Monday, December 17, 2012

Living the High Life (For Maya)

A week or so ago, my friend Maya asked me to offer some recommendations for stylish high top sneakers.

I have to admit, while I'd seen high top sneakers about this past year, I hadn't paid any attention to them. Mostly because as a professional woman and mom-of-two-in-her-late-30s, I just feel...well, too old for them. After all, the last time I wore high top sneakers, I was sporting white Reeboks in middle school paired with layered socks and scrunchies.

I know - it's brutal, right?

But I respect and admire Maya's sense of style - she's always so well put-together (even when she insists she's not) and so, I had to take a closer look. And here's what I found:

Wow, I could so do this. Well, minus the leather leggings (will a ponte knit or denim version do?). Seriously, how fantastic does Anne Hathaway look in this outfit, with those high tops (Isabel Marant Bekett sneakers) anyway? (Note to self: don't forget to carry potted delphiniums as an accent accessory.)

But it gets better - because look at this outfit below:

I love everything about it. So effortless and totally put together, and I have to admit - the outfit would be lovely even without the high tops, but those shoes elevate (haha, no pun intended) the look from conservative to edgy. Bold, even. 

Man, she has come a long way from the Princess Diaries, hasn't she?

To envision how you might wear high top sneakers in the spring, take a look at Miranda Kerr's outfit here:

Again - we all have these elements in our closets - striped tee, skinny jeans, tote bag. The interesting difference? Her shoes! High Top sneakers. Who knew?

So, here are some possible options that I'm totally considering for my next weekend's outfits should you be thinking of getting a pair yourself:

1. Isabel Marant Bekett (These are the pair that Ms. Hathaway is sporting in the photos above - only in white. The black pair seems to have sold out, except on auction sites and other retailers of a more dubious nature. Still - I gotta say, if you can afford them, the lighter shade are just as cute.)
2. Steve Madden Hilight  (Trust good ol' Steve to bring high end designer style to the masses. These are pretty close to Anne's black Isabel Marant pair. There's also the Olympiaa, should you like a velcro/laces combination along with a white sole.)
3. Lemaré Sneaker (I like the gray and blue shades in this one - and I also like that ruffled accent under the tongue.)
4. Prada High Top (The high top sneaker from the house of Miuccia: elegant, refrained, refined. And with the price to reflect it. Economy versions here and here.)
5. Paul Green High Top Wedge Sneaker (I'm loving this camel-colored version of the high top - and the extra 2.5" wedge is always welcome to this shorty.)
6. LemarĂ© Hi Top Wedge (The muted mauve is so pretty and I kinda love it. Economy version here.) 
7. Tory Burch High Top Sneakers (Super cute, but so bourgeois. I know, I know, who am I to talk?)
8. See by Chloe Lace-Up Wedge Sneaker (So pretty, they're practically a boot.)
9. Marc by Marc Jacobs High Top Sneaker (I feel like I saw the "future" characters from "Back to the Future" wearing shoes like these. Not something I could pull off, but fun.)
10. Converse Chuck Taylor High Top (An oldie but a serious goodie. They're definitely less of a fashion statement/risk, but if you want to play with the trend without really committing to it, this is a good way to dabble.)

So, what do you think? Is this something you'd try or consider? Is there a pair that you've been mulling over? I'm dying to know!


  1. Love it! Thank you, Carol. I never thought of myself as a sneakers girl, but doesn't Anne wear them so well?! She inspires me. Now if only I could grab that Isabel Marant or Chloe pair... :)

  2. hi carol! thanks for sharing! i love sneakers-i used to work at nike. now i'm loving all of the wedge sneakers that are out! i'm loving both of these!

    take care & hope you & your cute fam have a wonderful holiday season!

  3. I love high tops, have been wearing chucks for a while now and just recently purchased a pair of Campers on Ebay that I've been searching for for years! So happy.

  4. Wedge sneakers were all over Paris when I was there a few months back. I didn't like them before but now think they are SO VERY COOL!

    Maya - you have to get a pair!

    ps - merry merry Christmas to you Carol. Hope you had a lovely time with family

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