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On Our Radar: Throwback Sneakers

Accessories, Most Wanted, What's Trending  /   /  By Nina Louie

If last fall was any indication, the fashion sneaker trend will be huge this spring. But we believe that when it comes to sneakers, it doesn’t get better than the classics. So for us, it’s all about finding new ways to wear our all-time favorites. Read on to see our top throwback sneaker picks, plus tips for how to wear them now.

1. Adidas. Superstars, Rod Lavers, Stan Smiths. These are the sneakers of the moment—even though they’ve been around for decades. Wear them with simple pants and an interesting top (or vice versa) for an easy weekend outfit. Dress up the look with a more formal jacket or coat—like a blazer or something in a special fabric like silver jacquard.

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2. Vans. Céline brought back the slip-on with a bang. And though their interpretations are totally luxe (in fun snakeskin and pony hair), classic Vans are tough to beat. They’re super versatile, but we’ve noticed a lot of women wearing them with shorter skirts, basic tops, and cute cross-body bags. Slip-ons work perfectly with the streamlined uniform of the girl-on-the-go.

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3. Converse. This is the throwback sneaker that continues to reinvent itself. The classic design acts as a blank canvas for cool textiles and unexpected accents. Pair them with jeans or a denim jacket to play up their all-American vibe—iconic always, despite any and all embellishments.

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4. New Balance. You’ve heard of mom jeans? Well, these are dad shoes. But they’re back in a big way and their puffy little profile and soft suede accents look as fresh as ever. Hunt them down in custom colors by brands like J.Crew. Or, go for the classics like gray on gray, and wear them in a new way. We suggest mixing them with girly styles like dresses and designer bags. Shorter hemlines (well above the knee) will help you skirt the frump factor. A long, lean dress can work too—just make sure your waist is well defined.

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There’s more! To see the complete list of our top throwback sneakers for spring, click here.

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5 Comments
 
  1. cliff March 26, 2015 at 7:46 PM

    “Shorter hemlines (well above the knee) will help you skirt the frump factor. A long, lean dress can work too—just make sure your waist is well defined.”

    That is some of the best writing, putting across the best advice anywhere to be found on this here internet thingy regarding the subject at hand. (the near-term future of sneakers).

    Good writing is succinct, good advice is obvious when laid out succinctly. The two together are an irresistible charm.

    Well done, whoever you (all) are, crafting these Style Stories… 😀 What are you going to reinvent next?

  2. Nina March 27, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    I’m glad you liked this post – thanks for reading and responding! Fashion is about reinvention so stay tuned for more. 🙂

  3. Toni March 27, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Love it, love articles that give you an inside look into what’s hot and what’s not. Keep up the good work. Me, I will be looking for sneakers and a vintage one would be super cool! Thank you!

  4. Brian Morisky March 27, 2015 at 3:51 PM

    A great article, very timely. You are spot on, Nina. I did not know women’s sneakers were heading in this direction. I used to wear Stan Smiths in the 70s and was thrilled to see the originals brought back (by J. Crew). I also have the latest color way in New Balance 990, a citron and azure combo.

  5. Nina March 28, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    @Brian, those New Balance sound amazing. Shoot us a pic on Instagram by tagging @eBayFashion.

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