Like it or not, there’s no running away from sneakers this season.


From left: Chanel; DKNY; Marc for Marc Jacobs Autumn Winter 2014 shows. Credit: Showbit

They are everywhere, on the runway, in magazines and on the feet of the person sitting next to you on the MRT. I can’t think of a good excuse not to jump on the sneaker bandwagon – they are comfortable and judging from the Chanel, DKNY and Marc by Marc Jacobs runway shows, the epitome of style.

This is one trend that sporty babes have no problem hopping on. If you are one of those girls who last wore sneakers for dreaded P.E. classes back in school and have since only donned pretty ballet flats when you do wear flat shoes – I sense your hesitation.

But have you seen the ultra-feminine sneakers on the market? These girlie variations might just change your mind in no time – I know I did.

From left: Love sneakers, $680, from Repetto; Bensimon Tennis Broderie Anglaise sneakers, $99.90, from Common Thread; Keds for Kate Spade New York Champion sneakers available in August 2014, $99 (see below for stockist)

GIRLIE
The new sneaker line by Repetto is as comfy as the brand’s famed ballet flats. I wouldn’t be surprised if the sneakers usurp the flats’ popularity, especially this pale pink pair that brings to mind the femininity of ballet slippers. Speaking of girlie, there’s nothing prettier than eyelet lace to offset the original army grunge of Bensimon tennis shoes. Keds Champion sneakers’ slim fit cut have always been a hit with celebrities like Audrey Hepburn and I bet the ditsy floral print from this season’s collaboration with Kate Spade will be a big hit with the girlie girl crowd.

From left: Lunarglide 6 sneakers available from July 17, 2014, $209, from Nike; Puma XS698 x BWGH Camo sneakers, $390; New Balance CRT300 sneakers available from July 2014, $139 (see below for stockist)

SPORTY
For early adopters of the sneaker trend, now is the time to check out the latest from the big sports labels. The newest Nike Lunarglide offers super cushioning and stability, which your feet will appreciate after dashing from meeting to meeting, and I’m partial how the stark white contrasts with the pink sole to make a statement. Tennis shoes are a classic and the retro-style CRT300 from New Balance goes with anything from a flippy skirt to skinny ankle pants. BWGH (Brooklyn We Go Hard) is the latest collaborator to team up with Puma and sporty girls will be able to rock the camo-print sneakers as well if not better than the dudes.

Stockist:
For a list of Nike locations, go to www.nike.com/sg/en_gb/sl/store-locator.
The Puma XS698 x BWGH Camo sneakers are available at Puma Ion Orchard, Puma Isetan Wisma Atria and authorised dealers.
The New Balance CRT300 sneakers are available at New Balance Concept Stores, Leftfoot & Limited Edt stores.
The Keds for Kate Spade New York collection will be available in August at Stadium at Takashimaya S.C; Royal Sporting House at 313@Somerset, Jurong Point, Junction 8, Marina Square and VivoCity; BHG (Bugis); DOT; Robinsons at Orchard and JEM; Rockstar and Tangs at Orchard
Common Thread is at Ion Orchard #B2-18; Plaza Singapure #B1-36; and Bugis Junction #02-20
Repetto is at Ion Orchard #03-15B