Contrary to popular belief, sneakers can (and should) belong outside the gym, especially when they’re dripping in designer logos and priced upwards of $500. If you take a peek at StockX, sneaker prices these days can even exceed $10,000 depending on the pair. In this case, I’m referring to the Dior x Nike collaboration for what they’ve dubbed the “Jordan 1 Retro High Dior.” Luxury brands are no strangers to sneakers, and fashion dictates the trend won’t be going anywhere anytime soon. However, it’s understandable to have a few questions when it comes to styling them, and the answers lay in the silhouette. Some work with everything, while others only seem to work on certain occasions. Below we’ll address the matter at hand.
These can occasionally be dubbed the “dad” sneaker, due to their unmatched functionality, but this is said lovingly, as they are widely adored in the fashion community. These can be a very classic New Balance sneaker (believe it or not), or you can opt for Chanel’s take on the “running” shoe (I say in quotation marks, because no one is running in Chanel sneakers) at Nordstrom for a more elevated and luxurious approach. These tend to be worn with a wider-leg or straight leg jean and the perfect t-shirt, or with high-rise trousers to bring a casual touch to a structured pant silhouette.
Low-Top vs. High Top
Think Converse, except nearly every designer within LVMH (and then some) has their own interpretation that exceeds $500. Personally, I opt for a high-top sneaker, and these can be worn with a midi dress, your favorite pair of jeans, or even a suit for the perfect sporty-chic juxtaposition. I am always a fan of a classic pair of Converse, but if you’re wanting to step it up a notch, I’d look for a pair by Comme Des Garçons or the ultra-coveted pair by Dior.
Sneakers with a low profile are the most wearable of the styles. Golden Goose classic sneakers are the perfect example of this kind of silhouette, and are arguably the most popular sneaker in Nashville. These can be worn with straight or wide leg jeans, suiting, denim shorts, dresses (mini, midi, or maxi), or frankly almost anything in your closet. In the EDIT office you can almost guarantee at least one pair present, and most days they’re paired with Lululemon leggings.
Many sneakers can fall under this category, whether it be the chunky sneaker (as pictured), platform sneakers, or something more loud with a color-blocked pattern. When you’re wearing these, it’s likely because you’ve put on an intentionally understated outfit, and would prefer your shoes do the talking. A completely understandable approach to styling a sneaker, and a great way to make any outfit feel a bit more on-the-go.