Up Your Sneaker Game – the 5 Rules

NY Fashion Week street style was all about the sneaker. Everyone looked so rock star, super confident, ready to take on the world. I’m definitely upping my sneaker game this fall and I’m going to follow these 5 rules.

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First rule – Even though chunky sneakers are ironically in style (Thanks no thanks Balenciaga and Gucci), I still believe my shoes should not look like I’m actually going to be running in them. They should look fresh, like these grey Adidas Originals.

Rule 2 – White shoes are awesome, but they need to be impeccable. There’s only one way to go. Very very clean. Common Projects are good (pricey) – but the Adidas Superstars with leopard stripes are super cute (just the right amount of leopard, right?), and leave it to Stella McCartney to figure out an oh-so-subtle way to elevate Stan Smiths.

Rule 3 – Black works always. Black sneakers are versatile, professional, stay cleaner longer – they are very very good. I’ve always been a sucker for the Nike Swoosh and this one on the Pre Love O.X. sneaker is way oversized. These Adidas campus sneakers are a classic, along with Puma’s suede varsity sneakers.

Rule 4 – Consider a little sparkle on your feet.  These Vans Old Skool have a gold suede logo, it’s a nice way to update this classic skater look. These all-gold leather Converse One Star Ox  look seriously like Golden Goose, but at 1/5 the price…SJP has her version of glittery sneakers that go everywhere and look great –  the meteor holographic sneakers. (My biggest challenge is deciding which color/glitter to get but they are selling out fast so I better decide!)

Rule 5 – Think out of the box. Want to ramp up the toughness? I really like these black leather shoes from Jane and the Shoe that are all strapped up. And these furry One Stars are AMAZING!


Do you feel too short to wear sneakers or you’re ready to go all out? I think these Nike Vandal 2K sneakers with a platform sole are awesome. They resemble the wedge creeper sneakers from Stella McCartney, but at a more affordable price.

Last –  Rule 6. Don’t get stuck in a color rut. While Mara and I have been big on dusty pink sneakers all spring and summer, like these suede Vejas, the fall brings some interesting colors, like this mica green suede Nike blazer low tops and these smoke green/silver green Thunder deserts from Puma. I also love these Nike Air Max 90/1 sneakers with a mustard flourish.

Sneakers should be the most comfortable to wear, but I sometimes have trouble the first couple of outings.  Great peds are important. By my front door to be on the safe side, I keep powder, anti-friction stick and these hydro-seal blister cushion Band-Aids made for all different parts of your feet.

Would love to hear more about what you’re wearing to look cool and feel wonderful.  And p.s. Cardi B… I like it like that TOO, but I am not buying the “ones that look like socks”.)

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We are Pam and Mara, Grown and Flown’s  in-house style gurus. Based in Brooklyn, we’ve been friends for over 20 years, with four boys, many proms, graduations, beach vacations and birthday dinners between us. Mara’s been living in jeans and t-shirts working in the fashion world in London, Milan, LA, and NYC, producing editorial and ad shoots for over two decades. Pam’s been suiting up for the corporate world as a chief marketing officer in the live entertainment/sports business.We’ve always been a little obsessed with style and how we use clothes to help us feel attractive and self-confident. You’ll often find us yelling at each other over dressing room walls, or trading texts at midnight about that one pair of size 8 boots left on sale online at Nordstrom.com. But over time, we’ve found that dressing and feeling great has become much more challenging. And that’s even more frustrating now that every moment has turned into a photo opp.We want to feel comfortable and appropriate with our style choices so that we can face the world each morning with confidence and ease. We’re in search of cool, effortless style that makes us feel amazing and powerful at this very age. Please join us at Grown and Flown as we venture forth into this new world together, at  TheKoolestWomen.com, Facebook and Instagram @thekoolestwomen.


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