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In praise of the slip-on sneaker

www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Slip-on sneakers are a stylish and comfortable shoe available at every price point an in a wide variety of colors.

The slip-on sneaker is my new favorite shoe right now when I want to feel a little more hip/casual. Which sounds pretty much the opposite of hip (21-year-old me would be dying of mortification). ANYWAY.  When you’re a little bit Fancy/Dressy but a little bit Sporty Spice, sometimes you want to slum it a bit in sneakers without going full on Activewear™ or hipster in Toms. I’ve never been one to wear sneakers unless I was, ahem, actually exercising (#rare) but I can appreciate that American style is totally having a moment with all things athleisure.

So. When you want something in between a ballet flat and a New Balance athletic shoe, enter the slip-on sneaker. This is a fantastic trend because you can find it at practically every price point, which is ideal for those of you who are budget conscious or for the commitment-phobic (aka, Fashion ADD).

I own a couple of pairs: the Vince Blair slip-on sneakers in grey perforated leather, and a pair of Keds Champion slip-ons from several years ago. The Vince slip ons are as comfy as they get and a great quality shoe, with plenty of support and a smooth interior. I wore these all over Vegas (although I did have an issue w/ blisters after one particularly long day of wandering). The Keds are great, but I will say that they turned out to be kinda stinky after the first year. However, at such a low price point these can be worn hard and then used only for, say, gardening or somesuch.

For spring, I’m especially fond of anything pale pink, perforated, or with a nod to espadrilles (woven sole, etc).

THE ULTIMATE SLIP-ON SNEAKER ROUNDUP

www.pencilshavingsstudio.com Slip-on sneakers are a stylish and comfortable shoe available at every price point an in a wide variety of colors.
  1. VANS
  2. VINCE
  3. LOEFLLER RANDALL
  4. VINCE
  5. MICHAEL KORS
  6. GAP
  7. KEDS
  8. SHOPBOP (ALSO IN LA VERSION)
  9. VINCE
  10. PRADA (HELLO LOVER)
  11. NORDSTROM
  12. SEAVEES
  13. GAP
  14. TORY SPORT
  15. MATT BERNSON
  16. TORY BURCH
  17. SOLUDOS
  18. NORDSTROM (YUM)
  19. SPERRY
  20. TORY SPORT

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