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Make Room for Fashion: Sneakers for Strolling

I’m not much of a sneaker girl. But living in Manhattan I tend to walk a lot, and being a mom in Manhattan I walk even more (it’s easier to walk the extra 10 blocks than fold up and carry a stroller and my son onto the subway or squeeze us into a cab). I’ve been getting by with flats and boots, but sometimes at the end of a long day my feet throb and I think to myself, "I’ve got to give these feet a break, they need to last me a while!"

So despite my hesitation, I’ve been looking into new shoe options. Let’s not call them sneakers because those I reserve exclusively for working out and, worn with anything other than workout gear, they make me look like Frumpy-Mc-Frumpster. Let’s call them comfy, slightly sporty, lace-ups—something that will look good with skinny jeans.

Adidas seem to have the best selection, and I really like the Originals heritage collection. According to the folks at Adidas, neons, metallic and retro styles are super popular right now.

Frye, yes as in Frye boots, surprised me with a very cool studded grey hi-top that would look great with a pair of skinny jeans. I'm also a fan of Pour La Victoire, which offers a couple of fashion forward options, including a leopard and leather hi-top.

But this discussion would not be a real sneakers discussion without mentioning Converse. In September, the brand launched the Converse Missoni Archive Project, where a series of 20 one-of-a-kind sneakers were created using unique deadstock fabrics from the Missoni archive. They are awesome, all featuring the Italian brand’s iconic zig-zag pattern, and they were made in both hi-top and sneaker styles. The downside? They're limited edition and sold exclusively at Colette in Paris for 400 Euros a pair. Hmm. Let’s hope they find a few extra batches of fabric in the basement somewhere.

Originally designed for the 1972 Olympics, this shoe is definitely retro, but now it’s lightweight and new again. Perfect for walking all over town.

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