The streetwear trend has amassed a huge following among even the chicest of fashion people over the last few years, and where it was once fairly uncommon to spot a comfortable pair of shoes at Fashion Weeks around the world, now it's basically become the norm. Three years ago I underwent double foot surgeries and at the time the sneaker trend had really just begun to pick up some serious steam. This all came about at a welcome time for me, as once I was actually able to wear something other than a surgical bootie, my only option was sneakers. This gave me an excuse to dive right on into the sneaker trend, and once I started I simply couldn't stop. My sneaker collection is probably the only thing that has begun to rival my handbag collection, and I've acquired over 10 pairs over the last couple of years. Like a great handbag, I love how versatile sneakers really are. They're not only comfortable and incredibly stylish, but like the perfect handbag, the right pair of sneakers can change any look.
I'm clearly not the only one that has embraced this trend, and a few years ago when I was obsessed with the idea of getting Yeezys—please don't judge me!—I joked that sneaker heads were way more committed than fashionistas! Snagging my Mansur Gavriel Bucket Bag back in the day was easier than trying to cop a pair of Yeezys on drop day. Though I have a couple of pairs that are a bit on the basic side so to speak, like my Adidas Stan Smiths and my Adidas Superstars, most of the time I like my sneakers to be a bit elevated—like most things in my life! My Converse high-tops are leather, and my favorite Nike Air Force 1s aren't the same basic white ones that everyone has. If I'm going to do the sneaker trend, I'm going to do it my way. Lately I find myself wearing sneakers more and more, and when I'm picking out my outfit, I often pair my sneakers to the handbag I'm carrying and continue to build my outfit from there. I love my sneakers like I love my bags. Shop my favorite pairings below—a mix of personal favorites and combos I'd love to have!