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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. 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.

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.

Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton

Celine

Celine

Prada

Prada

Burberry

Burberry

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.

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: 

New Age 

Carvala Laidback Sneaker

Carvala Laidback Strappy Sneakers, $169 

Donna Karan Fur Trimmed Sneakers

Donna Karan, Cory Slip On Faux-Fur Trimmed Sneakers, $140 

JefferyCampbell Lo-Fi2

Jeffrey Campbell, Lo-Fi 2 Sneaker, $160 

PRADA LOGO KNIT

Prada, Logo Knit Sneakers, $720 

Michael Kors BECKETT

Michael Kors, Beckett Cut-out Sneakers, $140 

Balenciaga Colorblock Race Stretch-Sock Sneaker

Balenciaga Colorblock Race Stretch-Sock Sneaker, $695 

Laceless & Sock Sneakers 

PRADA KNIT STRAP

Prada, Printed Knit Strap Sneakers, $695 

Puma Defy Laceless

Puma, Defy Mid-Top Sneaker, $100  

Calvin Klein Sock Sneaker

Calvin Klein, Uni Sock Knit Sneaker, $119 

Michael Kors Skyler Sock Sneaker

Michael Kors, Skyler Metallic Knit Sneakers, $145 

MARC JACOBS SOCK SNEAKER

Marc Jacobs, Dart Sock Sneaker, $250  

Shearling & Animal Prints 

FLEXX GROOVE SHEARLING SNEAKER

The Flexx, Groove Faux-Shearling Trim Patent Sneaker, $170 

Chloe Sneakers

Chloe, Sonnie Snake-Print Sneakers, $695 

steve madden cliff animal print sneaker

Steve Madden, Cliff, $100 

Throwback 

TRETON Original Sneaker

Treton, Camden 3 Sneaker, $80 

Puma Varsity Suede Classic Sneaker

Puma, Suede Varsity, $56 

Nike Cortes

Nike Classic Cortez , $90 

Superga Cortu

Superga Cotu Sneaker, $65-$99 

Reebok Classic Nylon, $60

Adidas Classic

Adidas Originals, Samba Og, $100  

 

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