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Here’s a scenario: Your office setting demands that you wear a pair of high heels, so you have no choice but to suffer in them for hours on end. At the end of a work day, you head out the door and slip into a pair of foldable flats that you’ve got stashed in your bag, breathing a sigh of relief. Sounds familiar?
Which is why we say hang up your stilettos when it comes to the weekends, girl. Our go-to footwear would be the reliable ol’ sneakers — they are fun, edgy, cool and even feminine, if you know where to look. Ditch the feet torture and slip into one of these. Your feet will thank you for the break.
Below, our favourite trainers:
Miu Miu Miu Run sneakers with crystals, S$1,720
Weekends are made for fun. Show just how much by wearing these Miu Miu bejewelled sneakers, that are a perfect demonstration why dress down weekends do not mean you have to go drab when it comes to your footwear options. These pair will make a shirt dress ensemble all the more lively.
Versace Fluo Barocco print achilles trainers, price available in store
Versace should be on your list of go-to brands if you’re obsessed with colour. And this pair screams rainbow. These summery floral patterned sneakers will add a pop of colour to a simple t-shirt and jeans combo. Finish with a matching scarf knotted round your head.
MM6 Maison Margiela safety sneakers, €475 (S$733.67)
Bored of the silhouettes that are commonly found in the market? Head to Maison Margiela and you’ll find unique and avant-garde designs, such as this pair of chunky orange/grey trainers complete with buckles you’d normally find on a backpack. You say strange? We say genius.
Onitsuka Tiger OK Basketbell LO, S$169
You might pass this Onitsuka Tiger pair off as another patterned sneaker design. But behind the colourful detail lies a rich history of Japanese craftsmanship called sakiori by the Sansa Sakiori Koubo of Saccora Japan. The sakiori woven technique applied here uses old synthetic leather strips that are sewed together to create a new material using a traditional loom. Great for those who want to support environmentally-conscious products or heritage techniques passed down through generations, or if you simply want something vibrant to inject some colour into your shoe collection. BTW, this design also comes in a pink, high top silhouette.
Clarks Tri Spark light pink, S$199
For those who live by the “less is more” ethos, this pair of sleek, blush pink sneakers from Clarks is created for you. Dress with a lightweight, ruffled cotton dress for an effortless date look or with your sports bra and leggings for a weekend hike.
Puma x Sue Tsai Nova Cherry Bombs women’s trainers, S$189
Raise your hand if you went “oooh” the moment you caught sight of this pair. Intricately designed, with floral motifs, neon coral elements and a statement chunky sole, this beautiful pair was born as a result of a collaboration between Puma and New York fine artist Sue Tsai. Comfortable yes, but also, a great addition to a sneakerhead’s collection, especially if you’re into art.
Veja Wata White Pekin, €80 (S$123.61)
Like a great pair of jeans, a pair of white sneakers is a wardrobe staple that everyone needs in their wardrobe. We prefer ours to come with just a touch of colour but with minimal risk, like this Veja pair. The red V logo adds just enough colour to jazz up the pair without distracting from its minimalist aesthetics.