While we were in Paris last summer, one trend we saw just beginning to take off in Europe was what we are calling “pumped up kicks.” High tops and high fashion combine as designers and retailers develop a variety of stylish sneakers with wedge heels. Of course, the sneaks are on the streets here in the United States now, coming around in the year-later time frame that Europe to America styles so often do. Street Style Spotting: Fit fashionistas sporting sneakers (puns intended). Photo Source.
Why sneakers as a trend? For starters, one of the clearest trends on last spring’s runways was athletic inspired outfits. The time is right now for it to have trickled from runway to ready to wear and down to mass fashion. The recent Summer Olympics definitely helped inspire a worldwide adoption of this hot look. Not to mention these pumped up kicks are incredibly comfortable – a nice break from stilettos or flats with far less support. Below are some of our favorite looks for a retail roundup.
Left to right; top to bottom: 1. Y-3 Multi Aria Lace Up Trainers – $146 2. Isabel Marant Betty Leather and Suede Wedge Sneakers – $665 3. Ash Cool Cobalt Sneaker Wedges – $260 4. N.Y.L.A. Women’s Penthea Fashion Sneaker – $70 5. GREEN Bare Feet Shoes Nature Breeze CHATILLY Two-Tone Sneaker Wedge Booties – $35 6. ASOS DENY Wedge High Top Sneakers – $63 7. Steve Madden Women’s Hilight Fashion Sneaker – $150 8. ASOS DENY Wedge High Top Sneakers – $63
Got any styling suggestions for us on how to wear wedge sneakers? We would love to know!