals or patterns from Ganni or Gucci, for example. Keep the rest of your outfit pared down in color and style.

Here are the latest trends for this season, followed by our selections so you can #ShopTheLook 

  • New Age Athleisure
  • Animal Prints & Funky Patterns
  • Throwback
  • Slip On / Slides
  • Vivid Hues


Reebok Classic Nylon, $60

Superga 2551 Cotu Mule Sneakers

Superga, 2551 Cotu Mule Sneakers, $65

Nylite Plus Sneaker  

Tretorn, Nylite Plus Sneaker, $70

Via Spiga Sayer Boiled Wool Sneakers

Via Spiga, Sayer Boiled Wool Sneakers, $78

Mark Nason Shinning

Mark Nason, Shinning, $90


Brooks, Ricochet, $120

Coach C115 Slip On

Coach, C115 Slip On, $125

Vince Blair Snake-Print Sneakers

Vince, Blair Snake-Print Sneakers, $195

Coach C101 In Signature Canvas

Coach, C101 In Signature Canvas, $195

Frye Ivy Slip-On Leather Sneakers

Frye, Ivy Slip-On Leather Sneakers, $198

Athletic Propulsion Labs-APL-Techloom Bliss

Athletic Propulsion Lab (APL) Techloom Bliss, $220

(Oprah’s Favorite Sneaker)

Vince Galvin Chunky Mid-Cut Sneakers

Vince, Galvin Chunky Mid-Cut Sneakers, $250



Marc Jacobs, Dart Sock Sneaker, $250

Burberry Salmond Low-Top Leather Sneakers

Burberry, Salmond Low-Top Leather Sneakers, $390

Alexandre Birman Clarita Bow-Embellished Leather And Suede Sneakers

Alexandre Birman, Clarita Bow-Embellished Leather And Suede Sneakers, $395

 Maison Margiela Faux Leather Low Top Sneakers

Maison Margiela Faux Leather Low Top Sneakers, $495

Givenchy Logo-Printed Leather Sneakers

Givenchy, Logo-Printed Leather Sneakers, $595

Chloe Sneakers

Chloe, Sonnie Snake-Print Sneakers, $695


Prada, Logo Knit Sneakers, $720

Alexander McQueen Leather Floral Sneakers

Alexander McQueen, Leather Floral Sneakers, $790

Jimmy Choo Oakland Crystal Strap Slip-On Sneaker

Jimmy Choo,  Oakland Crystal Strap Slip-On Sneaker, $1,150

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