Top 5 of the week: fleece-lined sneakers


We’re headed into some bitter weather here on the east coast—it’s going to be a mere 12 degrees on Friday—and I like to be prepared, because as you may know, I hate the cold, and I hate extreme cold extremely. That means hauling out my warmest mittens, my Patagonia long-johns, and my toastiest sneakers, which are a pair of Vans not unlike this one. (Pro tip: some of these sneakers have fleece everywhere inside the shoe except the sole, which just doesn’t make sense to me. So I add these sheepskin insoles to the equation, and all is toasty.)

You can’t go too far wrong with classic Converse high tops in suede, and these come in a few other good colors, though I’m partial to this army green.

These are a bit pricier than the others, but I think they’re a perfect grey and I dig the platform soles.

A lower-top version of Nike’s timeless Air Jordans.

And finally: a basic black pair with a nice thick platform.

Friday links


  • These photos—from a NYC exhibit about women and the history of hip hop—are just great. (Vogue)
  • This is fun and kind of random: photos of Rod Stewart at the airport in the 70s. (Go Fug Yourself)
  • The 53 best movies under 90 minutes. (Vulture)
  • Please do listen to Everything is Fine if you haven’t already this week: it’s a fun chat about everything from whether therapy has “fixed” us (hint: not entirely) to beauty recommendations. (Apple Podcasts)
  • And speaking of Everything is Fine, here’s a smart piece in defense of “good enough” aging, by EIF guest Val Monroe. (The Cut)
  • This story warmed my cold, hard heart. (NY Times; gifted link)
  • Snubs and surprises from this year’s Oscar nominations (Elle)
  • Fascinating: New York’s forgotten radio island. (Messy Nessy Chic)
  • Five of the most daring bank heists in history. (History via Go Fug Yourself)
  • Everything we know so far about season four of Succession, which returns this spring, and not a moment too soon. (Town & Country)


Brand I like: Arket


I actually discovered Arket in the GOACA comments section the other day, and now I’m borderline obsessed with this Swedish brand, which churns out subtle, Euro-chic, classic-with-a-twist pieces that are easy to wear—sort of like Isabel Marant before she got too tricky. Prices are about on par with Madewell or Sezane, and though I wish they made clothes larger than size 10, I still think they’re on to something. This Boucle coat, for instance, looks just fantastic and like it’s much pricier than it is.

A printed silk scarf is such a French lady’s secret wardrobe ingredient.

A really snappy blazer that also comes in some fun colors.

A suede tote that’s kind of perfectly slouchy, and big enough for all your stuff.

This poplin shirt comes in four great colorways, and I want them all.

How perfectly un-distressed and un-whiskered are these jeans?

A LOT of you are searching high and low for wool trousers this year, and this pair looks so cool and flattering.

A mohair blend cardigan with statement-y buttons.

This oversized down puffer has such a stylish, cocoonish shape.

And of course I’m in love with this nubby fleece jacket.




Kim France

I was born in Houston, Texas in 1964 and have lived in New York City since 1988. I had a long career in magazines, working at Sassy, Elle, New York, and Spin, and in 2000, I founded Lucky magazine, which I edited for ten years.

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