We think that slip-on sneakers have everything going for them, from comfort to functionality to style. Now that designers are factoring in the latter without neglecting the former, we strongly suggest that you get yourself a pair (or more), because slip-ons are walking the streets for autumn 2014.
With materials ranging from plain, prints and graphics to leather, metallic and studs, you’re spoilt for choice. Their versatility doesn’t end there. They’re so eager to please, that they’ll accommodate just about any outfit with which you care to challenge them.
Wear plaid and check slip-ons with black leather pants and an oversized white blouse. Stripes and spots, on the other hand, fit well with monochrome separates. Flowered-up sneakers could have been invented for denim overalls, both cut-off and full length, ripped or not. Or opt instead for a crisp, simple look, with navy espadrilles, white jeans, and a Breton top, or soft cotton sweatshirt.
Animal prints and horticulture are a happy match, whether it’s floral sneakers and blouse, broken up by leopard-look leggings, or vice versa. Alternatively, mix with a mini and dark tights, or substitute with a camouflage pattern.
If it’s graphics that are adorning your feet, let them remain the star of the show, by teaming with a single colour. Leather or suede slip-ons can carry any pattern, but a metallic-finish shoe, or a studded one, demands cuffed jeans and a long coat. A sparkly or lace-covered pair for evenings, however, cry out for chiffon, or conversely, keep them dressed down, but smart, with a leather mini or cropped jeans.
Complete the casual look for autumn by pairing your skirt with a loose tee, or some boyfriend jeans with an baggy jumper. Introduce skinny cargo pants to a cashmere sweater, or distressed denim to a black silk shirt. A floral top sits well on skinny jeans, and would match those flower-print slip-ons. Cropped jeans have a natural affinity with this type of footwear.
Cover up with a winter overcoat, flannel shirt, denim jacket, or black bomber. Slip-on sneakers are a good look for men, too, and give them a chance to show a bit of shapely ankle (that’s right, no socks – of course).
Karl Lagerfeld helped along this trend, with his Spring 2014 couture sneakers for Chanel, for which we’re very grateful. Like you, we’re just glad that it’s hanging around for autumn!
Negin Mirsalehi is wearing a camel midi coat in wool from ASOS, boyfriend Angie jeans from Mango, camel coloured slip-ons from Vince, pink scarf from Pocket and the bag is from Celine
Ava II slip-ons from Senso
Alexandra Pereira is wearing a leopard print slip-ons from Steve Madden
Victoria Tornegren is wearing a leopard print slip-ons from Windsor Smith, jeans from Asos, jacket from River Island, bag from Have2Have and sunglasses from Ray Ban
Katarzyna Tusk is wearing a coat from Arytonm bag and slip-ons shoes from Zara and trousers from TopShop
Felicia Akerstrom is wearing Jeans and sweater from Zara, bag from Givenchy and black slip-ons from Report
Chriselle Lim is wearing black and white slip-ons from Givenchy
Barbora Ondrackova is wearing a sweater from COS, jacket from Choies, jeans from Topshop, snake print slip-ons from H&M and a bag from Chanel
Figtny is wearing a black blazer from Aritzia Wilfred, tank top from Alternative Apparel, denim shorts from Callahan, clutch from Alexander Wang and black and white print slip-ons
Laura Dittrich is wearing a boyfriend jeans and blazer from Zara, T-shirt from H&M, leopard print slip-ons from Dune and a bag from Proenza Schouler
Mija is wearing tartan slip-ons from Celine, hand knitted jumper from I Love Mr. Mittens, bag from Alexander Wang and trousers from Mango
Maria Kragmann is wearing a leather jacket from Moxy Copenhagen, shirt from Zara, trousers from Asos, espadrilles from Chanel, bag from Balenciaga and the sunglasses are from Céline
Alexandra Pereira is wearing a T-shirt from Free People, skirt from Styligion, bag from Proenza Schouler, espadrilles by Chanel and sunglasses from Anine Bing
Katarina Vidic is wearing black slip-ons from TopShop, denim shorts from H&M, and camisole and blazer from Young Hungry Free
Stella Wants To Die is wearing black slip-ons from Aldo, white T-shirt from H&M and a bag from Su-Shi
Annabelle Fleur is wearing a show wash jean leggings from Express, leather silver metallic slip-ons from Scarmo and a boy flap bag from Chanel
Kayla Seah is wearing a coat from Club Monaco, top from Blush, trousers from Zara, leopard print slip-ons from Aldo
Katarina Vidic is wearing a trousers and shirt from H&M, black slip-ons from Topshop and the bomber jacket from Young Hungry Free
Aimee Song is wearing a casual denim shirt, white shorts, slip-ons and bag all from Michael Kors
Thao Nhi Le is wearing black baggy trousers and grid top from Mango and slip-ons from Oxmox
Kryz Uy is wearing a white dress from Sheinside, bra from Triangl, sunglasses from Triwa and leopard print slip-ons from Steve Madden
Sirma Markova is wearing black textured slip-on sneakers from Choies