Renew Your Sneaker Obsession
The casual kicks that you once loved as a teenager have come of age. The modern sneaker is hip and chic and adds a cool factor to your grown-up wardrobe.
Issue: Jul 2016
Sneakers are no longer the exclusive domain of children and teenagers — take it from a new generation of sneaker-clad professionals hotfooting around the business district! While it may seem like a dichotomy, completely presentable casual footwear does exist, thanks to a recent renewal of sneaker styles.
The rule of thumb for pulling off this look is to stay polished, which means keeping sneakers clean and pristine. Read on for our top sneaker picks and more fashion tips.
Have Fun with Textures
The Chuck II Knit low-top sneaker by Converse ($109.90) comes in spray paint blue, red and white (pictured). High-top versions ($119.90) are also available in other colours.
Photo credit: Converse Singapore.
Converse has dominated the sneaker scene ever since it introduced its Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers in 1920. Even this iconic sneaker has undergone a facelift, with the brand pushing out a new Chuck Taylor All Star II collection that combines the original design silhouette with modern aesthetics.
Our top pick is the Chuck II Knit sneaker, which stands out with its textured upper. In white, the shoe is a modern classic that offers the most wardrobe mileage. It pairs equally well with office-appropriate dresses and a jeans-and-tee ensemble on weekends.
Like all Chuck II sneakers, it also features a Nike Lunarlon insole cushioning, padded non-slip tongue and super soft micro-suede lining so comfort is never compromised.
Opt for Cool and Classy
Massimo Dutti’s animal print plimsoll ($165) is a sophisticated update of the traditional rubber-soled canvas shoe.
White sneakers are probably the easiest way to introduce the sneaker style into a corporate wardrobe. An excellent option for the office is this animal print plimsoll by Massimo Dutti.
It makes a bold statement with its animal print finish and cut fish-scale pattern but avoids going over the top by sticking to basic white. True to the Italian brand’s clean and simple aesthetic, the shoe adds an air of edgy sophistication to any power suit and a dash of class to casual weekend outfits. It is lined with cotton and features a 100% cow leather insole.
Play it up with Prints
Skechers Flex Appeal in Floral Bloom ($105) adds colour and comfort to casual occasions.
Reserve this pair for the weekends! Skechers, from Manhattan Beach, California, is the epitome of laidback fun. Even though the brand’s footwear is generally categorised into lifestyle and performance shoes, this rendition seems to offer the best of both worlds.
The Flex Appeal in Floral Bloom has fun with bold colours and tropical prints in a sleek, sporty silhouette. It is fitted with the brand’s Memory Foam cushioned insole, which moulds to the feet for a perfect fit. FlexSole, a lightweight shock-absorbing flexible midsole design, also ensures that every step is a comfortable one.
This pair of sporty sneakers is an easy way to add visual interest to a simple outfit.
What are you waiting for? Step out in style today!
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