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How to Wear Tricked-Out Sneakers, a Street-Style Guide

Sneakers were front and center during Spring 2016 Fashion Week

If there’s one trend that’s been ubiquitous in recent Fashion Weeks, it’s the play for comfy footwear. Both on the runway (ACNE Studios, MSGM, Moncler, Markus Lupfer, Tommy Hilfiger, rag & bone, Adam Selman and others) and running between shows, cushy-soled sneakers have been spotted on some of the most stylish folks in the fashion business.

We rounded up the snazziest sneaks as seen on street-style stars at the last two Fashion Weeks to establish the latest in the sporty shoes and how to wear them. From fur accents to platform silhouettes to girly embellishments, rubber soles offer many ways to go.

Embellished Slip-Ons

Pink embellished sneakers

Bows and crystals were some of the most popular ways to prettify the classic slip-on sneaker during Fashion Week. We like them paired with skirts and as a comfy alternative to ballet flats. The chunkier sole and athletic shape add a strong element to a flirty look. Perhaps for this reason, a blushing pink seemed to be the color choice on the feet of the street-style elite.

Pink slip-on sneakers during Spring 2016 Fashion Week

Shop our picks:

Miu Miu jeweled cap toe sneaker | Dolce&Gabbana crystal embellished sneaker | Fendi Fflynn slip-on sneaker

Black High Tops

Embellished high tops at Fashion Week F/W 2015
The masculine and chunky silhouette of a black high-top sneaker pairs best with skinny jeans or a long skirt—or both. Keep your bottom half neat and find a fun feminine way to lighten the heaviness of the dark soles like a sheer skirt or a silk scarf or pretty hosiery.

Black high top sneakers

Shop our picks:

Balenciaga Trainer high top sneaker | Giuseppe Zanotti high top sneaker | 3.1 Phillip Lim Morgan high top sneaker

 

Fur Accents

Fur sneakers at Fashion Week

Little tufts seem to be popping up on every kind of accessory in recent months, and shoes are no exception. A soft flourish of fur adds a bit of whimsy and luxury to your sneaks. This fall we saw the trend adopted by some of street-style’s most adventurous dressers. Dresses seemed to be the preferred outfit for pairing with the coolest look in fuzzy footwear.

Shop our picks:

Fendi Karlito high top sneaker | Moncler Lucie sneaker | Fendi Fflynn low top sneaker

Graphic Nature

Graphic striped slip-on sneakers at Fashion Week

We’ve been detecting a pattern on all continents hosting Fashion Weeks: bold sneakers are the favored mode of transportation. With dresses or jeans, a funky print can add just the right amount of flair to make a basic outfit pop. Trend trackers across the globe were donning dots, stripes, gingham and floral on their feet. The trick is to be OK with busy, to try power clashing (plaids with stripes, dots with paisley) and to just have fun.

Graphic sneakers at Fashion Week

Shop our picks:

Givenchy star print skate sneaker | Fendi Ffast print sneaker | Jimmy Choo Bells lace-up sneaker

Shoe Shine

Metallic sneakers at Fashion Week

Add some polish to your feet by picking up a shiny sneaker. Without a doubt, a glossy pair of kicks was one of the most fun footwear selections on the Fashion Week streets. The beauty of a metallic shoe is that it can go with just about everything. Plus the silver, gold or pewter colors immediately dress up jeans, shorts or skirts while padding your peds.

Shop our picks:

ACNE Studios Adriana metallic sneaker | Miu Miu crystal cap toe sneaker | Tod’s fringe loafer sneaker

High Stepping

Platform sneakers at Fashion Week

Even ladies who feel like they need a lift can slip into the new sneakers. Cool platform styles offer the height of a heel but with comfort. Wear them with leather pants or tights and a skirt. Black or another neutral color help add to the lengthening effect of the shoe.

Platform sneakers at Fashion Week

Shop our picks:

Stella McCartney platform oxford  | Miu Miu metal cap toe platform sneaker | Miu Miu Astro platform sneaker

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—Britt Olson