After months of hot pink pedicures and easy-breezy sandals, some might want to mix it up and break out the closed toe shoes. Hollywood starlets and practical moms alike are embracing the slip-on sneaker trend – and with good reason. Striking a balance between cute and comfy, the versatile slip-on has the power to both prep up and edge up a multitude of outfits.
A classic pair of black slip-ons let you wear your white ankle-length jeans well into autumn. Weave in other neutral hues and textures – think a gray T-shirt and black jacket. For a lighter take, throw on an Army-green military-style cargo jacket. Tie the whole look together with a long ecru and charcoal scarf, and then slide into a pair of Keds Teacup Slip-Ons in black for a look that’s casual and commanding at once.
There’s no better way to show off fancy footwear than with a monochrome outfit. Start with statement shoes, like Vans Asher Slip-On Sneakers in cheetah print, and team them with an all-black ensemble. Bring out your inner rocker with distressed black skinny jeans and a matching dolman-sleeve sweatshirt, or simply go casual and cute with black leggings and a long black tunic. Layer on a long gold necklace for just a dash of glam. If you prefer a bit more color, swap the top for a blue denim button-down shirt, but keep the black skinnies – your cheetah sneaks will still be the star of the show.
While ankle-bearing trousers seem like a natural fit with slip-on shoes, there’s no reason why you can’t show a little leg. For a flirty take, wear a short fit-and-flare skirt and team it with a knit top. With neutral footwear, the color combos are virtually endless – go with a charcoal skirt and dusty mauve on top, or switch things up with a patterned skirt and solid-hued chunky pullover. Finish the look with Roxy Minnow Slip-Ons in oatmeal wool for added texture.
Perhaps no other footwear begs for nautical play more than classic neutral slip-ons. With their boat-shoe feel and preppy vibe, it’s easy to pair them with any maritime outfit – whether you’re heading out sailing or hanging out ashore. Rock fitted red ankle-length pants and a navy-and-white striped boatneck top for a traditional take. Or relax the look with faded blue boyfriend jeans – rolled up, of course – a white tee or tank, and a red cardigan. Slide into a pair of Skechers BOBS Sailboat memory foam slip-ons and carry an oversized brown leather tote bag.
About the Author
Stacey Kole worked for five years as managing editor of the international style and pop-culture magazine Savvy, where she traveled coast-to-coast covering all things fashion and beauty. In addition to daily writing and editing duties, she interviewed and penned cover stories on such celebrities as Avril Lavigne, Julianne Hough and “Twilight” star Ashley Greene.