Two catalogs arrived in my mailbox on the same day last week: Athleta and MPG.
Both sell athleisure wear, and both showed almost all of their models in the same few pairs of shoes.
A little more research showed that these styles are everywhere.
The primary look is black or dark gray sneakers like these:
(Top: New Balance, Bottom: Nike Juvenate).
I like the pop of red on this Saucony pair:
The second look is slip-on sneakers, especially with a thick platform sole:
(1. Bernie Mev Mid-Dynasty, 2. Vince, 3. Ash, 4. Vans).
I bought the Ash pair over two years ago and they’ve been champs. They are supremely comfortable and I often get complimented when wearing them.
Two bonus styles that I’ve been seeing a lot: Golden Goose and Allbirds sneakers.
Despite their similar avian-related names and the fact that both make athletic shoes, these companies are quite different.
Based on price alone, I don’t think anyone would actually try to work out in Golden Goose Deluxe Brand shoes. They start at $400.
These are $460 (!!!!)
As a company, Allbirds is unique. They currently make one style of wool sneakers in a limited selection of colors (four for women).
Here they are in Natural Gray:
I’m curious to try these Allbirds.