As I have explained in detail, I always wear sneakers on a first date because they are comfortable and go with literally anything. It’s merely an added bonus that they’re easy to run away in if your date decides to order a glass of Chardonnay with ice and swirl it around like he’s taking a sommelier test. See also: says you have “nice gams.” This is my real life, but I digress.
I’m partial to sleek, classic sneakers for a date because they’re the right blend of chill and polished. And the work equally well for first-dates as they do for 100th dates (if you have made it to this number of dates please DM me and tell me your secrets).
And if you need further proof that sneakers can be worn for any occasion, allow me to direct your attention to Serena Williams at the Met Gala. She paired her gown with matching neon Nikes, to which I say brava. I’m not saying that’s the outfit I’m going to show up in on my next date… but maybe? The limit does not exist; you truly can wear versatile footwear everywhere.
Here, 8 pairs of date-night sneakers.
Call me a magpie, because I am drawn to metallics. So it makes sense that I’m taken with these classic-with-a-twist sneakers from Kaanas, a brand that’s run by four sisters in Columbia. Each shoe is made by hand in their family-owned factory, with socially responsible practices.
Greats The Royale Knit, $119
These made-in-Italy sneakers are crafted out of recycled single use and ocean plastic—the equivalent of recycling seven plastic bottles.
They’re perfect for making your date believe you’re actually a chill human being, instead of someone who has a tower of cardboard boxes in her apartment that are causing her anxiety but she still can’t bring herself to take out the pristine sneaks.
For the “wanna go grab a drink tonight?” Hinge dates that you inexplicably say yes to. They are typically never worth the effort, but at least with these sneakers you literally don’t even have to tie your shoes. Plus, they’re eco-friendly.
The perfect white tennis shoe doesn’t exi—.
Each of these sneakers has an embossed serial number printed on it. I really like to feel special, and if my date isn’t going to make me feel one in a million at least these sneaks kind of do?
Adidas Sleek Shoes, $80
These are literally named “sleek shoes.” I will allow it. It works. They’re simple, understated, and I would 10/10 wear them with a slightly scandalous dress to tone it down.
Like an LBD, but a sneaker. These go with virtually anything, and are much easier to keep clean than their white counterparts.
Okay, platform sneakers are a thing again and I have thoughts. And if your need for shopping hasn’t been slaked, here are 8 slow fashion brands that need to be in your closet.
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