Welcome to our new college girl style series! We partnered with our sister site College Fashionista to share the trends and styling tricks their fashionable contributors are spotting on campuses. Up next: How to style cool athletic sneakers.
There is no denying a certain shoe style is having a major fashion moment. From celebrities sporting them on the street to designer brands having them in their collections, sneakers are everywhere right now. The sneaker renaissance in the age of athleisure means looking good while being comfortable—the ultimate fashion win-win. While the classic styles by brands like Converse, Adidas, and Nike continue to reign supreme today, more daring fashion trends of late have made room for more eclectic sneakers to take to the streets.
The University of Toronto’s massive downtown campus warrants a pair of kicks that can get you from Point A to Point B quickly, but that doesn’t mean you need to forgo serving a killer look in order to make it to class (relatively) on time. Evidenced by these Toronto students, the sneaker styles we all know and love are perfect for anyone jetting around a big city. So, go ahead, and ditch your usual go-to flats this spring—making the switch to sneakers will be one sartorial choice you won’t regret.
Go on to check out three of our favorite ways to style athletic sneakers now—and shop must-have pairs, too.
The Vans sneaker may have been all the rage in the aughts, but updated versions of the shoe are on the rise. An all-black outfit draws on the shoe’s history; some rips and graphics update that punk edginess the shoe recalls.
A neutral slip-on looks great with any outfit, but pairing them with black boyfriend jeans, a bomber jacket, and a beanie creates an effortlessly cool and relaxed look.
Who said sneakers can’t be dressy? Featuring a variation on Nike’s usual athletic appearance, this student paired the bright shoe with a wool coat and maroon pants—mixing and matching contrasting pieces creates a balanced outfit.
Try these with a feminine dress for the ultimate cool-girl look.
There’s honestly nothing like a classic trainer.
A vintage-feeling sneaker looks cool with everything.
A sleek black sneaker will always be in style.
Think like a fashion girl, and style these with any skirt or denim.
Your perfect summer sneaker calls for a pop of color.
This is one sneaker style that’s always on trend.