I’m not going to lie, I started off as a sceptic, but seeing my friend trying on and buying 2 pairs of stylish Adidas sneaker wedges on the weekend has converted me.
Combine your comfiest sneaker with the platform of a wedge heel and you have the perfect going out shoe to finish off any outfit that deserves a bit of street cred. It also really appeals to the Capetonian in me, as I don’t always feel like wearing heels but still want that extra height and shape. I’m assured that they’re comfy which is a bonus. I’m loving the stylish sneaker boot combos in subtle muted tones that add a more dressy style to this trend. Shape is also an important factor, with the streamlined lace up sneaker boot for a dressier option and the wedge sneakers with chunky bits and big velcro straps being the sportier streetwear option. Worn with skinny jeans, leggings or even shorts and skirts, these shoes will add an x factor to your outfit. Below are a few of the best that I’ve seen so far.
Adidas Basket Profi hidden wedge sneaker
Nike Dunk Sky Hi wedge sneaker
Ash Bowie wedge trainers
Chloe wedge sneaker
Isabel Marant wedge sneakers for H&M
Guiseppe Zanotti suede high top wedges
When I was at school, sport was just something we did. It wasn’t particularly trendy but more like you got some extra cred or popularity the better you were. These days sport has become a lifestyle that coincides with fashion. Two of my favourite designers, Stella McCartney and Yohji Yamamoto (Y3), have collaborated with Adidas over the past years as we see more high end designers including sport designs and functionality into their ranges. This has resulted in Stella McCartney’s own branded custom paddleboard created for the Adidas range. With the rise of lifestyle sports Nike has also brought out yoga and pilates mats in fashionable luminous, pastel and muted shades, and with sustainability being encouraged Prana have brought out their E.C.O. yoga mats that are recyclable and toxic free in their manufacturing process. On the shoe side I recently bought myself a pair of Nike Air Pegasus +30 running shoes as I couldn’t resist the beautiful grey, white and luminous coral colouration combined with the cushy design. So for all those people out there who are looking for that excuse to be sporty, it’s your time to shine.
Moodboard (clockwise): Stella McCartney for Adidas activewear, Prana E.C.O. yoga mat, Nike Air Pegasus +30 running shoe, Stella McCartney for Adidas paddle board range, Nike Performance Graphic 5mm yoga mat.
Stella McCartney paddle board range
Nike Air Pegasus +30 running shoe
Yohji Yamamoto for Adidas Y3 SS’13 campaigns
From washed out to electric shades, coral has been seeing a comeback these last few summers as one of the season’s hottest shades. It looks amazing against tanned skin and has the versatility to be worn during beach days or on party nights. Stylist’s tip: pair it with gold statement jewellery and creamy coral lips for an amazing evening combo, playing with different shades of coral to give a tonal feel. For playful beach days get hold of electric coral nailpolish and pair it with a punchy coral bikini. Whichever way you decide to wear it, this is one of summer’s gifts that keeps on giving.
Images (clockwise from left): Constance Jablonski for Vogue Brasil, Diane Von Furstenberg Carolina Lips clutch, electric coral lips and nails (image by Gavin O’Neill), Nike Air Max 360 BB low peach cream/bright coral.