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Just For Kicks

Oct 16 2013

by Beth Parker

all images c/o s e e r s u c k e r + s a d d l e s

More often than not, people restrict sneakers to workout wear. If they’re feeling really wild and crazy, they’ll toss them on with some denim, too. But let me pose this question, “If you could be comfy in your sneaks & pulled together all at the same time, would you consider sporting the kicks more frequently—say possibly with a dress?” Because guess what, gang, you can. I believe there’s something classically effortless about having a look that would normally call for heels or flats; however, you choose to sport some sneaks instead. It’s a perfect juxtaposition. Nowadays, classic brands such as Vans, Converse, & Superga are serving it up in a major way with some amazing prints and fabulous colors for us to choose from. I’ve become quite the sneak collector with my Liberty Vans & Velvet Supergas being my top two faves. Zappos and Piperlime have my favorite online selections and bonus, they’re super affordable, too!

Not quite sure how to sport the sneaks without looking like you just rolled out of bed? One word—polish. Maybe tuck in that shirt, or toss on a belt, pop that collar under a preppy sweater, or feminize a dress with some baubles. The key is to make the rest of your rig appear a little more spruced up since your lower half is going to be extremely casual. With that being said, make sure to keep the overall feel laid back and not stuffy. Play with textures too. Case in point, take a peek at the look above with the navy lace skirt & striped sweater. On paper, it would sound absurd to pair leopard sneaks with a lace skirt. However, the casual fit & playful stripe print of the sweater along with the neon lucite necklace help bring the casual feel full circle. I find myself here lately even wearing my sneaks out at night. I chose to toss on a form fitting black and white striped dress with my velvet Supergas to Thursday Night Live and I felt so very comfy & still pulled together for an evening look. So long story longer, experiment with your kicks and bring them out of the workout rotation—pretty sure you’ll be glad you did!

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