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The Sneaker Styles Every Fashion Girl Needs

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    If you ogle shoes as much as we do, you've probably noticed that you can't walk down the street without spotting a sea of sneakers; not to mention, the majority aren't getting swapped out in an office elevator or lobby corner for a fancier alternative. With more lax dress codes and fashion's obsession with comfort (see: baggy dad shirts, Grandma shoes, all-forgiving voluminous pants), it makes sense that walkable footwear has graduated from mere trend to everyday fixture.

    For those who still aren't convinced of their sneaks' non-sweat-sesh fashion prowess, we're here to show that with a bit of creativity, you can bring together an unlikely combo like palazzo pants, a crop top, and taupe Tubulars — and finally give those black ankle boots a breather. To break it down further, we're taking our faves from street style mainstay adidas Originals and transforming them through five unexpected outfits. Whether the foundation begins with timeless Superstars or Stan Smiths, or futuristic newcomers like the NMD, these footwear styles offer the ultimate jumping off point for many a successful, too-cool-for-crippling-heels ensemble. Your guide to becoming a DL sneakerhead, right this way.


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    If you're looking to switch up your usual jeans and tee getup, try pairing a chic tunic with your go-to denim instead. Look for a simple sneaker silhouette, like a neutral low-top, to ground the look. Then, take the outfit up a notch with a metal choker and embroidered clutch.

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    For days when you've piled on basics in the name of comfort, like breathable trousers and a ribbed polo, look to accessories and outerwear to edge up the ensemble. For instance, a tough leather moto jacket, wire-frame aviators, and striped Superstars should do the trick.

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    To counter the ultra-ladylike feel of this breezy midi-dress, introduce streetwear elements like colorblocked sneakers and a boxy denim jacket. A striped top-handle bucket bag in the same black-and-white palette adds a surprising contrast while keeping the look cohesive.

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    A pencil skirt and slinky camisole may be a tried-and-true combo, but when you style it with a sleek high-top sneaker, it looks totally fresh and unexpected. The streamlined silhouettes keep it from feeling too over the top, so you can bring in bright accents like this leather backpack to punch things up.

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    Downplay the feminine pastel hue of these palazzo pants with a black cropped tee and sporty neoprene lace-ups. Like these fancy trousers, a simple plum clutch brings a typical evening element into the daytime for a not-your-average #OOTD. Two-tone sunnies top off the eclectic mix.