STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Not-So-Average Sneakers

You don’t have to be Carrie Bradshaw and take out a loan in order to afford a pair of stiletto Manolo Blahniks, but everyone does deserve to own a pair of shoes that will remain a staple in their closet for years to come. For me, it’s a pair of Frye Biker Boots. For others, it’s a pair of Birkenstocks or checkered Vans. No matter the style, the truth remains: shoes can make or break an outfit.

While it might not be the time to whip out those sandals you bought on sale all the way back in October, there are other (and affordable) alternatives to choose from this spring. Sneakers have become a go-to for me when I’m running late for class or on those days when bulky boots are too confining. Furthermore, thanks to recent releases by the likes of Kanye West (check out his collaboration with adidas on the Yeezy Boost) and upgrades to classic brands such as Converse, the sneaker is making a comeback both in high fashion and street style.

So why is it that everyone should own a pair? First of all, sneakers are unbelievably versatile in terms of style and comfort. And no, I’m not talking about those Sketchers you wore as a kid. Couple a pair, such as these Nikes, with dark denim or leggings and a solid tee to create a casual look that doesn’t scream, “I just ran out of the door.” As demonstrated by this Fashionisto, sneakers are also capable of being dressed up. The peacoat creates a dressier appearance while he keeps it casual in a pair of dark-wash chinos and Comme des Garçons PLAY x Converse high-tops, the perfect medium for a low-key day in the city.

What is your STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK? “Style is an extension of your personality. I like to mix traditional go to men’s wear with far fetched fashion pieces or collaboration items. My fashion philosophy is to wear classical standards with rare collaborations such as Converse x Commes des Garçons. I find it most important to pay attention to the details in my garments, specifically leather trimmings and zipper details. My advice to those who seek to try something new or risk a little is to go for it! You’re judgement is most important and if you like it then rock it.”