We, like most of the fashion world, spent a greater portion of last year obsessing over high-fashion sneakers, especially Isabel Marant's wildly popular hidden wedge iteration. Today, however, we're coveting a more traditional/functional form of sporty lace-ups: the running shoe. With the ability to offer an unexpectedly modern contrast to chic daywear, it's safe to say running shoes aren't merely for athletic pursuits these days. Current versions of this workout staple are available in bright hues and sleek shapes, and lend themselves to a directional sportif look. We've rounded up some of our favorite styles, so read on for important details on each!
On The Runways & Street
We wouldn't normally put running shoes and pencil skirt in the same outfit equation, but when it comes to fashion, never say never-especially when that exact combination is what makes one stylish civilian's ensemble, as seen on Stockholm Street Style, feel so fresh and interesting. The sneakers imbue her sophisticated separates with an on-point sporty vibe, resulting in a trend-centric look that is unabashedly cool. We spotted running shoes on the S/S 13 runways too, most notably at Y-3, which celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the brand's collaboration with Adidas. The athletic footwear, including the Racine Sneakers ($290) above, were a suitable addition to designer Yohji Yamamoto's collection of elegant sporting gear.
On the Market
1. Pierre Hardy Combo Low Top Sneakers ($470)
If you're a low-top sneaker kind of gal, then these Pierre Hardy shoes with contrast trim and Velcro straps, are for you. Contrast their masculine look with a pleated mini skirt.
2. Nike Free Run iD Sneakers ($130)
The amazing thing about these Nike sneakers-in addition to the fact that they are practically weightless-is that they're completely customizable. Not only do you get to choose the amount of flexibility and cushioning, but the coloring on the upper, laces, midsole, and swoosh design is up to you too! The result? A unique pair of running shoes that are all your own.
3. New Balance Windbreaker Sneakers ($70, available February) in Blue
While you really can't go wrong with a classic New Balance sneaker, we've got our eye on the brand's new-for-spring Windbreaker style, available early next month. A combination of suede and mesh in energetic shades of blue and green give these shoes their standout look, perfect for adding some pep to your step this season.
4. ASICS Gel Harmony TR Shoes ($90)
Snag these sneakers, and we promise they'll get a ton of wear this year. While you will certainly appreciate the lightweight design and secure fit when hitting the treadmill hard, the fluorescent hues will be the perfect pop of color to your neutral daytime ensembles.
5. Balenciaga Trainers ($545)
Featuring scalloped detailing and a mix of fabrics like suede and stingray, these Balenciaga kicks are more for looks than function. Take them to the next level with a cropped pantsuit.
6. Adidas Climawarm Blast Shoes ($80) in Phantom/Hyper Green
Running shoes with thermal insulation? Yes, please! These sneakers don't just look good, they feel amazing too. CLIMAWARM technology keeps your feet warm when you're out in wet and cold climates, while flexible outsoles and breathable mesh provide a comfortable fit.
7. ASOS Domino Running Trainers with Suede Detail ($62)
If blocks of neon are too flashy for your tastes, choose a wear-with-anything, neutral rendition instead. These duo-tone trainers by ASOS will take you well through the upcoming season, thanks to their contrasting black and white hue.--Jessica Baker