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As it’s (supposed to be) getting warmer outside and I’m ditching all of my boots, I find myself gravitating to sneakers more and more. This isn’t surprising to me – I’ve always loved wearing sneakers. In fact, at one point I owned ten different pairs and actually wore them all. Living in a major city you learn very quickly to embrace comfortable footwear. For some, the challenging part is weaving sneakers into everyday wear without becoming frumpy or style-less. Fortunately, New York City is all about sneaker style, so me reaching for sneaks on days off hasn’t been an issue. Plus, so many companies have come out with the cutest pairs for more than just working out.
As you may recall from my California Outfit Diaries, I lived in my Allbirds and APLs. The Allbirds are a great casual sneaker, and they come in lots of colors. I’ve owned mine for two months and put them in the washing machine about four times. Each time they’ve come out as good as new. My APLs are the most supportive, comfortable sneaker I’ve owned. I have tendonitis in my feet, so a supportive arch is important for me if I’ll be walking long distances or putting too much pressure on my feet. Lately I’ve been wearing my APLs as more than just a casual sneak and to more cardio-based workouts like 305 Fitness and Barry’s Bootcamp.
More casual sneakers:
I also love a good slip-on sneaker. Allbirds makes these too and they have great reviews. I have two pairs: one from Cole Haan and another (newer) pair from Kate Spade. Vans is actually the queen of this look, but they’re too wide for me. Paired with a heavy sweater and ripped jeans (or shorts if it ever stops snowing!), your “Saturday in New York City” look is complete.
More slip-on sneakers:
And of course, who could call themselves a sneaker lover without mentioning Converse? I’ve had mine for years, and they are – without fail – one of my closet staples. Pair Converse with a sundress or jeans, and you’ve transformed your look to casual-cute. They’re my go-to’s for baseball games and activities like that.
And lastly, we cannot forget the meccas of the sneaker world: Adidas and Nike. At the moment, I’ll admit I don’t own either, but have in the past and am never disappointed. My sister swears by her Adidas Ultra Boosts. The amount she talks about them has inspired me to put them on my list. However, I’m such a fan of a traditional black and white Nike sneaker. If I invest in either, they will simply become my actual exercise-and-errands sneakers.
More from Adidas and Nike: