A bunch of cute sneakers for fall

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Do any of you have knee problems? I’ve just started to, and the situation is not only deeply uncomfortable but also really cramping my style, as my usual footwear seems to exacerbate the problem. So I’ve been searching for cool sneakers, which seem to be a more prudent choice. These Onitsuka Tigers are nice and classic, and I dig the subtle red detail.

This Vince sneaker has a nice substantial platform, and also comes in black, but I think it is so good in the grey. And the snake-embossed detail is fun.

These canvas Veja sneakers are appealing in an understated way,  and I like that most of the materials used to make them are sustainable.

You really can’t go wrong with a pair of platform Vans—they’d be as cute with jeans as they would with a dress.

 

This one is entirely bonkers, but in a way I can really get behind.

I’ve wanted these Nikes for a while: they add a nice bit of height, and come in a few good shades.

This shearling-lined pair from Rag & Bone is so luxe (and pricey). Here’s something similar but cheaper,  that I actually own and love.

I like how subtle the camo pattern is on this pair, which is from Dr. Scholl’s, so it’s sure to be super-comfortable.

 

These are just really cool, and the colorway strikes me as quite versatile.

I really love the brown and red color combination on this collaboration by Comme des Garcons PLAY and Converse. Here’s the low-top version.

These Supergas are so excellently Euro-preoppy.

 

This metallic sneaker is made by a newish brand I like called P448; I’d swap out the laces for a black pair.

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    Mimi A.
    24 Sep 2020
    12:12pm

    I still love my collection of chunky Dad sneakers, the more Balenciaga Triple S-like, the better. Lots of cute choices in this post for wearing around, but if you’re really looking for support I’d recommend Hoka One One sneakers. An orthopedist told me about them and said they’d be good for my bad knee. Then I noticed four more doctors in our local medical office building wearing them. Most admittedly ugly Hoka models have a proto-athletic look and ghastly color combinations, but after substituting acid green laces for purple and acquiring a light coating of trail dust I’ve happily worn my latest pair on an 11-mile hike and trekking 3,000 feet up a mountain. (Yes, I am quite the 70+ jockette.) Zappos carries some https://www.zappos.com/hoka-one-one-shoes/CK_XAVIClxpaApca4gIDAQsK.zso?si=5107636&sy=1&pf_rd_p=164a6035-ed28-45c5-a788-5146d9f7d5b2&pf_rd_r=34F6392A27F946FFA533, Hoka has its own website and Running Warehouse has excellent customer service. That site’s where a real human steered me to the wide toe box of my dreams. I wear 1/2 size larger in sneakers than in regular shoes. What are regular shoes again?

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      Heather
      24 Sep 2020
      1:52pm

      Awesome 70+ jockette! I just did a 3-day, 45-mile backpack with another 70-plus jockette, and she kicked my butt.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Sep 2020
      3:25pm

      DAMN, Mimi! *applause*

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      Stephanie
      24 Sep 2020
      3:26pm

      I’m here to second the Hoka One Ones on the comfort and support front. They are almost deliberately awful to look at but, man, if you’re a walker they cannot be beat. I go for the Stinson model — the most uber cushy of them all — and add orthotics: heaven. While my fashionable and ladylike aunt clearly does not approve of the choice, I saw several people wearing them in France last summer and that’s all I need to feel vindicated on the style issue. Here in Boulder, CO, they are part of the local uniform.

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    Elle
    24 Sep 2020
    11:55am

    I was feeling myself with a pair of leather high top Vans. Spied teen wearing same shoe. No more Vans for me.

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    Kelly Dwyer
    24 Sep 2020
    11:56am

    What do you think of Allbirds? Are they very uncool? I love how comfy they are.

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      Mindy
      24 Sep 2020
      12:25pm

      If you love them, then they are cool. 🙂 I think they look really nice, though I haven’t tried them yet. They are on my list when my Adidas wear out.

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      ceejay
      26 Sep 2020
      2:53pm

      Love my allbirds! great for travel, because they are wool they don’t make your feet sweat AND you can wear them without socks. My feet are always cold and Allbirds keep them warm and toasty and dry. Only drawback – you look like a Silicon Valley clone if you wear them with Lululemon or a Patagonia vest.

