Style Sleuth: Sneaky Sneaky

January 16, 2012 • Magazine, Style Sleuth

Words you thought you never would hear: sneakers are fashionable now! We’ve gone through the high (and heel-less) Lady GaGa-esque shoes to kitten heels to wedges and now, it’s back to sneakers. It seems that designers have heard the cries of stiletto-clad women everywhere and are finally doing something about it. This is the season of the sneaker.

These shoes are a great alternative to wearing heels in the winter. You can throw them on without worrying about slipping on ice. And if you’re feeling very daring, they can go from your afternoon workout straight to a night out on the town! But you can’t just throw on any old dirty pair of gym shoes. There are a few rules to pulling off a fashion-forward sneaker look.

When you wear sneakers in lieu of heels, make sure you’re wearing loose and tailored pieces towards the bottom half of your body. If your skirts or pants are too tight, you can come off as looking vulgar and the look has the possibility of losing its chicness. Also, keep in mind to stay within the same color family unless you want your shoes to make the boldest statement. Many sneakers this season are made with wedges. This gives the wearer height without sacrificing comfort.

Sneakers are also dressing up themselves! Hints of metallic and studs are covering the soles of these wonders, adding a bit of fun to the every day shoe. If some of these studded options are too much for you, there is always the do-it-yourself option.

So what are you waiting for? Get those sneakers on!

1. DKNYC Active Forward Laceless Sneakers, $47.90

2. Lanvin Metallic-Cracked Leather Sneaker, $271.20

3. See By Chloe Gondola Lace Wedge Sneaker, $360

4. Marc By Marc Jacobs Wertmuller Sneaker Wedge, $282.94

5. UES Rivin Studded Sneaker, $90.99

6. Miu Miu Patent-Leather High-Top Sneakers, $495

7. Maison Martin Margiela Mirror Sneaker, $680

8. Nike Tenkay Low Sneaker, $60

—Taneisha Jordan

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