Sneakers are still incredibly popular. In this article, let’s discover how to wear sneakers and where to buy to buy the best sneakers in store now.
Sneakers are sold in all kinds of heights, colors and patterns and many even had inbuilt heels to give you extra height.
It’s fashionable to wear sneakers with anything. Jeans, pants, skirts and dresses.
Can women over 40 wear sneakers?
Of course you can! Sneakers are great for women of all ages.
They are the ideal option for a nice walk in the park or a casual outfit for an activity. Also, sneakers are now so hip that you can either dress them up or down.
You will want to balance them with the right clothes though to achieve just that right balance between casual and chic.
How to wear sneakers
Before I show you some of the best sneakers in stores now, and take inspiration from stylish 40+ women wearing sneaker outfits, here are some general tips on how to wear sneakers with your everyday outfits.
Keep your gym or exercise sneakers separate
Of course you can wear sneakers out of the gym, but I would keep the sneakers you wear for exercising and those for day-to-day dressing separate.
Cuff your jeans
If you’re making a style statement with your sneakers, make sure they are seen.
The easiest way to do this is the choose jeans which stop at your ankle bone. Or, if your jeans are longer than that, just roll that up slightly. That way, you will show off not only your sneakers, but what is likely to be the slimmest part of your leg.
Wear with skirts and dresses
You don’t have to keep your sneakers to pair with your jeans and t-shirts. Wearing your sneakers with a dress or skirt is a good way to make a dress outfit more casual for everyday wear.
The Best sneakers for 2019
Sneakers are currently having a fashion moment and I do think it’s fantastic that sneakers are so on trend.
I’m not one who believes in the old “beauty is pain” adage. I won’t make myself uncomfortable in the name of style or fashion, so I rarely wear high heels.
You can see below that many of the big-name designers chose to feature sneakers on their catwalks for winter and fall 2019.
Burberry – Gucci – Off-White
For more inspiration check out this piece on the best shoe trends for Fall 2019.
Below are some of the best sneakers I found online and that you can buy right now. Use as inspiration on how to wear sneakers or enjoy your shopping!
The best sneakers for winter and fall
I think sneakers are often seen as something to wear during fair weather – particularly if you have a pair of white sneakers and you don’t want to get them splashed with rain.
But, they can also be a good option for fall, and even for winter, if you choose the right pair.
As most of you will soon be heading into fall, I’ve opted for sneakers which are either on trend for this fall, or which will be a good option even if the weather isn’t great.
My top 10 latest sneakers
Here are my 10 picks for this season. I’ll also give you some more ideas below on how to wear sneakers as part of your everyday outfits to make sure you combine comfort with style.
When you think about wedges, you probably think about summer shoe choices such as espadrilles.
But, wedge sneakers can be a good option for you if you want a casual shoe but you still want to add a little bit of height.
Linea Paolo ‘Felicia III’ Wedge Sneaker, 4-star reviews
Platform sneakers are particularly on trend right now and can be another good way to add a bit of fun to your outfit while also adding height.
Plus, the platform heel means your sneakers will be raised off the ground a little which could help to protect them from the elements during winter and fall.
You could wear two trends in one piece by opting for a platform and animal print.
“These shoes are not only very comfortable, they look really cute and stylish on!” – Lizzy2013
Linea Paolo ‘Kim’ sneaker, 5-star review
A slip-on sneaker is an easy style to wear with everything from jeans to dresses.
Choose a texture or print such as snakeskin or crocodile if you want to bring your look up-to-date.
This style is a classic which also has good arch support.
For more comfortable shoe options take a look at this piece on the best shoes with arch support to walk in all day.
white sneakers for women
A white sneaker is a complete classic which will never date, so you can afford to think of these as an investment piece for your closet.
Veja is a favorite brand of Meghan Markle who wears them with both jeans and dresses.
Just be aware that most reviewers say these need breaking in so wear for a little in the house for a few days first.
Veja ‘Esplar’ sneaker, 3.9 stars
I’m not one to buy designer brands simply because they are a certain brand. Nor am I one who likes a lot of branding on my clothes, shoes and accessories.
But, that’s not to say that I don’t appreciate the quality of a good designer piece.
If you opt for a sneaker style that is classic and timeless, you can afford to think about it in cost-per-wear rather than simply the initial cost.
“Shoes are a classic look, not trendy so won’t go out of style.” – orangejaylo
Givenchy ‘Urban Street’ low top sneaker, 5-star review
If you are wearing your sneakers during winter and fall, you will definitely want to make sure that they are waterproof.
You don’t want them to be ruined when the first drop of rain falls. Blondo is a good brand to look out for when it comes to waterproof sneaker options.
“Shoes are great and super comfortable with jeans for running errands.” – prnzes
Blondo ‘Giselle’ waterproof sneaker, 90+ reviews, 4.1 stars
Leather is obviously another good option for winter and fall as it can be easier to keep clean than fabric.
You could opt for an on-trend pair featuring print or a pop of color.
most comfortable sneakers
The whole point of wearing sneakers, as well as looking casually stylish, is to make sure that you are comfortable.
Opt for a pair which gives your feet the support they need, whether you need heel cushioning or additional arch support.
“These are the most comfortable shoes. They have very good arch support. I can’t wait to buy another pair in another color.” – pareid
Vionic ‘Kani’ perforated slip-on sneaker, 4.8 stars
Find lots more options on our list of comfortable walking shoes.
Bright colors were particularly on trend for winter and fall for 2019.
You can also check out this piece to see the best colors and neutrals for winter and fall 2019.
For a more subtle take on the neon trend, you could choose a sneaker with neon accents rather than an all-over-color.
women’s high top sneakers
A high top is a good choice for winter and fall as you can wear it in the same way you would an ankle bootie.
“I get tons of complements on these shoes from all ages.” – Morgan444
Steven Madden ‘Caliber’ high top sneaker, 4.9 stars
What to wear with sneakers
While it used to be the case that sneakers were strictly for exercise, or for very casual wear, the lines are definitely blurred now between casual and more formal attire.
So, you can wear your sneakers with pretty much everything from jeans to dresses.
Sneakers are a really useful piece of footwear to have in your closet to dress down an outfit.
So, if you want to wear a fit-and-flare skirt, for example, but you think it would look too dressy for every day, you could always pair with sneakers and a sweater.
How to wear sneakers with a dress
One of the trickiest looks to get right can be pairing sneakers with a dress or a skirt.
I’d go for more delicate styles of sneaker with a dress, rather than big, clunky sneakers.
Plus, treat them like any other shoe when it comes to finding a pair to flatter. So, if a high-top will end at the widest part of your ankle, go for a pair of sneakers with a lower height, for example.
Here are some great ideas from stylish 40+ women on how to wear sneakers with a dress.
“If you’ve been inspired by her style take a look at this piece on how to wear yellow.”
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