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    Cynthia
    24 Sep 2020
    11:46am

    Greetings from Charleston, SC!
    Love the Podcast and love your blog! I struggle with the entire effin aging process and I don’t want to! You and Tally are helping! Namaste!

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    kiki
    24 Sep 2020
    12:33pm

    the Nike AF1’s are SUPER heavy. Just a word of caution for those concerned with such things. They hurt my big-toe tendon! Same with Jordan’s. They look awesome, but are not made for walking.

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    Viajera
    24 Sep 2020
    12:36pm

    Well … Kim, you have already been to a podiatrist or a good running shoe store? Bc the knee thing might be bc of your feet. I have had great luck with this. Actually, the REI shoe people (that is an outdoor chain out here) had better recommendations than my millenial podiatrist (who was excellent, but just can’t relate yet …) I promise I don’t work for them, but … Superfeet!!! Yeeeeeessss.

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      HickfromStyx
      24 Sep 2020
      2:18pm

      Pronation seems to be a popular cause of knee pain. And fallen arches. First advice I got: don’t wear Uggs. Well, I never did, but winter boots of any kind seem to be the trigger. Keeping warm and getting good foot support are not compatible goals, I guess.

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      suz
      24 Sep 2020
      7:06pm

      Second the podiatrist/ REI staff recommendations. (there is an REI in the Puck bldg in NY). Knee issues tend to always be related to foot issues and eventually messes up your hips and /or back. Superfeet or custom orthotics fix most of it. Orthotics fit into converse nicely btw.

      I can’t wear most cool sneakers anymore.

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        Viajera
        25 Sep 2020
        2:15am

        Oh wow, I didn’t know it was on the East Coast too. Excellent. Superfeet makes special ones for ice skates, and maybe cowboy boots? (Or I may be imagining that. I went hiking and now I am zoned out …) I would love to get in better shape and do some skating. Maybe even roller skating. I never got good at going backward.

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    Kate
    24 Sep 2020
    2:57pm

    Have you looked into hip tightness/ hip strength as a cause of your knee pain? I struggled for years with crappy knee pain before finding out the culprit was my hips…of course I also never went to the doctor because I thought it was just normal aging. doh! Good luck and I hope you find some relief.

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      Viajera
      25 Sep 2020
      2:17am

      Ooooh oooh ooh! That happened to me too. It was my IT band, and my friend sent me links to a roller exercise on something called popsugar, and, it fixed my knee and helped my back, which had been hurting off and on for years. (In retrospect, maybe I should have thought more about possible causes for that … it *is* all connected …) but anyways, a $20 roller and I felt better than I had in years. Bodies are fascinating.

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    Mamavalveeta03
    24 Sep 2020
    3:11pm

    Welcome to The Bad Knee Club, Kim. I used to be a runner, but it’s been about 15 yrs since I was regularly logging miles. I was one of those people that went from couch potato to exercise fanatic (Exercise evangelists are SO annoying, I know!) and I really did a number on my knees. I also have serious Achilles’ tendon issues that I’ve had surgery for on the left, and tears that I have seen a podiatrist for in the recent past. No more heels or clogs for me, not that I ever was big into high heels. Now, I always have to find a sneaker that accompanies an orthotic insole (sexy) and i just settled on a pair of Rykas purely for exercise walking that are doing a good job for me…but my knees still burn. The Golas are catching my eye for casual wear. Bought my daughter a pair of Vejas for graduation and the break-in period is no joke – She BLED through her socks!

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    Jax
    24 Sep 2020
    10:21pm

    Sigh, I’m always a sucker for Golas.
    And Onitsukas.

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    Candy
    24 Sep 2020
    1:00pm

    The Golas are men’s shoes, so be sure and look at what their sizes correspond to women’s. The size 10 Gola is a size 12 in women’s, for example, which is exciting for me, but probably not for most of you.

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    Maryse
    24 Sep 2020
    1:17pm

    OMG those Nikes with the fur! They are hideous!!! And yet…I’ve just spent the last 15 minutes looking for a size 11. I think I’ll wait. If I can’t stop thinking about them in a few days, and I find my size, then they were meant to be (that’s my rule for pulling the trigger on stuff that could be considered a bit whackado).

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      CC
      25 Sep 2020
      8:31am

      I enjoyed the journey your comment took me on, Maryse!

