Whether you like it or not :)
Sneakers are here to stay, despite what Ryan Gosling says to Steve Carell in “Crazy Stupid Love”, in a fantastic lesson on footwear while he’s trying to polish Carell’s style, or better said, total lack of it!
What used to be worn only for sport or by teenagers and Steve Jobs, as Gosling puts it, was not considered to be serious grown-up footwear until not long ago. But over the past years, sneakers have made slowly, but surely, their way out of the sports fields onto the streets and even catwalks of fashion houses such as Balenciaga, Gucci and Prada.
Hand in hand with Athleisure, the sneakers trend started discretely with the slip-on sneakers. Then came the fun platform sneakers and now, the Ugly Sneakers or Dad Sneakers, that both men and women wear with all types of outfits, especially with more polished looks such as feminine dresses or elegant suits, because of course, the more contrast there is, the more wow effect you achieve!
Besides being fashion forward, there's no denying that sneakers are really comfortable. And in today's health-conscious and worried about sustainability age, people tend to leave their cars home and opt instead, for public transportation, bikes and walking, so it is only natural that they want good walking shoes.
Sneakers are everywhere and will continue going strong throughout fall, so you don’t need to be afraid of investing in some excellent dad sneakers. We can assure you that once you put them on, you will never want to take them off, and you’ll be asking yourself what on earth has kept you from doing it sooner!
But as we know it all too well, fashion is cyclic, and the sneakers trend has been around for quite a while now. Aren’t we going to grow tired of kickers at some point?
The natural response to that will be the comeback of elegant and refined shoes, that kind of shoes that you would inherit from your parents, and that would last longer than a lifetime. Some shoemakers are already foreseeing this new trend and are re-inventing the city-shoes, in order to make them more wearable to this generation who basically grew up in sneakers.
The heritage British footwear brand, über-traditional Jonh Lobb, for example, with the Brazilian designer Paula Gerbase as the brand’s artistic director, is working hard to make men and women’s shoes more and more comfortable, softer and lighter, without losing any of their chicness. And as a result of this match made in heaven, we can expect to have the absolute perfect shoes; as elegant and refined as the best British shoemakers can make and at the same time, as comfortable as the massive dad sneakers. Hurray!
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