The time has come to say goodbye to your beloved Vans Old Skool sneakers or your Adidas Gazelles. It’s a poignant moment when you need to throw out your sneakers. You likely wore them every day for years, but holes and worn-down soles are a sneaker’s death knell.
But if it’s been a few years since you last bought a pair of kicks, you might be at a loss. How are people styling sneakers nowadays? How do you find the ideal type of sneakers?
This is a good problem to have because now you get to reinvent your style and find the best sneakers for the new, updated you.
Read on to find out how to buy sneakers and style them so your feet can keep looking on-trend yet feeling comfortable.
Choose the Right Materials
Sneakers come in a variety of different materials. This affects the style, durability, and breathability of the sneaker and whether it is water-resistant or not.
Here are some of the most popular materials for sneakers:
- Other textiles
Imitation leather is also common and it might seem appealing for a cheaper price. But you will not be saving on sneakers in reality because they will not last as long as real leather sneakers.
But if vegan sneakers are important to you, there are high-quality options available.
Are Adidas cruelty free? And what about other top brands like Nike and Converse? Most sell leather sneakers but they do have one or two models made from 100 percent vegan materials.
Always check the product descriptions to be sure.
Consider the Fit and Feel
A pair of sneakers might be in your usual size, but that does not mean they fit. If you have narrow or wide feet, in particular, not all styles of sneaker will be right for you.
Whether you buy sneakers at home or online, walk around in them a little. Does any part of your foot feel pinched? Does your foot move and slide too much in the shoe?
Be mindful of the type of socks you tend to wear with sneakers and always wear them when you try on new shoes.
Think About the Activities
Nowadays, there is a specific sneaker option for every activity under the sun. Whether you are wearing sneakers to the gym, scuba dive, or run, there is a sneaker out there.
Most people want sneakers that are versatile and will suit a range of activities. In that case, choose sneakers made from a breathable material. They need a slight heel and a soft, cushioned sole.
Find a Brand You Like and Stick With Them
Brand loyalty might not pay off if you’re talking about cell phone companies or internet providers, but it does for sneakers. If Adidas sneakers fit you like a glove and last for years, stick with them! It is obvious they make shoes that are ideal for your feet.
If you cross over to a different brand, they may not last as long or feel as good after two or three months.
Smarter Event? Wear Canvas Sneakers
Unless you are attending your wedding (though there are exceptions), you can wear sneakers to smart events, too. But you do need to find the right sneaker.
Opt for canvas sneakers like Converse or Old Skool Vans when wearing a suit or a sports blazer and khakis. Stick with white or black sneakers if you don’t want to look too informal. And it should go without saying, but make sure they are clean as a whistle.
Casual Everyday Wear? Opt For Sports Sneakers
If you’re styling sneakers for a smart casual day at the office or a Saturday running errands, it’s a little easier. For these occasions, you can choose a sports sneaker for extra comfort.
Roll up the bottom of your jeans to make your sneakers stand out.
Don’t Shy Away From Color
Many people struggle to be brave with color and end up with a monochrome wardrobe. Every day they wear black hoodies, plain white tees, and blue denim.
If you’re nervous about wearing too much color, buying colorful sneakers is a great compromise. Opt for an emerald green or burgundy vintage-style sneaker for an on-trend hipster look.
Make Designer Sneakers the Focal Point of Your Outfit
Are you ready to bite the bullet and invest in your first pair of designer, luxury sneakers? It’s a slippery slope and you might end up becoming a sneakerhead! The best Yeezys and Air Jordans look amazing, but they don’t come cheap.
If you are going to spend a lot on getting dope sneakers, you should make them the focal point of your outfit. Leave the fedoras and Scandinavian knitted sweaters at home. Instead, opt for an oversized t-shirt and a pair of jeans in the same color.
Dress in the opposite color to whatever color your sneakers are. This will help draw peoples’ eyes to your sneakers so that the cost is worth it.
Don’t Wear Out Your Sneakers
It’s fair to say that most people wear their sneakers until they are falling apart. That’s understandable because you want to get your money’s worth. Plus, it can be difficult to let go of your favorite kicks.
But if you are wearing your sneakers up to the point where they get holes, you’ve worn them for too long. By this time, they haven’t given you good support for months which is bad for the health of your feet. Plus, they likely look sloppy.
Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a new pair of sneakers more often.
Styling Sneakers So You Always Look Fly
One of the most important things to remember when styling sneakers is that there is a sneaker for every outfit and occasion. You only need to find the right one. And if you follow these top tips, you will find it far easier to buy and style sneakers in the future.
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