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      Kay
      25 Sep 2020
      8:39am

      If you go to the Nike website, they have size 11 in stock. For when you’re still thinking about them in a few days. 🙂

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        heartbeet
        25 Sep 2020
        11:32am

        Link to the Nike site? I really love these shoes, but like Maryse, I’m going to wait a few days to see if the bug goes away. But I’m worried about finding my size. I keep searching the Nike website without luck.

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    Amy
    24 Sep 2020
    1:24pm

    Has anyone tried Cariumas? They may be next on my sneaker list to try. They seem to be very responsible about resources and materials.
    https://cariuma.com

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    Annabelle
    24 Sep 2020
    12:47pm

    I have a pair of high top P448s and they are amazingly comfortable. I can wear them without socks and they feel so good! They’ve got some kind of wacky color combos, and even though I am a decidedly not-whacky dresser, I love a lot of them.
    Allbirds also rock in terms of comfort and support, but I appreciate they’re not for everyone.
    I know lots of people love Supergas but I agree with Missannethrope, they are stiff and hard and blister-causing. I want to love my Vejas but am having a hard time breaking them in and am starting to lose hope…

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      kimbersam
      24 Sep 2020
      2:15pm

      I’ve been wearing P448’s for about a year and have 4 pairs (hides face). I think they are more shoe-like than sneaker-like. I came across them while looking at Golden Goose sneakers and scoffing at the price.

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        Bkmam
        24 Sep 2020
        3:26pm

        I have two pairs of Golden Goose. They’re definitely pricey, but I never had to ‘break’ them in. First pair was a splurge, but they were so comfortable I got a second pair maybe a year or two later when I saw on sale. Both are still in rotation, still comfortable as ever. I admired a friend’s Vejas, and she admitted they tore up her feet.
        I also have a pair of On that I wear for running. The website used to offer a 30 day trial period, in case you want to test out.

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    Ashley
    25 Sep 2020
    9:22am

    I also have a history of ankle/knee issues and my go-to sneakers are Ecco Soft 7s. They come in a million colors, are cute and simple, and offer awesome support.

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    Marit McCabe
    25 Sep 2020
    11:27am

    so impressive, y’all! Your combined knowledge goes deep into cool looking slides, while also thinking about how to keep our uh, slightly weathered bodies comfy and supported. As a high archer any sneaker that’s flat inside Is off my list, no matter how much I love their look (converse, Superga, I mourn your departure from my closet). Insoles/orthotics don’t help, ‘cos they raise my foot so my heel slips out. Shout out to Hoka! They’re so much sleeker than when they first came out; their height compensates for my aging and shrinking back (Every millimeter counts); super supportive and so comfy; terrifically awful (Jolie laide) colors.

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    Missannethrope
    24 Sep 2020
    7:06am

    I finally got a pair of Supergas and I’m afraid I hate them. They’re heavy and hard to walk in and have zero support. But they sure are cute!

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      kimbersam
      24 Sep 2020
      2:36pm

      I hate Supergas too! They ripped up my heels. Apparently, Catherine Middleton is a big fan of the brand. I don’t know why I know this….

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      D.Morgendorffer
      24 Sep 2020
      10:05am

      Missannethrope(love the name), you made me think of a recent purchase. I bought a pair of Oofos clogs this month (Camo Black) because I wanted to have machine washable shoes if I ever enter a VA hospital. Being married to someone who worked in an ER for a decade, I didn’t want the heft of Super Birkis or Z-Coils. (Plus, I want actual hospital workers to have plenty of Super Birkis in stock.) Anyway, I have the clogs reserved for hospital wear, but I’ve found myself sneaking over to them occasionally to wear for a minute like a foot massage. So, I guess I’ll eventually have to get a pair for regular use! Let me stress, sizing up is probably good idea with the clogs. I’m an 8.5 and got a size 9 as Oofos advises going up the next size for half sizes. The 9s have plenty of room in the toes, but I’ll have to stick wearing them with thin socks. For thicker socks, I’d get a 10. https://www.oofos.com/collections/womens-clogs

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        Viajera
        24 Sep 2020
        12:43pm

        Wow those Oofos look very interesting. Thanks, D!

