Side by Side: High Tops vs. Low Tops
Long gone are the days when lacing up a pair of sneakers was a sign you’d already sacrificed form in the name of function. Fashion’s current love affair with rebel trendsetters like Cara Delevingne, Rita Ora and Rihanna — who mix High Street sportswear seamlessly with haute couture statement pieces — has made high-tops and low-tops wardrobe essentials for both nights on the down and afternoons kicking it old school.
Just because sneakers have an innate casual swagge doesn’t mean they can’t strut beyond the realm of sportswear and day-off denim without losing their cool. Boho-chic babe Vanessa Hudgens pairs low-tops in lieu of a sandal with long maxi dresses while Diane Kruger adds bold low-cut kicks to preppy tailored dress shirts and A-line skirts. The high top looks nothing short of haute couture on style icons like Kate Bosworth, Miranda Kerr, and Gwen Stefani who’ve been known to rock pleather leggings with high impact ankle support.
Look 1: High-tops
Hit the spring sidewalks with a bounce in your step by pairing pleather joggers with a tailored dress shirt topped off with a neon blue bolero jacket. Turn the high-meets-low look into a style statement with a pair of white high-tops with gold metallic details. Your ensemble might nod to the basketball court, but there’s something about the cheeky gold lock detail that says, “This sartorial slam-dunk wasn’t meant for the gym.” Throw a matching white tote over your shoulder to compliment the shade of your shoes, and a top off with a silver ring set to show you’re not afraid to mix precious metals.
Look 2: Low-tops
From afternoon weekend errands to cocktail hour rendez-vous, give instant edge to an otherwise yacht club-ready ensemble of a white mock-neck top and pleated midnight blue below-the-knee skirt with a pair of low-top sneaker with a bold metallic upper and silver metal details. An oversized turquoise tote adds an extra pop of streetwear chic colour but is still sophisticated enough for the wine bar. Finish off the look with a gold-faced watch with a playful pastel strap to compliment the sparkle in your kicks.