Cool Running

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When it comes to looking good while working out, there has never been a better time to be a runner. Whether you’re looking for a little inspiration to help you go that extra mile, or your workout gear is how you like to show off your personality at the gym, we love how exercise has become an opportunity to make a fashion statement. And it turns out – among all the options – your kicks are how to really show off some style.

Check out some of our favorites for all of your running and post-run (aka “athleisure”) looks. Have a favorite pair you’re loving these days? Show off your kicks with us on Instagram @shoebuydotcom with #myshoebuy and we’ll pick a few to share.

Getting Technical

These running shoes are designed to help you get through your run, and they’ll also ensure you look great while doing it.

 

Run-Inspired for Real Life

Beyond your run, your preference may be your running shoes, but you know that you should give them (and your feet) a break. Try lacing on or sliding into one of these for a change that will still show off your runner’s style.

Get the Look for Less

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Drooling over designer shoes but can’t drop your whole paycheck (or more) on a pair for the season? We’ve got you covered. We’ve scoured the web for some of this season’s trendiest high-end styles and found some awesome pairs on our site that will help you get the looks for less.

 

Fun Fringe The Aquazzura Wild Thing Sandals have been worn by street style stars and bloggers alike. They may have a massive cult following, but $785 is hard to swallow. This Steve Madden pair has the suede, the color, the tassels, and is less than 1/4th of the cost at $129.95.    

White Hot

With the athleisure trend as popular as ever – and spring finally here – minimalism reigns supreme. Many designers this year have created their own version of the white slip-on sneaker. Junya Watanabe’s take on the closet staple is crocodile-embossed and clocks in at almost $300. The Keds Champion Slip On in leather conveys elevated style without breaking the bank at $49.95.

Flat Footed Flatforms are major this season. They give you a little height without teetering on skinny heels. The Givenchy Rachel Slingback combines this trend with a classic spring favorite: the espadrille. While this spring sandal will cost you $850, the Naturalizer Praline is $59.99 and has rave reviews about comfort and fit.  

Slip on Style

Flatform + espadrille + slip-on = the perfect everyday spring shoe. If you like the slip-on sneaker look but don’t want to commit to something quite so athletic, this is the shoe for you. The Jimmy Choo Dawn Espadrille comes to $450. This Steve Madden style is $78.95, and will take you all the way through summer.

Gladiators A pair of great gladiator sandals will take you from music festival to dinner downtown. They bring a fun, laid-back vibe to any outfit. The Stuart Weitzman Romanflat Ghillie Sandal is fantastic, but comes in with a price tag of $445. The Gibson Gladiator Sandal from Circus by Sam Edelman is only $89.95, and has a zipper closure at the heel — easy to throw on and go!  

City Sandals

An elevated version of the gladiator with a block heel and lace-up detailing, the Loeffler Randall Luz Lace-up Sandal is almost $400. The Dolce Vita Lyndon Cage Sandal is less than half the price, and just as chic.

Sweet Suede This classic ankle strap sandal gets an update for 2016 with a suede finish and a block heel. A nude color is chic and versatile. The NearlyNude Ankle Strap Sandal from Stuart Weitzman is $398. The Steve Madden Carrson Ankle Strap Sandal is only $89.95, and is equally elegant.  

Modern Mules

Mules are one of the biggest shoe trends this spring with both flat and heeled varieties seen all over the SS16 shows. From Gucci to Balenciaga, these are the “it” shoes and a black leather pair will keep your outfit grounded and sleek. The Givenchy Edgy Line Low Leather Cylinder-Heel Booties hit the trend perfectly, but it will cost you. $895 is the runway price. The Bella Vita Savona Peep Toe Shootie provides the luxe leather look and comfort. At $99.95, you may want to snag more than one color.

Sleek Slides Slide sandals are the new flip flops. A minimal pair will add polish and streamline your look. This striped pair from Ancient Greek Sandals comes to $280. The Franco Sarto Quentin Sandal, where it lacks in stripes, makes up in discount. At $58.95, you can afford to take the risk with clean white sandals.  

