Those of us who rely on public transportation to get around are faced with a daily dilemma: do we suffer all the walking, standing, and jostling in cute but uncomfortable stilettos, or do we sack up and wear comfy kicks at the expense of looking fashionable? While we all know better than to pull the old working gal trick of pairing too-white sneaks and scrunched down socks with pantyhose, it can be pretty tempting some days to build an outfit around our gym shoes and hope everyone thinks were just really cutting edge. Luckily, athletic shoe designers are getting wise to our conundrum and designing stylish sneakers that will at least get us where we need to go in style—if not become a permanent part of our shoe rotation.
Keds Champion Distressed Sneakers ($19.90, were $39.95) are the perfect mixture of form and function. Versatile army green and funky distressed detaling make this a perfect weekend pair.
The Adidas 'Midru' Athletic Shoes ($39.90, were $79.95) are a perfect alternative for the basic white sneaker. And you can even get away with wearing them to the gym.
Black silk. Soft velvet. Dainty bows. Nanette Lepore. Not phrases you'd typically associate with Keds, a sneaker brand famous for their kid-friendly footwear. But these Barefoot flats by Nanette Lepore for Keds ($36.90, were $74.95) defy expectations, taking comfort to a chic and sophisticated level. Easy-to-match black with tan contrast piping and a ladylike bow topper make these the most work-friendly, versatile kicks around.