The Sneaker Goes High Fashion In Punchy Prints And Colours

by Tiffany Tse

When it comes to truly stylish, comfortable footwear, sneakers are the new ballet flats. Isabel Marant first introduced her now-ubiquitous sneaker wedges in 2010, which quickly became the go-to shoe for fashion’s elite, including top editors, models, and celebrities like Beyonce, who rocked a pair in her “Love On Top” music video. Since then, the humble sneaker’s been reinvented in lively colours and punchy prints, elevating them to must-have status for any cool girl. In fact, a number of trendsetters—Rihanna, Jessica Alba, and Chloe Moretz, to name a few—are wearing sneakers to add a fresh, contemporary flair to their looks. Read today’s Accessory Report for outfit details and shop our picks below.

On Celebrities
WHO: Rihanna
WHAT: Leaving her hotel in London last month.
WEAR: Silver Spoon Attire Vintage Cameo Beanie ($68); Trapstar Irongate Stadium Jacket ($143); Rihanna for River Island Grey Thigh Split Sweat Maxi Skirt ($100); Adidas Pro Model Shoes ($78).
WHY: Wear a classic pair of sneakers with a casual maxi skirt for an edgy downtown look.

WHO: Chloe Moretz
WHAT: Grabbing frozen yogurt in Los Angeles in February.
WEAR: Zoe Karssen Ooh Chic Sweater ($113); blue jeans; Puma By Mihara MY-66 Sneakers ($120) in Dark Denim.
WHY: Sporty wedge sneakers elevate Moretz’s off-duty sweater and jeans combo.

WHO: Jessica Biel
WHAT: Taking a stroll in Paris last month.
WEAR: Black scarf; Fendi jacket; JET jeans; leopard-print gloves; Nike Jordan 1 Phat Sneakers ($73).
WHY: Sneakers with bright laces add a playful pop of colour to a laid-back look.

WHO: Jessica Alba
WHAT: Enjoying a walk on the beach in Santa Monica with her family.
WEAR: Opening Ceremony OC Varsity Patch Jacket ($340); white t-shirt; skinny jeans; Isabel Marant Bayley Suede And Leather High-Top Sneakers ($640).
WHY: Athletic-inspired wedge sneakers play up the vibe of Alba’s varsity jacket.

On You
Feeling inspired by these fashionable celebrities? Snag a cool pair of sneakers for yourself with one of our picks. Flat Sneakers For a chic upgrade on the iconic basketball sneaker, look no further than Nike’s Dunk High Skinny Shoes ($85). They’d look perfect with an oversized button-down and cutoffs for a relaxed, on-the-go ensemble. You could also opt for Zara’s Coloured Sneakers ($90); just offset their sporty feel with a leather mini skirt and graphic shirt. Wedge Sneakers If you don’t want to sacrifice height, invest in a pair of hidden-heel sneakers. Puma’s Sky Wedge Sneakers ($100) give you a boost and make a statement teamed with skinny jeans and a slouchy t-shirt. For sneakers with a little flirtatious appeal, try Marc by Marc Jacobs’ Cutout Sneaker Wedges ($328) in Green, which show off just a hint of skin. Pair the on-trend mint hue with a floral skirt and knit sweater for a feminine spring look.

Photos of Rihanna and Chloe Moretz, courtesy of Splash News; photo of Jessica Alba, courtesy of Fame Flynet; photo of Jessica Biel, courtesy of Bauer Griffin; photo of Marc by Marc Jacobs sneakers, courtesy of

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