I love my kicks. I love the classic kind, like Converse and Adidas. In fact, I just ordered my new Stan Smith Originals from Adidas for my spring look. And you know what? I 100% plan to wear them to work. Yes, I work in a professional environment (with a little leniency), but I’ll show you how I plan to pull it off. These looks will work with either my classic Converse or my Stan Smith’s.
If you need to be comfy, but you’re not into Orthopedic shoes, I would go with the Stan Smith’s. I find the Converse to eventually begin to make my feet ache because of lack of support. Keep in my these three things first:
- Trainers or running shoes won’t really work. These are gym sneakers, not fashion sneakers.
- Keep ’em clean. There’s a fine between looking chic and looking lazy.
- Make it a total look. You have to think about the outfit on the whole–they don’t work with everything. Here are some ways to wear it:
Wide leg pants–I have a great pair of black Robert Rodriquez wide leg, high waisted pants that work great with fashion sneakers. The wide pants hid the shoe a bit and but it ends up being a great mix of sporty and chic. On top, I like a chambray shirt either tucked in, or tied at the waist with a statement necklace. Leaving it tucked out would be too casual. This look is about balance. The chambray button down is casual with a dressy black pant and casual shoes, but a statement necklace gives the look the little bump it needs to still be professional and fashion forward.
Pencil Skirts and flouncy skirts--this look is super cute, feminine and comfy. You want to do this in the spring time. Do not, I repeat DO NOT do this look with stockings or tights. Denim, black or brightly colored pencil skirts all look great with this look! Do a tucked in t-shirt, chambray shirt (goes with everything), or casual blouse, button down or spring sweater.
Skinny Cropped Pants–the opposite of the wide leg pant look, a tailored pant can really heighten the look. You want to be careful to to keep the pant cropped to showcase the shoe, rather than hide it. A regular length pant will look like you’re wearing sneakers because your feet hurt, not because it’s fashion forward (AND your feet need a break). The cropped pants create a look around the shoes. Again, little sweaters, button downs, pretty much anything goes on top. Always balance the look with a bit of casual jewelry–nothing too shiny or too blingy, or the look won’t blend.