Anyone from the UK or other European areas will probably scoff at me for this post and wonder where I’ve been the past few years. BUT I can defend myself, as I have in fact been in the U.S. where we have been vastly unaware of this trend and I hope it’s starting to creep across the ocean because I’m in love. More fashion and trend conscious people have embraced this across the pond, but overall it is severely lacking in the general population of the U.S. and I am petitioning for this to change!
The trend I am talking so highly of is…sneakers! The only place I noticed this popping up in the U.S. was during the summer when I was working in Nordstrom and the extremely fashion conscious male sales associates would rock the occasional Nike Roshe or Adidas with their suits, and some of the women would pull out some sleek Nikes as well. The occasional New Balance 420 would pop up around town as well, but overall the majority of people were sticking to the usual boots and booties. Keeping in mind I was also confined to the West Coast over the summer and over my holiday break in December (specifically Seattle, which has an extremely relaxed vibe). Here in England, the sneaker (or trainers as they’re called here) trend is so in your face it’s impossible to miss. The usual look for girls includes skinny jeans with a chunkier sneaker and an inch of ankle showing. Comfy and cute? I had to try it out.
My clearly loved and well-worn Nikes
Over the summer I had purchased a pair of safe and simple black Nikes to try out the trend tentatively for myself. I loved the slight athleisure vibe sneakers gave off while paired with a fancier top/trousers. I was nervous at first to branch to this style of footwear as many of my friends deeply questioned my reasoning behind this, but I just defended my choice with a smile and a simple “I like them.”
I’ve worn my black Nikes so often throughout the past few months and I knew I was in desperate need of a second pair of sneakers, especially while living here in the UK. I had my eye on a pair of maroon New Balance 420s for the longest time and I truly believed this would be my next purchase. However, one fated day in Urban Outfitters would change this. I had seen many girls rocking Air Max sneakers here, especially in black and navy blue. They seemed comfortable and just the right about of bulky mixed with sleek features. Already having way too many pairs of black shoes, I was going to steer away from the Air Max. But alas, Urban Outfitters happened to be carrying a gorgeous style of Air Max that I couldn’t look away from. They’re soft lavender with some darker tones around the bottom. They have the classic Air Max shape and I fell in love instantly. I couldn’t get them out of my head and after two days of dreaming about them I returned to the store and snatched them up. They’re extremely comfortable and add just the right amount of fun and color to any outfit.
I have caught the sneaker fever and it’s bad. I am still dreaming of the New Balance 420s and maybe during a moment of extreme weakness I’ll head into the city and buy them. Is anyone else loving the sneaker trend? Do I sound crazy to people for thinking this is newsworthy? Let me know your favorite sneakers! I have a strong feeling this trend isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
P.S. Some sneakers I’m loving…