Truth time: I was never a lover of sneakers. In fact, I downright hated them.
Fresh White Sneakers
Now you may be thinking to yourself: who in their right mind hates sneakers? When I was younger, I had extremely narrow feet; so much so, that finding shoes that fit was a real challenge. In order to get sneakers to stay on my scrawny feet, I had to tie the laces super tight. It constantly felt like my feet were being strangled by the shoes, and I grew to hate them.
Fast forward to my 20s and my feet have “filled out” from their narrow stage, but my opinions on sneakers were harder to shed. So I continued to avoid sneakers, with the exception of my gym shoes. About 2 years ago I finally had a shoe breakthrough; I got myself a pair of Supergas. And I do love them, but they still have to be tied tight to fit correctly. Unfortunately, the Supergas didn’t break my habit of avoiding sneaks.
Then last year, I found the holy grail: The APL Techloom Phantom sneakers. I practically live in them. They are absurdly comfortable, super light, and never need to be tied too tight. So I’ve been wearing sneakers – and loving them – again, but so far I had only ventured to athletic sneakers and hadn’t found a pair that were more fashion than function.
So I started my hunt for a pair of what I’m referring to as “fashion sneakers”. I needed them to be comfortable enough for me to actually want to wear them. But at the same time I wanted them to be stylish enough that they don’t feel like athleisure wear. It honestly took a little bit of time to find exactly what I was looking for.
You would think it wouldn’t be all that difficult: sneakers are super on trend right now. All you need to do is spend 5 minutes on Instagram and you’ll see picture after picture of people styling sneakers in a bunch of different ways. But I seemed to come across A LOT of pairs in trends that weren’t so wearable. Like what’s often referred to as the “grandpa sneaker” – the super chunky type that were made popular by Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton; unfortunately, I found that at 5’3” they made my feet look disproportionately large and my legs look short.
Finally I found the perfect pair. Clean white, simple, but still with the perfect amount of detail; these Fendi sneakers go with so much of my wardrobe. Being white, they’re bright for summer; but because they’re leather, I can also wear them when the weather cools down. I was a bit torn on the velvet laces – but the truth is, it’s just about the easiest thing to change if I decide I’ve had enough of them. Recently, these babies have saved my feet from blisters that summer sandals have a tendency of causing me.
Fendi White Sneakers with Velvet Laces
FeatherBone Adler Embroidered Blouse
Rag & Bone Dre Ankle Jean
Stella McCartney Falabella 3 Chain Tote
Gucci Lightness Square Sunglasses
Photos by Laurel Creative