The Shoes Everyone’s Wearing

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:

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(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:

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(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.







Ash Sneakers

Last spring I fell hard for these Ash “Jungle” slip on sneakers:



Why they are awesome:

  • They are comfortable
  • Really comfortable
  • They have a cool platform that adds at least an inch of height, which I don’t need but love

I liked them so much that I had to get a second pair, this time in a cool metallic leather:

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These will be perfect for fall city adventures.