Shoes. Simple right? Just a piece of material that secures your foot with a sole that ensures your feet don’t get dirty or hurt by the ground. As simple as they seem, shoes are something that can really make or break an outfit. Whether you prefer to dress up or dress down on a daily basis, it’s crucial to own a good pair of sneakers, comfy slip-on mules and athletic shoes.
Air Force 1s have really become a staple in a lot of men and women’s closets recently. The simple all-white sneaker can put an edge on some outfits, but at the same time pair perfectly with a summer dress or skirt. The shoes retail for about $90, but the internet has discovered a hack to help your wallet: find the youth boys’ size equivalent to your own size. For example, if you are normally a size 8/5-9 in women’s sneakers, a 7 in youth boys sizes is the exact same. There’s no shame in saving a few dollars by shopping in the kids department.
A lot of people have found Instagram influencers and fashion sites that will showcase this average looking sneaker and transform it into a unique shoe. For example, Instagram user @onetwelves offers custom and handmade sneakers using well known designs from fashion houses like Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Leah Kirsch also has an Instagram account where she customizes these shoes with song lyrics and quotes around the sneaker.
Steve Madden released a mule that is the perfect dupe of the highly coveted Gucci mules. Not only are mules sleek and comfortable, but much like the Air Force 1s, you can dress them up or down. They are perfect for a business casual outfit, paired with tapered pants and a cute blouse. Mules also look great with a pair of ripped boyfriend jeans and a white tucked T-shirt for a simple daytime look.
The Gucci mule retails for $995 with fur or $695 without the fur. The Steve Madden look-a-like retails for only $60!
It’s so important to own a great pair of athletic shoes, and the APL running shoe has been all the buzz lately. Lululemon has taken the brand under its reigns and brought popularity to their classic running shoe. APL, short for Athletic Propulsion Lab, creates sneakers that are meant for the gym. These sneakers will make you look and feel your best, whether you choose to wear them on a run, a hike or a walk around town. The lightweight shoe makes it easy for you to exercise without feeling like you are being weighed down. As APL puts it, these sneakers are, “the intersection of performance and luxury.” With many different styles and colors, you can add a pop to your workout fit, or stay neutral with their beiges, blacks and whites.
Although APL is most well-known for their collaboration with Lululemon, they can also be found on sites such as Amazon, Zappos, ShopBop and Nordstrom. APL running sneakers retail for about $165, and although they’re on the pricier side, they are durable and long-lasting.