Praise the style gods – the sneaker trend is going strong (in all its comfy glory). Haven’t tried the look yet?Rue La La Stylist Caroline M. is giving you four types to test out – and showing you how to style each.
Reebok is tapping into the sweet nostalgia of the 90s. Today, the Boston-based brand will release their latest line of inflatable sneakers.
These new running kicks, dubbed the ZPump Fusion, borrow the air-bladder design of decades past. Meaning, they mold to the shape of your foot when inflated. Pretty cool, right? If history repeats itself, this one should be a slam dunk for Reebok.
By Jillian Hudon, Staff Writer
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Sneakerhead (noun): a person who collects, trades, or admires sneakers as a form of hobby. Not quite a sneakerhead but still appreciate a good-looking shoe? Enter the Air Jordan Spizike. The world was first introduced to the sneaker, designed to commemorate the friendship between Michael Jordan and Spike Lee, in 2006. Over the years, the Spizike has seen its fair share of design changes and colorway introductions. And now, thanks to NikeiD, sneakerheads and regular folk alike can customize their Jordan Spizike iD sneakers from top to bottom, creating a look that’s entirely their own.
According to the Nike Launch Calendar, the newest Jordan Spizike is available in a variety of exclusive materials and colors, including denim. Choose from regular denim or an 80s-inspired black or midnight-navy acid wash, add a glow-in-the-dark outsole, and top off the look with bold laces if you so desire. And at $210 a pop, it’s a small price to pay for a piece of sneaker history.
For the ideal laid-back look, pair your custom Spizikes with a solid tee, cashmere cardigan, and narrow-leg denim (need a new set? Check out our Denim Fit Guide).
For pristine sneaks: You tried the normcore trend and now you have white canvas sneakers to keep clean. Common sense might suggest throwing them in the wash, but don’t – it leads to yellow-tinged rubber.
The white sneaker has graduated from grade school. According to the New York Times, these classic kicks were a recurring trend at this month’s men’s fashion weeks, all the way from the models’ feet down to the front-row audience.
But unlike grade school? These are white leather, not canvas. And they’re a whole lot more versatile. In Milan, Giorgio Armani’s menswear collection, “Echoes of Armani,” showed them with classic, tailored suits. Also, Gucci’s collection paired white sneakers with every color, pattern, and type of suit. London’s Alexander McQueen put a modern twist on this happening trend with printed graphic suits, combining British tailoring with an urban approach.
Off the runways? The white sneaker adds a more finished and tailored look than your everyday running sneaker. Josh Peskowitz, the men’s fashion director at Bloomingdale’s, claims he’s “been wearing them a lot more than expected.” He rocks them with formal suits and everyday outfits, on both sunny and rainy days. Jian DeLeon, the deputy style editor at Complex, even went so far as to pair a plaid suit with white sneakers out to the ballet (how bold).
Feel free to wear them with (almost) anything in your closet, from casual Friday to lazy Sunday. But for how long? I guess we’ll just have to wait and see if white is here to stay.
1. Resort-Hopper: Espadrilles are the go-to vacation shoe. When you slip on a pair with your flowing maxi dress, you’re projecting your passion for jet-setting. You’ve always got that next trip on the calendar.
2. On-the-Go: Comfy shoes are a must for multitasking types who never stop moving. You’re ready to break into the chicest of sprints (even while wearing cuffed jeans and a crisp tee) at a moment’s notice. But only if necessary.
3. Boho: You’re a free spirit who’s always aiming to get back to nature in any way possible. Barefoot would be your preferred mode, but flat, strappy sandals make for a more-than-adequate compromise when you’re wearing your peasant top and denim cutoffs.
4. Femme Fatale: You’re aware of your charms and always step out in heightening, stem-lengthening, curve-enhancing heels. Those skinny jeans, pencil skirts, and party dresses just wouldn’t be complete without them. You’re a heartbreaker – and everyone knows it.
Know a high schooler who loves themselves some Vans? And who also just so happens to be super passionate about art? Then send this one along, because it’ll be right up their alley.
The maker of everyone’s favorite canvas sneaker (and checkered slip-on, too) is back with its national art competition, Vans Custom Culture, which gives high school students the chance to harness their creative sides – while having some fun with it.
The competition works like this: Registered high schools are sent four different styles of Vans – or, palettes, if you will – for its students to customize in line with one of four themes. Students then submit photos of their designs (Instagrams welcome) to the competition website for all the world to see and for Vans staffers to review. The top five schools’ teams are flown out to New York for the final judging, and the winner receives $50,000 toward their school’s art program.
Naturally, this four-years-strong competition stretches far past the glory of having the coolest shoes in the nation. Vans’ aim is to bring the spotlight back onto high school art programs – an academic focus that, as we all know too well, sees less and less budget love as the years go on.
We’ll leave you with this FYI – the competition’s registration deadline is February 11. Meaning? There’s still more than enough time for your favorite high school to get involved.
By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer
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You’ve heard it before – new year, new fitness regimen. But before you hightail it to the treadmill, make sure you’re outfitted with kicks that fit with help from these quick tips.
Learn Your Foot Type. The best way to discover whether you have flat or high arches (or lie somewhere in between)? The wet test. Pour a layer of water onto a cookie sheet, step into the water with a bare foot, then step onto a piece of heavy paper. Decode your results and peep the full how-to here.
High arches. This means you likely roll your feet out, or underpronate, when you run. Look for running sneakers that offer cushioning or flexibility.