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The Year Of The Sneaker

(Image: Libertine by Cipher, US$650)

Never before have we in the fashion industry been so … comfortable.

First we stepped down from the seven inch platforms into a regular four-inch stiletto (which felt positively dreamy), but designers went further still. Next was the low heel – block and kitten. Enough to make us push our higher heels to the back of the wardrobe for daily escapades. Then there were flats. Not pretty, in fact, they could be slotted into a very bizarre trend category I like to call Ugly Chic. Think the fur trimmed slides and patent leather, chunky soled things that have been flying out of the shops.

Now? Well, there’s only one more step to go to from here: the sneaker.

Not even a wedge sneaker which have had me extolling their virtues for the past three years.

Nope, these are actual flat sneakers now being designed to within an inch of their leather soled life, seen on everyone from Beyonce to Natalie Portman.  They’re a thing. A big thing. And aren’t we pleased about it!

Not just for the gym, the new sneaker should be teamed with luxe items that will complete your dressed down look. Either enormous, chunky Nikes or a pared-down, espadrill-inspired trainer work this season.

Wear them with: Leather leggings, skinny jeans, leather shorts and sequin mini skirts to really up the ante and take your look cool-bound.


Karla Spetic - Runway - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Australia 2014

Karla Spetic sent her models down the runway (around a pool actually) at MBFW  in white Reeboks to go with the mainly  metallic and white clothes.



Ruby Rose’s brilliant, gold Nikes which she wore during our interview for The Carousel during Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. They looked amazing with her green patent leather skirt and jacket.


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More Nikes…

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Opening Ceremony’s contribution.


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Parallax by Cipher, US$650, website here

Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 3.14.17 PMPierre Hardy, $513.10

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Nike, $120

Written by Nedahl Stelio

Nedahl Stelio was previously editor of Cleo magazine and has been an editor at Cosmopolitan, Good Food and the Fairfax 'Health' section and a contributor for The Carousel. She wrote the book Mojo Mama Secrets. Now Nedahl is the founder and owner of Recreation Beauty.

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