It’s no secret I’m a fan of wearing sneakers with skirts and pants, heck I’ll wear them with anything. I’m not talking your rainbow coloured, take all my money sneaker you pick up from the sports store to hit the gym in, nuh uh! I’m talking street sneakers, kicks, wheels…cool and comfy attire for your feet.
I have never been one for stilletos-like NEVER EVER!
If I do wear a heel it’s a wedge or block heel because let’s face it, being a ‘heavier’ (chubby) chick they are more stable and much more comfortable. Where I can, I will always opt for a sneaker first. I wear them with jeans, shorts, lace, denim, tulle, skirts, dresses…even a ball gown. Oh yes I did!
I have quite the collection too. Plain, print, hi-top, sporty, sassy…you name it, I reckon I have it. I would just rather feel comfy, and if I feel comfy then I will exude confidence. Win win 🙂 I’m often asked how to wear sneakers and also what age is ‘appropriate’ to wear sneakers.
Well let’s answer that last one first. Style transcends age! Got it? I don’t care how old you are, you can absolutely rock any style, just tailor it a little. Go on, wear leather, lace, sequins, knee-high boots, fur, leopard, short dresses, skinny leg jeans. Wear it all, just not all at once. Put your ‘flava’ on it and own it sista!
SO HOW DO YOU WEAR SNEAKERS?
The trick is to own it! Wear your sneakers with confidence ladies and they will always look ace. The other tip is to flash some skin. Cuff your jeans or pants to expose some sexy ankle, wear skirts on or above the knee or at the ‘sweet spot’ on your calf and flash some leg when wearing a dress. If a maxi dress/skirt is your thang then knot the hem to allow a little gorgeous skin to be seen. Oh, and the ‘sweet spot’ on your calf is that bit where it dips in a little and narrows, sooo sexy 🙂
WHAT STYLE WILL SUIT ME?
Ladies, there’s so many styles of sneakers, find the ones that suit you and rock them. Be aware though that some styles can visually make your legs look ‘a little chunkier’, like hi-tops, platforms and sneakers with a large (long) tongue. The shape of the sneaker makes a big difference too, some are narrow while others can be wider, some have a pointier toe while others can be more almond or super round.
Let’s not forget socks, unless you’re off to a 50’s dance with a poodle on your cardi and a dude with a slicked down hairdo on your arm then we never wear ‘visible socks’. If you want a cool vibe then purchase socks that have a low profile and sit ‘inside’ your sneaker.
IT’S ALL IN THE LACES
Then theres laces, to lace or not to lace? Some sneakers come with removable laces and an elastic gusset, some have interchangeable laces and then you might even like to personalise your sneakers with ribbon, rags, lace or even string. Laces are a way to link into your outfit with colour or even texture, for example if you’re wearing a checked skirt you might like to add spotty or stripey laces for fun.
COLOUR YOUR WORLD
I’m often asked what colour sneakers to purchase, the possibilities are endless. If you’re starting out then pace yourself and purchase white, cream, silver or black. If you like a sporty vibe then go two-tone with a stripe around the sole. If you are teaming your sneakers with work outfits then add some metallic like rose gold or silver to amp up the style. Have fun with colour and print, choose your sneakers according to your style personality (not your age) and you will always look ace in them.
KEEP IT CLEAN
There’s nothing that will ruin an outfit faster than unkept shoes. If your shoes are worn, torn or dirty then ditch them…or clean them. Canvas sneakers can be thrown in the washing machine for a quick and easy clean, while leather sneakers can benefit from a little scrub and some leather conditioner to keep them looking tip-top.
MY FAVE SNEAKERS ON THE INTERNET RIGHT NOW…
1.ADIDAS Superstar Originals $130 sizes 4-14 HERE
2.ADIDAS Gazelle scarlet/white/gold $130 sizes 5-13 HERE
3.FRANKIE 4 FOOTWEAR ‘Nat’ in cream (also in white & black) $229.95 sizes 6-11 HERE
4.Superga ‘Cotu Metallic’ $119.99 sizes 36-41 HERE
6.Jo Mercer ‘Leftfield” rose gold $99.95 (on sale) size 36-41 HERE
7.Diana Ferrari ‘Andi platinum’ $129.95 sizes 36-41 HERE
8.Sperry ‘Seacoast white leather’ $99.95 sizes 36-40 HERE
9.Sportsgirl ‘Kiki perforated’ $59.95 sizes 36-41 HERE
10.Wittner ‘Belina satin’ navy (also in rose) $149.95 size 35-42 HERE
Do you wear your sneakers outside the gym?
Got a favourite in my favourites list?
Til next time,
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