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    Jenny
    24 Sep 2020
    11:32am

    What vexes me about so many cute sneakers (looking at you, Converse) is that they are generally shaped for men’s feet and have little support. When my divorce settlement is done and I have money, I’m going to splurge on Office of Angela Scott or Freda Salvador sneakers. But those Kruzins are also catching my eye.

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      EW
      24 Sep 2020
      2:02pm

      Just splurged on a pair Angela Scotts, verdict: AWESOMENESS.

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        Jenny
        24 Sep 2020
        4:01pm

        Say more! Did you get the sneakers or proper shoes?

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          EW
          25 Sep 2020
          2:57pm

          Miss Lucy platform oxfords – they are beautifully made and really light considering the chunky soles…….2 Thumbs Up. also, goes with everything as an dressy alternative to sneaks
          Plan to wear theme with some faux leather joggers from earlier post – thanks to KF!

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        doyenne
        25 Sep 2020
        3:04pm

        Dios mio, those Angela Scotts are BEAUTEOUS!!!

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    Cathy
    24 Sep 2020
    11:21am

    Do you ever go into TipTop Shoes on West 72nd? I always find great sneakers there and they are the ones that introduced me to On. My Ons are so much more comfortable than the Veja or Superga sneakers I have.

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      Elisa
      24 Sep 2020
      1:27pm

      New convert to On Clouds. Extremely comfortable and sort of stylish too. I have all-black ones but I think some of their color combinations are intriguing.

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      Lornag
      24 Sep 2020
      11:45am

      Good idea! I also have bad knees and need more arch support than a lot of cool looking sneakers provide.

      I LOVE Tip Top kids the people who work there are soooooo nice and have the BEST customer service.

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    Cora
    24 Sep 2020
    10:41am

    I have these very Vejas and I love them 🙂 I’ve had knee troubles since I was 16 or so (Karate accident), and my knee bothers me as soon as the weather turns colder … so no heels for me, but Blundies and Solovair in autumn and winter.

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    Jamie Samons
    24 Sep 2020
    9:33am

    For some seriously next-level-bonkers sneakers, check out Kruzin . I admit to owning too many pairs, but I always get enthusiastic compliments when I wear them. (https://www.kruzinfootwear.com/adults)

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    cw
    24 Sep 2020
    8:39am

    Nike has a customize thingy which I’ve used in the past. Even if you don’t end up ordering it’s a pleasant rabbit hole to while away a “few” minutes. My shoe wardrobe has devolved to sneakers, loafers and boots with the occasional flip flop for summer so new sneakers are always on my wish list!

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    Eloise
    24 Sep 2020
    8:02am

    I bought a pair of Veja sneaks a few years ago – they were adorable BUT the back tab-y thing cut into the back of my foot so badly I had sores/scabs. I went back to channeling my inner high schooler and wear Tretorns.

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      Mamavalveeta03
      24 Sep 2020
      3:42pm

      Same for my daughter! She bled through her socks. I just ordered a pair of Tretorn Nylite 2 Leopard print sneaks, so I’m glad you like them.

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        Eloise
        25 Sep 2020
        11:39am

        Heading off to google Tretorn Leopard print….can always use one more pair, right?

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    Caroline
    24 Sep 2020
    8:20am

    Hmm.. those Onitsuka tiger ones are pretty tempting. They look like they may actually be comfortable.
    FYI, Superga also makes good suede high tops with shearling. I wore mind to death.
    Also my teenage daughter lives in those Nike Air 1’s. Or I would have pulled the trigger long ago. There comfy and cute as hell.

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    Rita
    24 Sep 2020
    5:31pm

    Those Onitsukas are taking me back to the 70’s when I thought I was all that with my Jox sneakers from Thom McAn.

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    E K
    28 Sep 2020
    10:05pm

    I had to break up with Nike when I found out their political contributions sway majority red and their campaign finance reform score is -48. Sticking with Adidas and Puma for now but very tempted by the Onitsuka Tigers.

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    Sal
    25 Sep 2020
    11:13pm

    I just want to say you’re reading my mind, Kim…knee/hip probs over here and I’m 10 yrs younger than you UGH. I thought Birkenstocks would be good for summer and in many ways they are, but I just realized that nothing tops wearing my Nikes, like walking on pillows. Halves my pain. Props to you for posting about this topic. It’s helpful to feel less alone when I’ve been whining to myself lately about this.

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