The rise of streetwear culture in fashion has been somewhat of a phenomenon over the last eight years or so. Gone are the Sex and the City days, where girls night out meant slinky tops with sky high Jimmy Choos and a sparkly evening bag. These days, fashion lovers are trading their height-boosting shoes for a flatter, more functional—but just as fashionable—option: sneakers. Certain pairs of sneakers can be just as coveted, if not harder to find, than even the most lusted after of it bags, and sneakerheads who also happen to be big time handbag collectors (like myself) know how similar the two industries can be. Both can feel exclusive at times, parading themselves as a cool-kids only club for those in the know, but at the core collectors of either variety (or those who love both) know that a genuine passion is about so much more than just the hype factor.
I've been collecting handbags for well over a decade and sneakers for almost an entire one as well, and while bags will always be my first love, sneaks have become a true passion of mine. What I love about sneakers is the fun you can have with them, they are so easy to wear and can transform any outfit—just like a handbag! I love to have fun with them, and my passion for cool kicks has really helped me explore my personal style as well, allowing me to slowly embrace more color little by little.
Below I've rounded up a list of perfect pairings I'm loving right now, including sets that actually exist in my rotation as well as the ones that exist in my dreams (looking at you lemon drop Dunks and BV Casette). Are you a sneaker lover too? Let me know in the comments below, I'd love to talk kicks with you!