Fashion Sneakers for Everyday Style
As stay at home orders ring out around the country, the sneaker is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. 10 out of 10 comfort factor and ease of styling are what makes sneakers the perfect shoe for errand runs and street style alike.
Do we want our feet strapped into precariously high heels? No! The time for comfort has come and we are embracing it full steam ahead.
Why are We So Obsessed with Sneakers?
A rise in minimalist dressing combined with seemingly endless lockdowns (Melbourne and Sydney, we feel you) people are seeking a way to stay comfortable and fashionable. Enter the humble sneaker. Whether it be a classic white style or the “ugly sneaker”, there’s no arguing that sneakers are here to stay. Pairing well with almost anything in the wardrobe from wide-leg jeans to corporate suits, sneakers are the key to comfort cool dressing.
1. Nike Air Max 95 NRG “Happy Pineapple” $250
There is no doubt you have seen that classic Nike tick on a shoe near you. From their popular Air Huarache or Air Force style, Nike has been bringing the base to streety style looks for years. Their latest foray into the sustainable collection brings us the “Happy Pineapple” collection.
The Air Max 95 NRG is made from Pinatex (pineapple leaf waste) and features a cork sole to help reduce production waste. A perfect way to solve a prickly problem
2. New Balance 574 $140
If a classic style is your go-to, look no further than the New Balance 574. Brought back from the late ’80s, the 574 has a colourway for every wardrobe. A favourite for the normcore look is the classic grey. Complete the look with blue jeans and a turtleneck. Tech powerhouse Steve Jobs was also a fan of New Balance, specifically the sold-out grey 992’s.
3. Adidas x Parley for the Oceans $180 – $340
These sleek-looking sneakers aren’t just stylish. Created with 75% recycled ocean plastic, the Adidas x Parley collaboration is aiming to raise awareness about our plastic consumption. The Ultra Boost range is made from dumped ocean waste and illegal ghost nets retrieved by Sea Shepard. Ethical fashion advocate, Stella McCartney has also teamed up with Adidas to create a vegan-friendly range.
4. Veja Venturi $228
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that may be true for these odd-shaped sneakers. Conscious French brand Veja has been seen on the feet of Meghan Markle, Emma Watson AND Kate Middleton – so you know they are good! Crafted from organic cotton, wild rubber and recycled plastic, these sneakers leave a lighter footprint on our planet.
5. Vans Old Skool Black $129.99
Gone are the days that Vans are for the skate kids only. Now they can be seen paired with floral dresses in the front row. Adding an edge to any look, the classic Vans sneaker has been a staple for anyone who favours comfort. Pair with some black jeans for some skate style looks or keep it casual with bike shorts and knitted jumper sets.
6. Bared Footwear Vireo $239
For a minimalist take on your everyday sneaker, look to Melbourne label Bared. Each Bared shoe comes with a biomechanical footbed that helps support and stabilizes your feet when moving. If you are seeking a little more support, Bared also has an online fitting expert on standby for any questions. Each purchase also comes with a ‘Fit Kit’ to help narrow or wide feet fit perfectly. Style the Vireo sneaker with a linen dress for some summer fun.
7. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star $120
This classic Convers style has been associated with every trend from grunge to normcore. Deriving from their basketball beginnings, hightops are worn with anything from floaty dresses to oversized suits. While the classic black or white is usually the style of choice, Converse now have something for anyone’s wardrobe.
8. Allbirds Tree Runners $140
Made completely from renewable materials, Allbirds has created one of the most eco-friendly sneakers around. Allbirds ‘Tread Lighter’ approach means they are aiming to drastically reduce the impact of their shoes upon our earth. So if a transparent, earth-friendly shoe is your jam, slip on one of these to leave your footprint a little lighter.
9. Rollie Shoes Weekender Cobolt Clash $249.95
Kick those white sneakers to the curb and brighten up your wardrobe with these colour clashing sneakers. Rollie shoes are engineered to be as light as possible for those on the go. Pair with denim jeans and a white tee for a basic look. Or colour clash it your way with vivid blues, pinks and purples.
10. Collective Canvas White Bal $123.97
For anyone who craves a simple, no-fuss sneaker, then Collective Canvas from across the ditch is for you. With a totally transparent sneaker crafted from organic cotton and cork, Collective Canvas is leading the way in ethical production. Perfect for spring picnics and sunset walks.
Looking for more outfit ideas to pair your new kicks with? Style them with a sweater vest or complete your loungewear looks. Check out Why everyone’s wearing flats this season.