So much of fashion and style is defined by restraint, understatement and subdued colors and textures. You can imagine my delight in spotting a trend on the streets of gorgeous Miami Beach and subsequently in chique New York that flies in the face of subtlety.
Brightly colored metallic sneakers in gold, silver, yellow or crazy blue!
More (and photos!) after the jump.
If you are planning to make one addition to your spring/summer wardrobe, I urge you to make it a pair of these super-bright sneakers that are derived from skateboarder wear with their popped tongues, spongey soles and fat laces in black, white or bright colors (or with those laces removed).
They can be worn with anything from dull plaid cargo shorts to raunchy jeans to board shorts to dress jeans. (I love them most with grey or black skinny jeans/white v necked t shirt and a jaunty hat). They call for low socks or no socks.
The first great thing about these shoes is the fact that you cannot frown when they are on your feet. They force you to smile, and everything you say while wearing them is greeted with a laugh. The second great thing about them is that you can be older (like me) and still carry them off. People look at them on my feet and figure I've earned the right to be silly and they are damn glad I have the good sense to be silly. The third great thing about them is that they don't cost much. The fourth great thing about them is that they are highly androgenous.
Here is an attractive pair I spotted recently.
Here are my own Miami Beach darlings by Supra. All my other shoes are jealous.