Athleisure Wear

11 Sneakers That Unexpectedly Look Really, Really Good With Skirts

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If you've been paying attention to fashion recently (whether you've been eyeing what's popping from New York Fashion Week or trending on Instagram), you've probably noticed practically everyone's wearing sneakers with dresses these days. The trend is so ubiquitous, we even wrote about it back in June.  Turns out, you can (and should) wear sneakers with your skirts as well.

Like joggers becoming a celebrated fashion choice, the combination of sneaks and skirts is a streetwear trend I'm super happy has taken off, and I'm willing to bet that it's here to stay—especially for fall.

If you're hoping to score some chic white kicks or low-top comfy shoes that you can dress up, it takes a keen eye to know where to look (and to pick a style that hasn't already been done before). For those wondering where to get some basic, trendy sneaks like those seen on your fave celebs, you've come to the right place. To help give your some style inspiration, we've rounded up some of the most popular sneakers to style with your skirts.

Best sneakers to wear with skirts

Superga Cotu Sneaker — $60.00

Known as Kate Middleton’s go-to sneakers, the Superga Cotu kicks are great to slip on when you want to pair down your look. They’re super low profile both in design and in style, which makes them a perfect choice for polishing off an outfit. Not to mention, they’re super comfy. They feature a canvas upper and a textured rubber sole for added support.

Veja Venturi Sneaker — $180.00

When it comes to sustainability and style, these Veja sneakers are the perfect combination. Not only are they made with recycled materials, but they also feature a natural rubber sole to help give you better grip when you walk. Pair them with your fave high-waisted skirt and an oversized blazer for a fashion forward streetwear look.

APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Wave Sneaker — $225.00

Comfort—but make it fashion. This is what these APL sneakers are all about. For those who like to run or walk a lot, these kicks are a dream made in heaven, thanks to their super elastic material that molds to your feet. Additionally, the shoes have breathable fabric to help keep moisture out of your shoes.

Vans Old Skool Platform Sneaker — $70.00

Not much different from traditional low-top Vans, the platform iteration is a great way to make your wardrobe stand out (the added height really does matter, and gives off some ’90s vibes). They’re just the thing to pair with a maxi skirt and when you want to zhuzh up your basics. The checkered pattern really gives the shoe its edge and makes for an eye-catching fit.

On Cloud Low Top Running Sneakers — $130.00

If you want a shoe that feels like you’re walking on air, these On Cloud running kicks may be the ones to add to your sneaker-and-skirt line-up. Their signature Zero-Gravity foam is the perfect gift for those who like to run (skirt or not). It makes for a soft and comfy landing. Additionally, the antimicrobial mesh material keeps your feet cool and dry.

MICHAEL Michael Kors Bodie Stretch Knit Low Top Sneaker — $91.00

For those looking to make a fashion statement, these Michael Kors slip-on sneakers are an easy way to punch up your wardrobe. Their non-lace design makes them perfect for styling with dressier looks such as a leather mini skirt and a crop top.

Nike Air Zoom Vapor Pro HC Sneaker — $120.00

While the Air Force 1 ’07s may be a the most common Nike option I often see in streetwear, these are the next level when it comes to style. The metallic silver accents help add extra flare to the shoe while the low -top profile makes them easier to wear and match with longer maxi styles.

New Balance Suede 574 Sneakers — $80.00

The “Dad” shoe is officially cool again, and these New Balance kicks are ones that you can use to round out your wardrobe. Not only are they on-trend, but they also come in multiple colors and sizes if you’re hoping to switch up your style.

Kurt Geiger London Liviah Low Top Platform Sneakers — $124.00

Originally $165, on sale for $123.75

When you need to look dressed up but don’t want to be too formal, these Kurt Geiger sneakers are a great happy medium. The rhinestone accents along the laces and the croc-like leather give you the fancy element you want but still keeps things casual. Pair these shoes with a maxi skirt and a long black jacket for a chic nighttime look that’s bound to be memorable.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top Sneaker — $55.00

There aren’t many sneakers that are more iconic than the Chuck Taylor All Stars. And that’s partly because they’re so versatile. Sure, you can wear them as a skate shoe but they also function as a great sneaker that you can pair with many of your basics. From jeans and a T-shirt to a sports bra top and a mini skirt, these kicks can accent a range of different looks.

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Cariuma Catiba Pro — $89.00

For a design that’s simultaneously simple *and* completely unique, we’re going with Cariuma’s Catiba Pro, a simple sneak with a gorgeously cool logo design. These comes in a variety of colors (red, black, blue, pink, and grey are just some of the options you can choose from), but we’re drawn to this off-white vintage which comes in either suede or leather. These are so popular right now, you might have to pre-order or jump on the waiting list to snag a pair.

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