I never thought I would wear a pair of sneakers outside of the gym, but now that it’s become trendy it makes sense, particularly for me and my troubled feet. If you’ve read this blog for a while, or know me in real life, you may be aware of my feet issues and how I never wear uncomfortable shoes. So when the tennis shoe became the “it” thing, I was determined to work them into my wardrobe.
I’ve worn sneakers before but not very often and certainly not for the sake of style, unless you count my pink Converse sneakers in junior high. As a young girl, I wore white Keds every spring and begged for a pair of saddle oxfords in my preteens. Other than that—nadda!
Fast-forward to present day, and there are a plethora of tennis shoe options, many of which are very cute!
First, let’s address the elephant in the room.
Dilemma #1: finding the right pair. You may ask yourself, “Isn’t a sneaker just a sneaker?” Not exactly. While you could grab your workout shoes and pair them with your outfit (aka “athleisure”), it’s won’t give you the same aesthetic I’m sharing in today’s post.
The Superga sneaker offers a classic brand and look. They are incredibly comfortable and super cute! I love their slim appearance and appreciate that they come in a handful of neutral colors and prints. They run a bit wide, so if your foot tends to be narrow, you may opt for a similar style by a different brand.
Dilemma #2: incorporating them into your wardrobe. This can be tricky, but once you’ve mastered my tried and true tips, you’ll wonder why you didn’t wear them sooner.
- Show some ankle. If you really want to nail this trend, you’re going to have to show a little skin! Doing this alone will have you be the envy of all your friends. So make sure your jeans are cropped, cuffed, or cut.
- Don’t wear socks. No-show socks are your friend and an absolute must if you’re not willing to go sans socks.
- Where your sneakers with a cropped pant, dress, skirt, leggings, or jeans. Your options are limitless, so get creative.
- Slimmer is better. Sneakers come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. I recommend erring on the slimmer side when choosing the perfect pair, especially if you’re someone who prefers a more polished look. If you enjoy athleisure style, then the width of your chosen sneaker may not matter. If you’re a fan of these, you can style them with all of the items listed above.
- Color. I recommend purchasing your tennis shoes in a neutral color—think white, navy, and beige. Going neutral will give you more versatility with your outfits. If you want a pop of color, go for something in a pastel or floral print. Both would be cute!
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Dress: Karina Dresses c/o | Jacket: Loft (old) | Shoes: Superga c/o J. Jill | Necklace: Lace & Pearls Jewelry | Earrings: Ann Taylor c/o | Purse: Old Navy (similar) | Lipstick: Burberry Bright Plum No.49 c/o
*c/o: courtesy of or gifted
Photography: Nicholas Mercado