In recent years, shoes have been one of my biggest interests. For me, shoes are the first thing I notice on a person. When I moved downtown though, I noticed I was walking A LOT more than I was back when I was in school. Immediately, I knew I needed to find shoes that still looked good, but were more suited for walking around.
Before I dive in to my top three picks, I just wanted to give a disclaimer that I don’t consider my personal style completely “Athleisure” even though my Creative and Chaos bio talks about this style as a main interest of mine! I am still researching the style every day, and my pairings with clothes cross over with casual wear when I can.
Nike Roshe One
The Nike Roshe One is currently one of my favorites in my collection. The color options are a lot broader than some of my other shoes, and if you wanted to, you could even design your own color scheme online if you order it off the Nike website. Not only are the shoes made of breathable fabrics but they have a light sole for low impact steps. The Roshe is my favorite to walk around in, as I find it a lot more casual than some of the other shoes that fall in the “athleisure” category. The Roshe is by far the most comfortable in my collections, and they pair with a lot of clothes.
Adidas Stan Smith
The Adidas Stan Smiths are an absolute classic. They are not as comfortable as the more performance based shoes on the list, but they are the easiest to wear. They go with anything, chinos, jeans, shorts; I’ve even seen some people wear them on the way to work downtown with dress pants. They are that versatile.
Puma Ignite Limitless
The Ignite Limitless, in my opinion, are extreamly comfortable and a top pick if you are adding to your shoe collection. They offer great ankle support, have all the typical running technology you would see in a high-end running shoe and look amazing. Pretty much anything you could ask for in a shoe in the street-style category. You can get them in two colors – all red or all black. My all black ones I wear all the time, even though it is a bit tougher to pair with my more casual clothes.
What are your city shoe essentials?