Every day I take my dog on three walks. One in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one right before bed. Before Covid-19 times, the only other frequent walkers in the neighborhood were fellow dog owners. This makes sense because before I rescued my dog, Gus, I rarely took a stroll around the neighborhood just because. BUT THAT WAS BEFORE. Now, I rarely step outside without seeing at least 10 people out and about. There’s usually a couple walking around, a family of 5 either taking a stroll, riding bikes, or simply hanging out outside. It’s actually wonderful and makes me feel more apart of my community than ever before. I suddenly have this shared experience with everyone around me and even though we might be strangers, we have this knowledge that we are going through the same exact thing. It’s quite heartwarming in the most morbid way. Whew, 2020 is bizarre/scary.
I think people are walking more and generally just trying to get out of the house, so cute but comfy sneakers are a hot commodity. I’ve been a fan of the comfortable/practical but stylish sneakers for a while now and it is actually quite hard for me to wear any other shoe other than my Nike Cortez’s or Daybreaks (I’ll put it this way, my boots and mules have not seen the light of day in months). So, I rounded up the EHD team and asked them to share their go-to sneakers. I hope if you’ve been searching for a post like this that you will finally find the sneakers for you. I also hope you will share your favorites below so I can expand my collection:) But first, here are the ones we love:
From Emily: Slip-on Vans: Obviously these are classic, but make any boring outfit look intentionally casual and cool (not ANY, but you get the idea). I throw these on 3 times a day and the more they are worn they better they are.
From Emily: Vince Sneakers: Now if I want to get “fancier” with a bit of a lift, these Vince are still awesome and not heavy, but I guess I just like how they edge up the basics. They are kinda splurgy though and I’m sure there are good, more affordable options out there.
From Emily: Nike Wildhorse 6: I LOVE these. We do far more hiking and running along trails than I ever thought I would do. So it felt time to invest in some that have great grip but are lightweight (not hiking boots). I love these colors and feel like a real athlete when I wear them. Brian has them in black, too.
From Ryann: Nike Classic Cortez Sneakers: I never knew I was a sneaker person until these entered my life. My boyfriend Rocky insisted they would be a great addition to my wardrobe but I sort of didn’t believe him (which was silly, because he has great taste). Shortly after I got them I started wearing them almost every day and now they are a huge staple in my wardrobe. I love wearing these with vintage Levi’s and a plain white tee with dainty gold jewelry. Oh, and they are really comfortable and have great arch support.
From Ryann: Nike Daybreak Sneakers: These are my favorite shoes that I own. I love the colors (I have the yellow, tan suede, and red combo) and they go with so many outfits. They are way more versatile than you’d think and unbelievably comfortable. The rubber outsole gives a little bounce so whenever I am wearing them I am tempted to just start running around. I truly cannot recommend them enough.
From Mallory: Charlton Sneaker: So Nordstrom has been having some hot sales the last few months, so I bought a pair of these Topshop sneakers back in February (the exact ones I got are out of stock) and I’ve been wearing them ALL THE TIME. I’ve been eyeballing these for a few weeks now too and I think they’re super cute, fashionable, and go with everything so I’m planning to order. Plus they’re trendy but aren’t as big and clunky as dad shoes (TBT to the ones I wore in this post)…10/10 recommend. The Topshop shoes, not the dad shoes:)
From Mallory: Platform Trace: I bought these sneakers a few years ago and they were stolen out of the trunk of my car. They were probably stolen because they were THAT GOOD you guys. I originally had them in like a suede pink and then replaced them with this suede green. The moral of the story is 1. Lock your car 2. Platform suede tennies are the jam (and clearly everyone thinks so) and 3. These are $30 but were originally $90 so hit that hot deal!!
From Sara: Slip on Platform: These are my favorite sneakers! The platform makes them look just a little edgy and cool, but they’re just as comfortable and easy to wear as the originals. I wear them with literally everything.
So those are our tried and trues but here are some more that we really love the look of.
1. Veja Suede Olive Black Rust Sole | 2. Stan Smith Shoes | 3. UA Vans Classic Slip-On | 4. Mark Cox Tennis Sneakers | 5. Gradient Sneakers | 6. V-10 Sneaker | 7. Air Force 1 | 8. Attica Trainer | 9. Gills Platform Slip-On Sneaker | 10. Reese Printed Sneakers | 11. Leather Nautico Sneakers | 12. Black Solid Sneaker | 13. Old Skool Sneaker | 14. The Court Sneaker | 15. Nike Cortez ’72 Shoedog Q (Swoosh)
Okay, that is all from us. Have you been opting for cute but comfortable shoes lately? And if so, what are your favorites?? Tell me everything. xx