If you're like us, the weekend means lazy mornings, late brunch dates, outdoor activities (weather permitting), and cocktail-infused evenings. To this point, we do away with our stricter "dress codes" and opt, instead, for laid-back silhouettes, casual-cool kicks, and cozy layers. And who can blame us? The thing is, this two-day respite isn't about sacrificing our sense of style, but rather, that we take care to indulge in our off-duty panache, too. Take cues from these street-style pros, who've mixed chic basics (blazers, slick skinny jeans, and loose-fitted t-shirts) with funkier complements (Isabel Marant pumped-up sneakers, classic leather loafers, and old-school Chucks) to create the perfect weekend-warrior ensemble. We've got 15 shots to be exact — so, grab your flats and your favorite pair of worn-in jeans, and get to it.
Celebs are currently obsessed with wearing sneakers in a fashiony way, and today we have more proof via Emma Roberts in Converse and Joy Bryant in Nikes. Both ladies perfected the mix between sporty and chic and are a testament to the fact that sneakers are no longer just for working out. Step inside to get a closer look at Emma and Joy in their sneakers and to shop their outfits, including Emma's exact Madewell polka-dot tank!
Solange Knowles left her funky prints behind and wore a sporty-chic ensemble out in NYC: Adidas silver wing sneakers, Elizabeth and James leopard sunglasses, and a crossbody Chanel bag. Of course, you can't rock this outfit at work or a party, but it's a great option for a day of running errands when you want to be comfy without losing your cool. With sneakers being so huge right now, it's the right time to add Solange's Adidas wing sneakers to your mix, then be sure to also get her wild Elizabeth and James shades. Pair them with your favorite sweats, throw on a designer bag, and there you go, you have yourself the perfect sporty-chic ensemble.
For the girl who can't live without her Chucks, Missoni's fifth — and latest — collaboration with the iconic shoe brand is basically the best thing since sliced bread. Translation: we're obsessed. Available in stores and on converse.com beginning Saturday, April 14, the limited First String lineup will offer two women's-only silhouettes and one unisex style boasting Missoni's famous multistitch fabric. While it's nearly impossible for us to pick our favorite (we're equal opportunists here!), we love that the Spring collaboration shows off a couple of new color palettes — one in shades of pastel green and metallic detailing and the other in soft neutrals accented with peach and metallics. The result? One seriously cool patterned high-top. Priced at $200, we think this may be one of our seasonal sneaker splurges, but with two classic brands at the helm, how can we resist? Click through to see each style from all angles now, then tell us which pair you like best.
While the weekend is most definitely for relaxing, don't let your laid-back point of view affect your downtime-dressing prowess. We're all for piling on our comfiest jeans, softest layers, and worn-in sneakers, but that doesn't mean we let our sense of panache fall by the wayside. Need some weekend warrior inspiration? Take notes from this slick style-setting bunch — it's all about donning your favorite pair of Converse (or pumped-up Isabel Marant kicks) and keeping it simple and chic, from head to toe. Whether you show off your weekend wares with a plush fur coat or top it off with a retro varsity jacket, your Saturday-Sunday mix can maintain its cool even in off-duty mode. Click through now to glean a little more street-infused inspiration for your chilled out wardrobe mashup.
While the weekend provides a two-day reprieve from the 9-to-5 grind, don't let that infringe upon your styling prowess. We're all for kicking back and donning our coziest layers, favorite worn-in jeans, and old-school sneakers, but that doesn't mean we have to sacrifice our sense of chic know-how. Take it from this ultra-cool street-style crew — you can have your (comfort) cake and eat it, too. Pair pumped-up kicks with slick leather pants, rock edgy studded Converse with a classic camel coat, or put your own personal spin on these weekend-warrior styles. Click through now to glean a little more street-infused inspiration for your Saturday-Sunday mashup.
Nothing works better than a great pair of kicks to bring you out of your Winter boot rut, and this season, it's all about the fashion-forward sneaker — high-top, printed, or in cool color combos, the latest way to wear your fashionable footwear is with a pair of skinny jeans, leather leggings, or even a sweet, girlie dress. Whether you go with a classic Converse or Nike pair, or choose to go a bit more contemporary with Michael Kors or Lacoste, there's a sure chance that you'll find some sweet new sneakers to slip into this season.
>> Suddenly they're everywhere. Isabel Marant's have a built-in wedge, Marc Jacobs's have a '90s nostalgic vibe, and Lanvin's are jewel-printed and cap-toed. From the street to the runways, it seems that pumped-up kicks may just be the shoe of the moment. Click through to shop 20 drool-worthy styles, now.
The year is coming to a close, and we want to hear from you! Things might have been up and down this year, but hopefully your sneakers stayed true. Do tell, what brand of sneaker did you wear on your feet while keeping fit during 2011? And after you vote, don't forget to check out all of our other best of 2011 coverage!
Whether you're running, biking, hiking, or going for a brisk walk, nothing's more annoying (or potentially dangerous) than having your shoelaces come undone. You could go for the old standby — the double knot — but it's a pain to untie once you're ready to slip off your sneaks. I learned this trick from a running buddy and haven't looked back since. Check out this step-by-step guide to tying the perfect knot. If you remember how to tie your sneakers like you learned in kindergarten — with the two bunny ears — you're one step ahead.