Heels will always have a place in our hearts and closets, but right now, it’s all about the sneaker. The humble sneaker is undoubtedly the biggest footwear trend of the year and has kicked off a total fashion revolution. Spotted on the feet of everyone, from models and celebrities to bloggers and designers, sneakers are the most popular that they’ve been in years. So, which ones should you pick to wear? Find out here.
Chunky Sport Sneaker Trend
The best way to pull off the look of chunky sports sneakers is to balance them with light, feminine pieces. The contrast of styles will modernise this shoe and bring it from 1986 to 2016. A super chic way to achieve this look is by pairing your sneakers with light cotton and satin pieces, such as the pyjama styles that are currently trending. The elongated and loose silhouettes of these pieces will create a fresh and relaxed style when paired with these chunky sneakers. Just remember to choose cropped pants and midi dresses for a flash of skin that will balance out these heavy shoes. Finally, finish off your look with chunky sports socks, preferably in a contrasting colour, to work this fashion throwback.
High Top Sneaker Trend
When shopping, choose from different varieties of high top sneakers to find the ones that best suit your style. Slim, canvas style high tops, such as the classic Converse shoes give a retro look that is best paired with vintage denim, simple t shirts and high waisted pants. Chunky and padded high tops, on the other hand, have a more hip hop look about them. They look best when paired with modern styles that have a bit of attitude. Still unsure? Try a midi trapeze dress paired with a leather or bomber jacket. Also remember that high top sneakers demand a flash of skin at the bottom of the legs to balance their tall style.
Statement Pop Colour Sneaker Trend
Once you’ve picked your statement sneaker, all that’s left to do is style your outfit. Choose simple and casual pieces of clothing that will keep the attention on your show stopping shoes. Cropped and boyfriend jeans are perfect for achieving this look, as is a simple, pleated midi skirt.
Metallic Sneaker Trend
Like statement sneakers, metallic sneakers easily draw attention with their unique colour and must be styled accordingly. Allow your sneakers to become the focus of your look by pairing them with simple garment styles and classic silhouettes. Choose pieces in neutral colours, such as white, black, beige, grey and navy, as to not clash with the bold metallic hue. To finish off your chic look, add accessories with matching metallic accents, such as jewellery, bag buckles and metallic rimmed sunglasses.
Flatform Sneaker Trend
To pull off the look of flatform sneakers, your styling needs to focus on balance. Choose lightweight styles of dresses and skirts to counteract the tough and bold appearance of these shoes. These garments will soften your overall look and make it appear more fashion than anti fashion. For the same reason, avoid pairing flatform sneakers with jeans, especially boyfriends, as the look will become too tomboyish.
Perfect for every occasion, sneakers are another step forward in the current direction of gender neutral, trans seasonal dressing. Capitalising on this popularity are the footwear giants who are now locked in a sneaker war with each other. From Adidas, Yeezy, and Nike, to Puma, Converse, and Reebok, brands are offering more and more styles.