When it comes to truly stylish, comfortable footwear, sneakers are the new ballet flats. Isabel Marant first introduced her now-ubiquitous sneaker wedges in 2010, which quickly became the go-to shoe for fashion’s elite, including top editors, models, and celebrities like Beyonce, who rocked a pair in her “Love On Top” music video. Since then, the humble sneaker’s been reinvented in lively colors and punchy prints, elevating them to must-have status for any cool girl. In fact, a number of trendsetters—Rihanna, Jessica Alba, and Chloe Moretz, to name a few—are wearing sneakers to add a fresh, contemporary flair to their looks. Read today’s Accessory Report for outfit details and shop our picks below.
WHAT: Leaving her hotel in London last month.
WEAR: Silver Spoon Attire Vintage Cameo Beanie ($68); Trapstar Irongate Stadium Jacket ($143); Rihanna for River Island Grey Thigh Split Sweat Maxi Skirt ($100); Adidas Pro Model Shoes ($78).
WHY: Wear a classic pair of sneakers with a casual maxi skirt for an edgy downtown look.
WHO: Chloe Moretz
WHAT: Grabbing frozen yogurt in Los Angeles in February.
WEAR: Zoe Karssen Ooh Chic Sweater ($113); blue jeans; Puma By Mihara MY-66 Sneakers ($120) in Dark Denim.
WHY: Sporty wedge sneakers elevate Moretz’s off-duty sweater and jeans combo.
WHO: Jessica Biel
WHAT: Taking a stroll in Paris last month.
WEAR: Black scarf; Fendi jacket; JET jeans; leopard-print gloves; Nike Jordan 1 Phat Sneakers ($73).
WHY: Sneakers with bright laces add a playful pop of color to a laid-back look.
WHO: Jessica Alba
WHAT: Enjoying a walk on the beach in Santa Monica with her family.
WEAR: Opening Ceremony OC Varsity Patch Jacket ($340); white t-shirt; skinny jeans; Isabel Marant Bayley Suede And Leather High-Top Sneakers ($640).
WHY: Athletic-inspired wedge sneakers play up the vibe of Alba’s varsity jacket.
Feeling inspired by these fashionable celebrities? Snag a cool pair of sneakers for yourself with one of our picks. Flat Sneakers For a chic upgrade on the iconic basketball sneaker, look no further than Nike’s Dunk High Skinny Shoes ($85). They’d look perfect with an oversized button-down and cutoffs for a relaxed, on-the-go ensemble. You could also opt for Zara’s Colored Sneakers ($90); just offset their sporty feel with a leather mini skirt and graphic shirt. Wedge Sneakers If you don’t want to sacrifice height, invest in a pair of hidden-heel sneakers. Puma’s Sky Wedge Sneakers ($100) give you a boost and make a statement teamed with skinny jeans and a slouchy t-shirt. For sneakers with a little flirtatious appeal, try Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Cutout Sneaker Wedges ($328) in Green, which show off just a hint of skin. Pair the on-trend mint hue with a floral skirt and knit sweater for a feminine spring look.
Photos of Rihanna and Chloe Moretz, courtesy of Splash News; photo of Jessica Alba, courtesy of Fame Flynet; photo of Jessica Biel, courtesy of Bauer Griffin; photo of Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers, courtesy of Shopbop.com.