We’ve gotten to a point in women’s podiatric styling where it’s more ‘Real Life: This Is How I Deal With Bunions’ and less ‘Check Out My New Louboutins.’ Can’t we just all band together and admit that they are poorly made and tortuously uncomfortable? Half of the women we see trying them on look like Drizella and Anastasia Tremaine attempting to capitalize on that lonely glass slipper.
Nor is it possible to feel fabulous when you’re doing the baby giraffe because your feet are killing.
Regardless. When the Isabel Marant lifted sneaker took off running two years ago, it never slowed down. This was perhaps due to the fact that women could actually run in them if need be, but also because boy, have we seriously suffered in the name of heeled fashion. Heels are not comfortable. No matter how many times we see Posh pretending to travel in five inch YSL’s (yeah, we have it on good authority that she changes once on the plane, and honestly thank god), there is not a lady amongst the lot that will pretend that pointed pump pinches are enjoyable. Nor is it possible to feel fabulous when you’re doing the baby giraffe because your feet are killing.
When given the opportunity to forgo a dreaded charley horse in our ballerina’s arch, most of us rejoiced with Hallelujahs a helluva lot louder than Rufus Wainwright’s.
As trends do, the sneaker one is evolving. The emergence of the Nike Air Max as a feasible option for ladies like Phoebe Philo (current Creative Director for Céline) and Caroline Newell (Fashion Editor for i-D), who promised to be trolling fashion week in Nike Air Max 90s, solidified a drop back down to earth that we can absolutely get behind. Sneakers in fashion are only becoming more relevant.
Our favorite? The black and white number that goes with the black and white monochrome we are seeing everywhere (and not just on Kim and Kanye). Is it ugly-chic? Maybe, but we’ll take it. Starting April 1, at Nike online you can design your own. –Arianna Schioldager