ACCESSORIES REPORT: Teenage Kicks

Accessories Report

It is almost inevitable that our closets, at some point, held at least one pair of “typical” middle school sneakers. Whether they were Converse, Vans or Etnies, sneakers were “all the rage” in middle school and we could not resist sporting them with every outfit possible. Looking at sneakers like these as a fad of the past, many of us may be hesitant to experiment with sneakers in our modern, everyday wardrobe. While it would be fairly difficult to incorporate the exact pair of our pre-teen sneakers into our current style, a sneaker revolution in the fashion industry has begun. This revolution has brought sneakers of all types—wedges or flat, solid or patterned—into the high fashion world.

I spotted this week’s Fashionista sporting a completely unconventional and insanely fashionable pair of sneakers. Paired with a camouflage patterned sweatshirt and solid black jeans, she amps up her style with some crazy kicks. Putting a twist on the classic slip-on sneaker, her pair of Steve Madden black pony sneakers takes shoes to a whole new level. Not only are these sneakers practical in both design and comfort, but the unique horse hair texture gives the pair of shoes some serious edge.

The best way to sport funky kicks is to make them the centerpiece of a simplistic ensemble. By pairing uniquely patterned or textured sneakers, like these Givenchy lace slip-ons or these Kurt Geiger leopard slip-ons, with a monochromatic or neutral colored outfit, your trendy “sneaks” are at the center of attention!

So, don’t give up on sneakers just yet. Find that perfect fashion-forward pair to wear with your everyday wardrobe and see how easy it is to look stylish in a pair of sneakers!

Spotted: Slip-on sneakers have officially made the transition from sporty to high fashion as seen in the Gryphon fall 2013 ready-to-wear collection.

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