No longer the preserve of athletes and gym bunnies, performance sneakers have become the footwear of choice amongst the fashionable set. These bouncy rubber-soled shoes have replaced oxfords and are being paired with everything from jeans to biker jackets to nifty suits for off-duty-but-not, exuberant looks.
While designers like Raf Simons (who collaborated with Asics) and Valentino sent sharp tailored looks styled with sneakers down their S/S 2013 runway shows, I chalk the sneaker craze to the growing penchant of streetwear. This trend has been brewing on the streets for a couple of seasons now. The latest round of menswear fashion weeks saw legions of men in impeccable suits and performance sneakers. Influential street style stars followed suit.
Style embodiments aside, the trend of pairing sneakers with just about any fashionable outfit is essentially about function. Sneakers are likely to be more comfortable than a pair of patent leather oxfords. Plain and simple. So, when it comes to running around town, dancing all night or simply hanging out, the union of fashion and function is welcome sight.
Put down the shoe polish brush and join the movement.
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