Groundbreaking Florals

These athletic-inspired sandals are more than just your average shower shoes. As a result of the ever-popular normcore trend, rubber slides are popping up everywhere. This Gucci pair is $280. If you’re looking for a pair to lounge in, take to the beach, or walk around in all day, expect a lot of wear and tear. This pair from Adidas is $34.95, so you could even buy a backup!

Perforated Leather

If you’re looking for a sporty athleisure feel, while maintaining the elegance of a heel, look no further. A heeled sandal with perforated detail is both innovative and fun. Monique Lhullier’s Peyton Lucite-Wedge Slingback Sandals pack a punch… and a hefty price tag at $795. The Clarks Pastina Malory Quarter Strap Sandal is $73.95. With comfort at its core and a perfect platform, these block heeled beauties will make your feet (and your wallet) happy.

 

These styles will give you the spring refresh you need without emptying your savings account. Which look is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Image credits:

Altuzarra, Junya Watanabe, Givenchy, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, Loeffler Randall, Stuart Weitzman, Givenchy, Ancient Greek, Gucci, Monique Lhullier

Spotlight: Fashion Sneakers

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The athleisure trend has been catching steam in recent years, and this spring it’s stronger than ever. One of the biggest (and easiest) parts of this trend to adopt is sneakers. However, there are so many types of fashion sneakers that it can get overwhelming. We’ve narrowed it down for you and picked some of our favorite styles.

 

Slip-ons are a great starting point for fashion sneakers, especially if you don’t usually wear running shoes outside of the gym. They don’t have the typical athletic feel: no laces, smooth soles etc., but they have better traction than your standard work flats. These pair well with pants and dresses alike, and add a structured element to any outfit.

 

Classic canvas sneakers are a staple in everyone’s wardrobe. In fact, you probably had some growing up. Brands like Vans and Superga are typically the first that come to mind when we think of canvas shoes. Their instantly recognizable styles are the perfect where-with-everything shoe that work for spring and summer. Go for something bolder like this striped Merrell canvas/leather sneaker. You’ll get the same comfort and ease, but with a luxe twist.

 

Fashion bloggers everywhere turn to retro sneaker styles to wear with everything. From jeans to skirts to dress pants and more. Try a crisp white pair for a minimalist look, or take a modern approach to the retro trend with pink and grey. These New Balance WL555s come in a variety of colors that will look cool with an open coat now, and with shorts and a t-shirt later.

 

For the inner sk8r girl in all of us. High-tops give off a slightly edgier vibe, but can still be clean-cut. They are also great for the chillier weather, because they cover just a few more inches of the ankle. For an unexpected look, wear these with more feminine pieces, like a skirt and sweater.

 

 

Come spring, when everything is fresh and new again, clean preppy sneakers just feel right. A bright white pair fits the bill, with minimal details and a simple shape. Look for leather, suede, or even canvas to achieve this look. Neutral or muted colors make this trend polished, and bring sophistication to your wardrobe.

 

White soles are appearing everywhere this year. Dress shoes, sandals, and sneakers have all adopted this striking stripe. Even with more relaxed sneakers, the white sole adds a sportier feel and is perfect for the athleisure trend. The white sole also brightens up the shoe, making an otherwise dark colored shoe feel more appropriate for spring.

 

Every sneaker addict knows that high-tops are essential. With street style becoming ever more popular, every shoe brand now has their own version of this casual option. Try a pair with luxe leather detailing to elevate your go-to jeans and tee ensemble.  This pair of converse is lined with shearling, so it’s perfect for the chilly transitional weather between winter and spring.

 

Throwback sneakers are a huge part of the sneaker trend. Whether you choose a style that actually originated years ago, or a modern shoe that was inspired by the older version,  with today’s clothes they feel fresh. Suede details and muted colors feel very 70’s, while white with primary colors feel 80’s. Pick your decade, and have fun with it!

Whatever your style, we have the stylish sneakers to up your outfit game. This spring, fashion is comfortable.