fresh kicks

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve been drawn to the comfort that dressing like a boy has to offer. It is impossible to do a proper dismount from the bars at recess in a dress and saddle shoes. Impossible. It is very possible in a hoodie, jeans and sneakers. Which was my outfit du jour nearly every day, much to the dismay of my mother.

If it looked like it was for girls, I was not interested. Plain and simple. I’m pretty sure this is what leads me into my obsession with sneakers as an adult.


fashion sneakers


converse, leopard print nikes, addias, isabel marant, nike ID air morgan, nike dunk wedge

A lot of people confess that they don’t know how to wear sneakers and I think it’s silly but could see how it would be hard to figure out amongst all the flats, pumps and booties. When in doubt, I keep the rest of my look feminine or really dressed down. For example, one of my favorite looks is my high tops, dark skinnies and an oversized sweater. I really let the shoes steal the show. But for those not bold enough to venture into the land of printed sneakers leather converse and those adidas are great too!

Pair them with a pair of skinny jeans that are rolled, and a cute striped tee. Or forget being simple, wear them with your favorite button down! The options are endless.

Any more questions, class?


  1. Erika ~TiptoeButterfly~February 5, 2013 at 10:17 am

    i love my chucks! – and i just got the Ash wedges and i LIVE in them!

  2. Janelle @ Two Cups of HappyFebruary 5, 2013 at 10:30 am

    I never thought I’d be wearing sneakers, let alone chunky hi-tops, but my bf has influenced my style – without even knowing it! You mentioned some helpful style tips. I’m a die-hard Adidas fan now, but I spotted those Nike dunk wedges on Pinterest and fell in love. Can I be in love with a sneaker? My secret for finding nice kicks without pink or purple accents (blegh) is to shop in the boys section. Cheaper & more neutral colours. Win-win!

    - I think I need to follow your lead and write a post on this, since I’m so long-winded in the comment. Sorry! :)

  3. ritaFebruary 5, 2013 at 10:36 am

    ha! i’m basically a dude when it comes to clothes as well. matt and i regularly are wearing basically the same thing – - he does not like this!

    i want the leopard print nike’s that sincerely jules has but cannot find them anywhere… also always love sambas but i feel like i should be wearing them with a starter jacket!

    1. KatieFebruary 20, 2013 at 10:18 am

      They are Nike Eclipse II Premium

  4. AlyssaFebruary 5, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Hahaha I love how you referenced the recess bars–I was the same way, SUCH a tomboy on the playground. Now, I love wearing sneaks on the weekend and sometimes to work. I’m debating getting a wedge pair!

  5. M. (Faded M Style)February 5, 2013 at 11:40 am

    My feet are thanking you for the brilliant instruction on sneaker fashion! I usually just commute in sneakers and change but I’m thinking wearing fashionable kicks like above might be the way to go. I love the leopard print nikes! xo

  6. Grace - Stripes & SequinsFebruary 5, 2013 at 11:46 am

    The red ones are so cool!

  7. Heidi {Dooley Noted Style}February 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Love how others can make them look but I feel like a total butch when I wear sneakers – they will be kept at bay for the gymnasium only.

  8. melissaFebruary 5, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I’ve been talking about buying a pair of gold nike dunks for about 5 months now. I should really just get it overwith.

  9. Alex @ ifs ands & buttsFebruary 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    We are kindred spirits. These were my dream kicks circa 2009

  10. CrystalinFebruary 5, 2013 at 12:08 pm

    I was the same was a kid. Such a tomboy… love anything menswear inspired now, but I firmly believe short girls with soccer legs cannot pull off sneakers with skinny jeans lol. I will stick to my Nikes and workout clothes ;)

  11. AlexFebruary 5, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I was JUST looking at those Nike ones. But I wanted to make them tan and purple. I might pull the trigger.

  12. jamie @ green beans & grapefruitFebruary 5, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I just had to mention that I’m having the most eerie moment reading this because as I’m typing, I’m watching a *ahem* VERY hefty Mr. Belding on the Today show. This is too much.

  13. Emily LunstrothFebruary 5, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    I finally got a pair of converse last year in white and love them but secretly want high tops!

  14. LaurenFebruary 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

    I just sent those red/animal print ones to my best friends in our email chain on friday – they are so sick! I also love the green ones but not sure i can do the wedge sneaker.

  15. madeleineFebruary 5, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I was all over the playground with my twin brother but loved dresses so my mom bought shorts for under all my dresses. I just bought white converses, here’s hoping I can pull them off!

  16. AlexaFebruary 5, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    Dude. I totally think you can still look chic in sneakers!

  17. Gaby [The Vault Files]February 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I love my chucks! ;)

  18. DenaFebruary 6, 2013 at 10:56 am

    I love sneakers. I wore sneakers to prom (yes, the dress was floor length but I ran around holding it up so everyone could see my dope gold pumas) – you are my soulmate xo

  19. EmilyFebruary 6, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I think you and I are soul twinsies. I did a post like this about Converse sneakers a while back. LOVE me some pumped up kicks. ;)

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