one are the days when sneakers or sports shoes hardly saw the light of day except of course when you were headed to the gym or went on a meticulously-planned hiking trip. But as fashion has evolved over the years in leaps and bounds, the unassuming sneakers has been elevated to a pedestal, with several international designers sending out their couture-clad models on runways, their feet firmly grounded in sports shoes. Celebrities have ditched their tottering heels to go comfy in trainers while international retail brands have joined hands with designers to give an “upgrade” to their already existing range of sports shoes.
Ever since sports luxe made its foray into fashion, there is no denying that a good, stylish pair of sneakers is as indispensable to a basic wardrobe as is a little black dress. The likes of Rihanna, who has made alternate fashion oh-so-cool and even Miley Cyrus who despite all the antics in her personal life, inspires millions of young adults with her style statements, have been frontrunners for this fashion trend. The Bollywood bandwagon led by Katrina Kaif, Priyanka Chopra, Kiran Rao, Jacqueline Fernandez and Sophie Choudry has also been spotted sporting sneakers. An extra point to PC for her borrowed-from-the-boys look that channels part glamour-part cool.
Perhaps the most non-descript item in a woman’s cupboard till few seasons ago, it’s definitely not a cakewalk to dress your look around a pair of good old comfortable sneakers.
To get an easy-breezy day look, team sneakers with bright-coloured dresses. Wanna go edgy? Slip into a slouchy crop top tucked into a pencil skirt. Step into a pair of sneakers and oversized sunnies for a cool appeal.
Painfully pointy heels can take a toll on you during the party season. Combine two frightfully different items — a bodycon dress and a pair of bright-hued sneakers —- and throw on a summery blazer/jacket and you are all set to be the belle of the ball.
What we buy today often depends on the versatility of the product – whether it lends equally to a day and then a night look. For a staple office uniform of a white shirt-black pants combo, replace your work heels with a pair of sneakers, let your shirt hang loose over your rolled up trousers and viola, you are ready to rock.
After all, fashion is all about pushing the envelope and stepping out of your comfort zone.