Fashion guru Andrea Linett, author of The Cool Factor, and style blog I Want to Be Her! makes a case for sneakers—going so far as to suggest we replace our beloved flats with comfy-chic sport shoes (but only in black).
Ask anyone who knows me, and they’ll tell you I’m a mid-to high-heel person. But recently, something shifted. Maybe because everywhere I look—from the runway to the red carpet, from the streets of New York to the Starbucks of LA—I’m spotting cute black sneakers. And it’s like I’m seeing them for the first time in my life.
In leather or canvas, these dark, understated kicks feel fresh and current, whether on attendees at New York Fashion Week or on out-for-errands celebs like Gwen Stefani and Gigi Hadid. Now I’m all about black sneakers.
Depending on which style you choose, they can replace pumps or flats with everything from menswear trousers to flowy floral dresses. I like traditional skater shoes with classic jeans and cute sweats—and am super into sweet little slip-ons with a sundress, shorts, or cropped pants. The best part is that these shoes scream “fashion” at the same time they whisper “comfort.” Win, win!
So give your look that extra kick, and shop my favorite stylish and and comfy black sneakers:
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Another great platform from European staple Superga. These have a street style appeal and work with cropped pants and floral dresses.
Rave review: ” I went on vacation with my boyfriend and did a lot of walking with no pain of any sort. Plus I got quite a few compliments! Love these!”
The gold accents turn a classic running shoe into something way more glamorous.
Rave review: “Feel great and love the style! True to size. NB classics are the best!”
Here’s a classic made popular by California skateboarders, but with a platform for added height.
Rave review: “LOVE these and they’re my first pair of Vans! Walked for three long days all over Manhattan in June and they were super comfortable and cute… So happy to add these to my walking shoe wardrobe!”
The pretty little frill keeps these slip-ons from feeling too basic.
Rave review: “I normally wear a 10.5, but I purchased the size 11, and they fit like a dream. Also very comfortable. I have one foot that is just a tad wider and shorter than the other, but what makes these shoes so very exceptional are the elastic gores on either side of both shoes. I would buy again in a heartbeat!”
It doesn’t get more old-school than a pair of Chucks. These are all-black right down to the rivets!
Rave review: “I absolutely love these throwbacks. They are always stylish, comfortable and affordable. I ordered them via standard shipping but Zappos delivered them in 2 days! You can’t beat that!”
This pair is loved for its sleek design and lightweight feel. Wear them to work out, or just to run errands.
Rave review: “Comfy everyday sneakers. I wouldn’t wear them for a high-impact work out, but they are great for day-to-day wear, walking the dog, grocery shopping etc. I ordered a 9W and they fit great.”
The chic criss-cross quilting makes these slip-ons feel like almost like fancy flats.
Rave review: “I really love these, super cute and easily goes with everything— perfect for the spring!”
An ’80s classic—retro appeal with lots of comfort and ankle support.
Rave review: “These shoes are my old friends. Happy to find them again, they fit, give nice ankle support for Zumba and other dance classes. My feet are happy in these.”
This pair is like a water moccasin-meets-loafer-meets-walking shoe. Easy to throw on and go!
Rave review: “This is my second pair of Skechers Go Walks. They wear a long time, are very comfortable but have good support. I can wear them for hours on my feet and not feel them. I would highly recommend them!”
An aerodynamic shoe with mesh to keep feet cool all summer.
Rave review: “These are very comfortable shoes. I like the mesh because I think my feet “breathe”. I wore them on a plane and while traveling (doing a lot of walking) and they were comfortable in all situations.”
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