Forget about mile-high stilettos for a moment and enjoy some shoe comfort. Sneakers can be just as sexy and stylish as wearing a pair of heels. The fashion editors at ESSENCE.com present you with the hottest must-have kicks on the market.
By Qianna Smith & Gwen Covington
Channel your inner “Good Girl Gone Bad” and prance around town in a high-voltage sneaker packed with megawatt color and attraction.
Rock a metallic sneaker this summer and bring edge to your look. Pair with black leggings and a sundress…and voila! Sporty chic!
Nike Vandal High Premium Women’s Show, $92, nike.com.
Nothing says superstar like jewelry for your feet! Go ultra glam with these cool sneakers, featuring 18k gold chains through the laces.
UES Nise – Leather, $299 (Originally $415), tipsntrends.com.
Trendsetting young entrepreneurs Angela and Vanessa Simmons unveiled their line of footwear called Pastry: The Cake Collection in 2007. The line was inspired by their favorite pastries. Check out there cool styles if you love shoes decked out in fun colors and named after tasty treats.
Let your girlie side come out with sneakers accented in the best shade of them all…pink! The zebra spots on these killer kicks add an extra touch of glam and they’ll look great with all black and white ensembles.
DC Women’s Versatile, $85, store.dcshoes.com.
Tons of clothing designers are pairing up with sneaker companies to bring more style to the athletic world. The result is more high style without sacrificing the comfort like these high-tops by Alexander McQueen for Puma.
AMQ Vulcanizo Mid Womens by Alexander McQueen for Puma, $290, puma.com.
First Lady Michelle Obama is lovin’ Lanvin. Mrs. Obama stepped out in style at the Capital Area Food Bank Volunteer Event in these colorful kicks. If you want to mimic her first-class style, head to Barney’s New York where they retail for $540.
On a 90 degree day, let your feet breath! PF Flyers marries fashion and function with these see-through mesh side panels. No sweating or overheating for the feet this summer!
PF-Flyers Vere X-Ray Sheer Nylon Sneakers, $60, planetshoes.com.
Be a rock star in hip sneakers made by the one and only “Fergalicious”! The Black Eyed Pea songbird has a new shoe line called Fergie and she has designed some cute sneakers at great prices. The gold accents make this black sneaker extra special.
Fergie Women’s Azure, $69, fergieshoes.com.
Kick back in a pair of sneakers like singer Keri Hilson, who never sacrifices style for comfort; she makes them go hand-in-hand.
Let your playful side show with cute artsy kicks. A sketch is a cool and unexpected accent for a sneaker. Pair this with your little black dress, or pencil skirt and go sporty glam!
Coach New Arine-Slim High Top, $98, coach.com.
Try something new with extra tall knee-high sneakers. Pair these with your short shorts or miniskirts so the shoe stands out, and gives a major look.
Payless Airwalk Knee High Kicks, $29.99, payless.com.
Our favorite rap star Missy Elliott made sneakers extra chic. The hip-hop diva partnered with Adidas back in 2004 on a sneaker and clothing line called Respect Me.
There’s nothing better than a classic with a new twist. Put aside your solid Converse and try more bold and graphic detail. Black and white is the perfect color combo for this trend.
Converse (PRODUCT) RED™ 1HUND(Red) Artist #54 Rostarr, $70, converse.com.