I'm a 30-Year-Old Mom and Fashion Editor—5 Sneakers I Fully Live in Right Now


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When it comes to my everyday style, there are a lot of factors that come into play and ultimately inform my outfit decisions. I'm a mom of two and a fashion editor who is officially in her 30s. As a native Californian living in New York City, I do more walking than I ever thought I would in my life. Luckily, all of these things kind of point in the same direction, which is comfort and practicality while simultaneously trying to look cute, cool, and put-together.

Where does that leave us? Sneakers, of course. While I have more pairs than I am willing to put into writing, there are five special styles that get exponentially more airtime than the rest. To read about and shop each of my favorites, plus see how I've styled them lately, just keep scrolling. 

1. New Balance 990


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Starting with the ones I've been wearing the longest, my New Balance 990s truly never fail. I love wearing them with jeans, but they also pair equally well with shorts and leggings, which is a major plus.

2. Salomon XT-6


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Whether it's at school drop-off or on a weekend, this exact outfit is what you'll catch me in most mornings. It's all based around my Salomons, which—I have to admit—I bought because of Hailey Bieber, and I'm so glad I did.

3. Adidas Samba OG


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After finally giving in to the hype, these Sambas are my most recent shoe purchase, and I finally get why everyone is obsessed! Probably the most versatile of the bunch, they go with everything from jeans to cargo pants and even skirts. 

4. Loewe Flow Runner


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For days that I want to "dress up" my sneaker look a little, I opt for these Loewe Flow Runners. They feel a little more polished than athletic styles, and I love the retro nod. 

5. New Balance 550


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Closing it out with another New Balance style, the bulkier but less sporty 550 is a silhouette I've been wearing for a while and continue to love. While they pair well with everything, my go-to move is styling them with trousers or slightly baggy jeans. 

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Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2024, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch Summer House.