In the mood to check out some sneakers

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Sneakers are what I’m living in these days, and lord knows I have enough of them, but I’m always up for looking at more, starting with these cool camo Seavees.

I love Chuck Taylors because they’re so timeless, and I especially like them in a nice, retroish hue like this.

These Pumas have a platform-ish sole, which I appreciate, and also come in this good off-white.

These Supergas have an even higher platform, and are canvas, which is nice when it starts to get hot out.

I like how bright and poppy these Onitsuka Tigers are.

I’m a big fan of the Adidas Sambarose—I traipsed through Portugal in them last year and they did not let me down.

Here’s a sneaker from Vince that’s good for when the occasion calls for something a bit more streamlined. I also dig them in this snakeskin iteration.

The subtle pops of orange here please me.

This mule sneaker from Tretorn would be aces for padding around at home.

Another great color combination on this pair of Golas.

This snakeskin pair is about as snappy as it gets. I could see wearing them with slouchy trousers and a tee.

I’m not a huge fan of the trend for huge clunky sneakers, but I do like these, from Karhu.

If I could only own one pair of sneakers, that pair just might be these red Pumas: a truly timeless style in a great color.

I’m also kind of in the mood for this classic Vans checkerboard sneaker.

And finally: this modified high-top from Rag & Bone would be great any time of year.

 

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    Liz
    14 May 2020
    9:07am

    I have the red Pumas, but they run long. I was constantly tripping in them because the toe box is too long. Also, they made my feet look kind of big and clownish. They’re deceptively cute in the photo.

    I wound up buying blue and gold Golas instead, and they were the cutest sneakers I’ve ever had. Thanks for reminding me I have to replace them.

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    patricia blaettler
    14 May 2020
    11:01am

    When I was a teenager I had a red Puma t-shirt. It was my favorite t-shirt ever.

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    joannawnyc
    13 May 2020
    12:31pm

    Love the Tretorn mules but given I have purchased 2 other pairs of white slip on mules that just didn’t work on me, I think I am going to call a halt.

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      joannawnyc
      13 May 2020
      12:33pm

      Even though I still want them!

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    StephB
    13 May 2020
    11:30am

    I bought the platform Puma shoe (off/white) from a prior post and have been meaning to comment that aside from being stylish, they are exceptionally comfortable – and believe me I had ordered about six pairs of other tennis shooed before these and had to return them. Thanks for the recommendation, Kim.

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      c.w.
      13 May 2020
      1:24pm

      Speaking of things Kim has recommended….I bought the cross body Bagu bag Kim posted about a while ago, I believe in orange, I chose the pink color. It’s perfect. Bright, plenty of room for phone, wallet, sunglasses and the gloves I wear to Trader Joe’s with room left over. And if I ever get to go anywhere other than the Trader Joe’s Senior Shopping Hour––which has become my thrill of the week––then I will carry this bag.

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    maryse
    13 May 2020
    12:15pm

    I have the same pair of navy/black Samba Rose that you bought for Portugal and I love them. and if i can find those red pumas in my size they will be mine. Love the platform Supergas but they don’t make them in my size. The men’s sizes of course don’t come with a platform. Ugh, now I want to buy sneakers.

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    Elizabeth
    13 May 2020
    2:03pm

    So many of these are really cute and tempting! Anyone know if some of these brands and styles are good for a wide-ish foot with a high arch? (PS Regarding the Vans shown, now I have Fast Times of Ridgemont High now stuck in my mind–haha!)

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      Lynae
      13 May 2020
      4:44pm

      I have both a wide foot and high arch. To relive my youth, I recently ordered a pair of custom Vans, which come in a wide width. It’s fun–you can pick/tailor all the parts of the shoe–the pattern, the sides, etc. (I got rainbow checks which I love ). They arrived quickly, too.
      Although not on this list, I love Allbirds–they are remarkably comfortable, and have fit my foot perfectly–I usually wear a half size and sized up.

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    Gablesgirl
    13 May 2020
    7:30pm

    Hi Kim, do you think that the Sambra Rose gives a slight platform? I really would liek that feel.

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    LisaC
    13 May 2020
    4:00pm

    I just ordered the red Pumas after debating all day. Because who doesn’t need bright red shoes in a pandemic?

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    Almane
    14 May 2020
    9:34pm

    I have been eying these: https://www.diadora.com/en/us/equipe_h_dirty_stone_wash_evo/201.174736.html
    I got the men’s version of these for my husband and he loves them. He’s picky with shoes and they were instantly comfy for him. Now I want a pair!

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    Dana D
    13 May 2020
    10:29am

    Glad you included the Veja pair…for other excellent fair-trade and planet-friendly options, check out the brands at Well Made Clothes (in New Zealand, so yes, one has to balance the planetary cost of shipping long distance…).

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    c.w.
    13 May 2020
    8:51am

    My mantra this morning is going to have to be, “you don’t need another pair of sneakers” I have two pair of sneakers and one pair of sandals that I purchased right before the Pandemic hit and have not worn out of the condo. It would be ridiculous for me to buy another pair of sneakers and yet…the red pumas, the snakeskin and who doesn’t need another pair of Vans?!?!?

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      Heather
      13 May 2020
      12:49pm

      Right? I went on a mini-buying-spree (by my standards, which means maybe 5-6 things) earlier this month, inspired by warmer weather. Now it’s cold again, plus I’ll be working from home at least till the end of July, and likely, in some form or another, in the fall semester as well. So I could not buy clothes until 2021 and be COMPLETELY fine. Sigh…

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        Jenny
        13 May 2020
        2:19pm

        But if you’re still visible online, don’t you have the same justification to buy new clothes as you would if you were going outside? (Maybe not shoes and bags…sigh). And it’s also true that clothes aren’t just how we speak to others, they are how we speak to ourselves (today my clothes and I are talking about how little I want to be working and hoping I’ve found a halfway point between proper collared shirt and workout t-shirt to get through the day). And maybe there’s something really pretty and inspiring available now, like a deeply discounted skirt I bought that was from last year’s collection. I’m not advocating mindless spending. But this period of confinement is an interesting opportunity to think about all the things we’re doing with our clothes and our presentation.

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