Somewhere from March 2020 to now, the biggest trend became athleisure — spanning everything from co-ord sets and yoga mats to socks and sneakers. If you haven’t gotten around to updating the latter half of your closet, you’re not too late. The stylish sneakers trend is primed for giving your fitness look a major boost — and luckily, there are options at every price point. We spoke with Regina Popp, Senior Director of Fashion & Trends at DSW about the chicest, most practical sneakers to invest in now and wear for years to come.
“Gone are the days of sweating it out in unflattering old leggings and a baggy T-shirt,” says Popp in an interview with MollySims.com. For those who are ready to upgrade their sport-leisure look for spring, she suggests focusing on footwear. “With so many elevated sneaker looks, there’s no need to sacrifice style to be sport-ready. Pair with a vintage tennis skirt, retro tracksuit, or play with pops of color to turn heads, whether it’s on the court or on the street!”
“Classic and comfortable, these iconic sneakers are the perfect complement for the comeback of the vintage tennis skirt,” says Popp. Looking for further styling tips? “Drape a cardigan over your shoulders and XL sunnies and voila — it’s Serena Williams meets Jackie-O,” she adds.
For those who love a good ‘80s throwback trend, Reebok’s Freestyle Low sneakers are slated to be your new favorite. “Heritage styling is back big-time, and this shoe exemplifies the trend with a gum-sole, logo design, and feminine silhouette,” says Popp.
New Balance’s 990 v5’s are currently stationed in every It-girl’s closet — making the NB 311 an option that’s just unique enough, while still being totally on-trend. “The 311 in this grey-turquoise combo is the perfect pairing with your retro tracksuit for brunch after hitting the gym,” says Popp.
“Nothing is more timeless than the interlocking GG’s,” Popp shares. The Italian fashion house’s sneakers have become a cult favorite for their chicness and their practicality. As for coordinating the New Aces with an outfit, Popp suggests pairing them “with a pleated tennis skirt for top styling marks, on and off the court.”
Slip-ons are sensible, hands-free shoes that you’ll use for errands, exercise, and everything in between. Thousand Fell’s pair is made sustainably from aloe vera, recycled bottles, sugar cane and coconut husk, offering a silhouette that performs and protects the planet. Aka, a total win-win.