I have to be honest: I’ve never been completely on board with a lot of the “athleisure” trend. Perhaps it’s the flashbacks to sadistic junior high P.E. teachers or a reminder of the languishing gym memberships I’ve poured money into over the years. Perhaps it was seeing too many Juicy velour track suits at the office in the early ‘aughts. It’s not that I don’t think some of the athletic-wear-inspired looks are cute and fresh, especially when mixed with more feminine or tailored pieces. I just couldn’t see myself wearing many of them, even if the comfort factor was tempting.
But slip-on sneakers are the exception. More “skater” than “jock,” they bring a touch of tomboy insouciance. I’ve always felt more at home in this style than in trainers or other lace-up sneakers. I like mixing them up with jeans or other non-athleisure styles to add a dash of casual cool.
This shoe style has come a long way from the original Van’s, and this season I’ve noticed a lot of options with prints and embellishments. I think this blending of feminine and masculine elements is really fun, and nods at the athleisure trend without evoking memories of Coach Ratched. Of course if you prefer the simpler styles, there are still plenty to choose from.
What’s your take on “athleisure?” Are there pieces that dovetail with your style?
I have my eye on a few of these to try…