Friday, August 22, 2014

Tending: Bright, colorful sneakers!

  
If you've been following this blog since the beginning, you'll remember that I published another Trending post back in January, about ankle boots

The takeaway from that post is that I don't do well with following trends. Not because I don't fancy them, but because by the time I finally get around to jumping on the bandwagon, the ship that the trend was traveling on has usually sailed. And I'm left looking like a fashion reject.

But this particular trend -- the bright colorful sneakers trend? Well, I've wasted no time jumping all over that one like a cheap suit.

Before I divulge my delicious finds, here were a few of my inspirations, from left, Formula One racing heiress Petra Ecclestone, actress Jordana Brewster, and actress Reese Witherspoon:

Judging from these photos, apparently pairing your colorful sneakers with black yoga pants and black sunnies really sets the look off. In case you were wondering, sunnies is what the British call sunglasses.

And, no. I'm not British. But I like the word sunnies. It's a nice word. Go ahead: say it out loud: Sunnies.

Okay, back to topic. Now, my first foray into this trend was the pair of Nike TR2s, which Scott bought me for Christmas. I'm wearing these shoes in the top photo (with Kennedy at a New Jersey state park this past spring), although you can only see one foot. These shoes not only fit the bill style-wise, but they make me feel as if I'm walking on air, thanks to a memory foam insole.

Then came the realization that I love these Nikes so much that I semi-feared messing them up, which is completely counterintuitive to having a pair of sneakers in the first place. I realized I had really gone off the deep end when, one night after putting the kids to bed, I caught myself admiring my TR2s in the confines of my walk-in closet, although I had no real designs of wearing them again.

Please refrain from leaving me comments about how this is strange.

I already know.

So I ended up buying these from New Balance:
I wholeheartedly realize that half the people reading this will think these shoes are hideous.

And if you are one of them, go ahead and flame away.

But I'll tell you this: These shoes are light as a feather, cost under 40 bucks, and because the predominant color is black, I don't have to prance around on eggshells in fear of getting them dirty.


What's your take on this bright, colorful sneakers trend? Are you in or out?

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12 comments:

  1. Had no idea about the bright sneaker trend. I only follow skin trends. (Big surprise...not!) I looooove the bright pink ones in the pic. I have a favorite pair of white and pink new balance that I have been getting for years. (Yes. I admit, I am resistant to change. When I find something I love I hang on to it, like a flea on a dog!) In fact I just purchased a new pair of them but still have my latest old pair that I wear for when I am painting or sanding the floor or what not!

    Have a fantaulous weekend, my love!

    xxo

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    1. Good Morning, Susie! Your " flea on a dog" analogy certainly characterizes my penchant for hanging on to my beloved footwear. (Um, hello, my open-toe Uggs?!? lol)

      I also have nearly every pair of my running shoes from my jogging days -- which, embarrassingly enough, spans pack to my teenage years. (I started running as a child, but, thank God I've since parted with those shoes. lol)

      There is nothing like the comfort and feel of a wonderfully worn in running shoe. Looks be damned, it's All. About. Comfort.

      You have a wonderful weekend as well, beautiful!

      xo

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  2. I really like them, and I've caught myself eyeballing them in the shoe store. I'm drawn to the most intensely bright rainbow colored ones--if I ever actually wore them, I'd be spotted a mile away! Because of my undying love of all things that a 13-year-old girl would also love (crazy colors, sequins, etc.), I'm afraid that wearing those tie-dyed looking ones would make me look ridiculous as an almost 30 year old. I love the ones that you got (especially the second pair!) because they seem to strike a better balance between fun and grownup than the ones that I keep wanting!

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    1. Natalie, I know you may not listen to me -- I mean, I realize I'm no fashion expert or anything. Hell, I'm just a mom of two who is a slave to comfort. But please hear my plea: Get. Those. Shoes.

      You can pull it off, girl, and you only live once! We're not talking about you going grocery shopping in the bodysuit Miley Cyrus wore during her twerking performance on the VMAs.

      Again: Get those shoes. You deserve them and you'll look good in them. And tell me when you do.

      Okay. I've said my peace. :-)

      Thank you so much for commenting.

      xo

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  3. Sunnies...that's fantastic! I'm going to start saying that too! Great new shoes. Nothing like a good supportive pair of runners!

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    1. Thank you! And don't you like the word sunnies? I mean, I'm not going around faking an English accent or anything, but, my, I do like that word. As well as saying "on holiday" instead of "vacation."

      Have a fantastic weekend!

      xo

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  4. Hi Courtney - I may look young, but I have old Grandma feet, so uber comfy shoes is a non-negotiable in my world. PS - As much as I love your sneakers, Kennedy is a much cuter accessory. Just sayin. And I love sunnies. I'm so owning it from now on. Those NB shoes are the bomb. Hugs, Holly

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    1. Hi, Holly!!! Isn't she adorable????? But, yes, I concede to being biased. ;-) Thank you for your compliment...

      I liked you already, but since you have gone the extra mile -- pun wholeheartedly intended -- and have called my NBs "the bomb," well, let's just say I like you even more. And did I mention you have superb taste in shoes? lol

      Have a great weekend.

      xo

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  5. Heheh, I love the term "sunnies," although I guarantee you that if I use it up here in Montana everyone will look at me cross-eyed. What the hey though, they all need a little more culture. ;)

    I love your black ones, I do! But I confess I am not a fan of dayglo running shoes. I just bought a new pair and they're... wait for it... white. With sort of this weird peachy pink color accent. Ugh. But, I am one of those folks that found "their" running shoe brand and others seem to not work as well (have tried other brands and they exacerbate my ankle injury) so white and weird pinky-peach it is. But, given that my old running shoes tend to become my kick about shoes... perhaps I'm on trend and I don't know it?

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    1. My black NB's are feeling really good right about now, as I've worn them several times now, so they are "getting used to" my feet...

      I agree with you with regard to running shoes: The shoes I've discussed above, while I walk around the neighborhood with them, are not used for running. I could give a hoot what my running shoes look like, actually. As long as they feel good. In junior high and high school I was a die-hard Nike fan...now it's Mizuno -- and only Mizuno -- for running.

      Thanks for weighing in!

      xo

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  6. I don't do trends because I like to wear my shoes and clothes for more than one season. I do think a lot of trends are cute but I stick with classics.

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    1. I hear you, Sonya: There's absolutely nothing better than getting the most mileage as possible out of a good purchase...

      Thank you for commenting.

      xo

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