When the sneaker trend arrived, I wasn’t so sure about it’s role in the shoe wardrobe of a 55 or older person. Was this another trend for the young people? I remember a year or two ago when I got my first sixty-year-old client into a white sneaker for summer. It seemed so out there for her “under the radar” style but I saw the look in her eye when she tried them on. She looked down at her feet there on the floor of the Nordstrom shoe department in Corte Madera and she was smitten.
That slip-on white sneaker of hers changed her wardrobe and changed her life, as God is my witness. She had a bounce in her step that wasn’t there when she wore her ballet flats. In her ballet flats she looked cautious and quiet and under the radar. In her white sneakers she was more sassy, unpredictable (in a good way), vibrant, youthful, and modern. She never looked stodgy, but by comparison, this new style of footwear was so uplifting. Imagine looking refreshed like getting a face lift, or coming back from luxurious month in Paris, or having the best sex in your life. Well, that’s the glow she wore in these shoes!
When this year came around, we added a couple of more pairs of sneakers to her wardrobe. This style in all the pictures you’ll see here are usually labeled sneakers but sometimes they’re referred to as skaters as well. I was so inspired by how this shoe style updated her wardrobe and her look that I took to them as well.
They’re so comfortable! This summer I’ve hardly worn sandals. I’ve especially not worn heeled sandals. I’m in sneakers most days. I thought they may be hot but they’re not. With new technology, sneakers may look heavy but be light as a feather. Those cute ones in the opening photo that I’m wearing with my orange pants are so lightweight. They’re like the whipped cream that gets added to the butterscotch pudding at Central Market in Petaluma. Irresistible!
Sneakers are my go-to work shoes
This sneaker style I’m wearing above is from Junction Shoes in San Anselmo. Go there and see Karen for lightweight, comfortable stylish shoes. My pair are by a company called Wellfeat. I’m into the second year with them now and they are still going strong. I LOVE the lift they give me. Since I’m not wearing heels anymore, these sneakers with thick soles make me feel kind of sexy even while being sporty. I guess it’s because I’m looking taller in them.
Friends encourage friends to wear sneakers
Here are a few examples of sneakers in action. The pair above are worn by Annie, a new person I met in Sonoma through my friend, Valerie. She was wearing these sneakers with the white edge and the big leather bow with a flirty long skirt.
These are my buddies Elizabeth and Sandra on the first day I met them back in June. Elizabeth, on the left is La Contessa. Check out her website, The Vintage Contessa. Her Instagram handle is @antiquegoddess. And Sandra, the brilliant woman who brought us together has a website called Apart from My Art. Follow her on instagram at @sandrasallin.
Keeping your feet happy all day
A client gave me the best tip this summer. She told me to try Smartwool Secret Sleuth socks to wear inside my sneakers. She found other brands would slip off her heels but not these. They’re 60% Wool, 39% Nylon, and 1% Elastane. They are my new best friend. The only problem is if you throw them in the dryer, the dryer may eat one or two during the cycle. I stocked up. I went to Amazon and found them there. My client had gotten hers at R.E.I.
Sneakers that act as neutral flats
I was just talking to my shoe man, Adam, who helps me with my clients’ shoe needs at Nordstrom.
I love talking to him. He’s such a wealth of product knowledge and a shoe historian. I was asking him about sneakers moving forward. And he made his sneaker point brilliantly. “Brenda,” he said, “Sneakers are all year round shoes. Think of them as the new ballet flat. They work in every wardrobe.”
Remember when skinny jeans came out? They appealed to the fashion forward crowd. Then they became mainstream. That’s how I see the sneaker look. At first it was groundbreaking to wear a sneaker with skirts, dresses, or dressy outfits. Now it’s mainstream. No matter what our age is, we’re embracing this trend. And what better trend to consider than one that is so good for feet that complain as they get older?
Here are a few examples of some sneakers that I can see going into the fall shoe season. Some are more classic looking and others are more rambunctious. Your choice! Let’s start with the simpler styles, sneakers that are neutral and could go with so many things.
Embellished sneakers bring the party
Want to bring more dazzle to your sneakers? Oh, that’s certainly available!
I know there’s a sneaker out there that is just right for you! Have you tried this trend? Are you walking on air in your stylish sneakers? Please do share!