Let’s play my favorite game “spot the American.” Generally speaking we Americans love our sneakers, and rightfully so. They are just so darn comfy. But FASHIONABLE….um, not sure. <crinkle nose and shrug shoulders here>.
Sneakers are not just for tourists anymore. Sneakers are a big money business, at all price points from your basic Chucks to Gucci. Everyone is making a sneaker for men, women and children now.
When I recently saw a very stylish friend wearing her white Chucks with jeans and an oxford, I was sold. It was cute, I tell ya.
Here’s what I found out there if you want to start a sneaker collection or just purchase one pair of sneaks.
So, here is the basic. The standard. The “can’t go wrong here” shoe: Chuck Taylor All Star Low Tops in White by Converse for $55. www.converse.com
Superga has lots of classic sneaks to choose from in great colors, too, starting at $65. www.superga-usa.com
Ever heard of Bensimon? They also have tons of cute colors and start at $55. www.shopbop.com/bensimon
Soludos is very popular with the celebrities for both their espadrille slip-on shoes and their lace-up sneakers. They have all sorts of cute designs as well. www.soludos.com
Camper makes a nice sneaker for a little higher price point at $105. www.camper.com
Want dressier, more expensive sneakers? Don’t fret, as every luxury line makes a sneaker now.
Here is a perforated one from Prada for $450: www.bergdorfgoodman.com
Burberry takes its classic plaid and puts it on a sneaker for $250. www.saksfifthavenue.com
The minute I saw this sneaker, I guessed the designer. Can you? (It’s Kate Spade). www.bergdorfgoodman.com
And here, my friends, is what a $495 sneaker looks like. This from Gucci is the Canvas Lace-Up Sneaker. www.bergdorfgoodman.com
We will end the shopping on that note. If you see me wearing a $500 pair of sneakers, I want you to take me aside and give me a status check for signs of stroke. The $55 Chucks will do just fine for me, thanks.
And if you need a little inspiration on how to wear them, here was my original inspiration on C Style Blog:
Have a great weekend!