With New York Fashion Week on the horizon, we suspect that editors, bloggers, and trend forecasters alike are beginning to mentally pack a FROW-appropriate wardrobe. But when it comes to choosing the right footwear for a week of walking, running, and taxi-hailing, the task isn’t the easiest one. Cue: the ultimate “fashion girl” sneakers.
As practical as they are pretty, sneakers have fast become the shoe of Fashion Week, replacing sky-high platforms and pencil-thin heels that just don’t mix well with the cobbled streets of Paris nor the wet pavements of London. In anticipation of fashion’s favorite event, Savoir Flair has rounded up the seven sneaker styles that are most coveted by fashion girls the world over – and for good reason. Shop them and shelve the style-versus-comfort dilemma forever.
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand ‘Superstar’
The ‘Superstar’ has been a firm favorite amongst street-style stars for several seasons now, becoming the go-to choice for those who favor a luxury brand that doesn’t look too polished. Its signature distressed finish gives the nostalgic appeal of tennis shoes that you’ve worn and loved for years, even when they’re fresh out the box. The best part? They come in metallic, glittered, and patterned colorways in addition to classic white.
Nike Classic ‘Cortez’
“Run, Forrest, run!” This retro Nike trainer shot to fame when worn by Tom Hanks’ character in Forrest Gump, but today, it’s made popular by the who’s who of the fashion world. We’re not quite sure whether it’s a love for all things throwback or the way its blue and red accents go with everything, but we’re predicting it to be a firm favorite for seasons to come.
Puma ‘Suede Classic’
Originally designed as a basketball shoe, the ‘Suede Classic’ (or “Clyde” as it’s known to sneakerheads) was a wardrobe cornerstone for hip hop legends and B-Boys of the late 1980s. Now, it serves as the perfect sneaker to juxtapose with everything from pleated skirts to tailored pants. It’s always seen in an array of colors across the four Fashion Weeks, but our favorite will always be everlastingly chic black version.
Vans ‘Old Skool’
Debuting in 1977, the ‘Old Skool’ sneaker was the purveyor of Vans’ signature side stripe. By the 80s and 90s, the now-iconic shoe was predominantly loved by teenage boys lurking around skate parks. Fast-forward to 2017, however, and the low-top trainer has claimed a well-earned space in the shoedrobe of every street-style star and fashion-savvy celebrity.
Common Projects ‘Original Achilles’
After its launch in 2004, Common Projects began to pop up in street-style snaps increasingly over the years, especially in the aesthetically perfect city of Copenhagen. Topping the list for women who favor simple lines and clean cuts, the ‘Achilles’ sneaker is a favorite for its monochrome leather upper and sole. The shoe is finished with ten gold numbers that represent the article number, size, and color. You can count this one as your ongoing “cult favorite”.
Adidas Originals ‘EQT’
First the ‘Stan Smith’, then the ‘Superstar’, followed shortly by the ‘Gazelle’ – season upon season, we see a new adidas Originals shoe take center stage at Fashion Week. But now, there’s a new style on the block: the ‘EQT’. With its story beginning in the early 90s, the ‘Equipment’ (or EQT) line and its “everything that is essential, nothing that is not” ethos was designed to stop keeping up with fashion trends and focus on performance and protection instead. Ironically, today the ‘EQT’ is the most coveted sneaker, becoming the definitive choice of footwear for both comfort and cool-girl recognition. With new colorways being released for Fall/Winter 2017, the ‘EQT’ is being dubbed the newest icon to add to your Originals collection.
Converse ‘Chuck Taylor All Star’
The classic to top all classics. At some point in their lives, everyone from your mother and father to your siblings and friends have all probably worn ‘Chuck Taylor All Star’ sneakers until they’ve fallen apart. And for fashion editors, designers, and buyers alike, this is the ultimate one-sneaker-does-all. Working as well with miniskirts as they do with ripped jeans, a pair of this trusty style is key for your Fashion Week wardrobe.