After seasons faithfully devoted to the one shoe, the sneaker, it seems a new shoe crush is somewhat overdue.
The humble sneaker has respectfully outlasted several seasons and countless trends, it seems regardless of any shift in style, colour palette or silhouette north of the ankle, our trusty kicks are here to stay.So, how do we walk away from a shoe that offers both comfort and versatility?
A style that even Vogue tells us is perfectly acceptable and in most cases preferable to style back everything in our wardrobes from suiting to cocktail dresses.
Kicking our kick addiction is not only a question of how? But also why? Why would we want to move away from footwear that has given us the freedom to jump, hop and skip our way through each day, given us the comfort to work a full 12 hour day and still want to tear up the tiles with our girlfriends until dawn, a style with the power to alter our total beings by alleviating the back pain, foot cramps and toe pinching agony often the result of sky high heels. Why? The answer of course is fashion.
As we all know (and love), fashion is about change, reinvention, new obsessions, a new mood, maybe even a new you each season. Wearing the same style of footwear season in and season out goes against the grain and was bound to grow tiresome to the fast paced fashion set sooner or later. That time is now. Thankfully due to a renewed love with a comfortable classic stepping out of our ‘comfort zone’ is more of a side step rather than a step up to the sky high heights of towering spikes.
The classic ballet flat is fast becoming timely over timeless. Whether teamed back with the ever-alluring ugly jean or back with a mini and bare legs, this season ballet flats are once again on point.
So if you want to kick the kicks without having to sacrifice your comfort, take a cue from these street style stars by embracing the ballet shoe in all its flat, round toed, understated glory.
About the Author:
A Senior Womenswear Buyer, Lecturer, Keynote Speaker and Founder of Style Retailer. Lauren Jones has over 10 years buying experience, working across department store, David Jones and youth sector retailers General Pants co. and Glue Store. Specialising in women’s denim and fashion, Lauren has forged a successful career, consistently driving strong sales and margin result in a rapidly evolving landscape. Drawing on this experience, Lauren created Style Retailer, a fashion consultation business designed to help major retailers and independents alike drive competitive advantage and growth through solid buying practices.
Lauren also uses her vast experience to lecture at Sydney’s FBI Fashion College, teaching both Fashion Buying and Advanced Fashion Buying courses. Lauren is also a regular speaker at the Fashion Exposed seminars in Melbourne and Sydney and a regular contributor to leading fashion publications.
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