Are Sneakers the New High Fashion?
Recently, while watching TV news, there was a brief segment featuring a variety of women on Manhattan streets wearing sneakers with summer dresses. The TV reporter asked the women why they were wearing sneakers with skirts and dresses instead of high heels. Almost all the women responded that they were wearing the sneakers not only for comfort, but also as a fashion statement.
Today's sneakers come in a wide variety of styles and colors. According to the news report, wearers of Nike, Adidas, and other brands are up 37%, as opposed to high heels, of which sales are down 11%.
At the royal wedding festivities of Meghan and Harry, it was reported that tennis star Venus Williams wore sneakers under her gown.
Is foot comfort taking precedence over classic shoe fashion? Are women eschewing high heels in favor of sneakers? Is this just a fad or is it a true fashion trend? It may be interesting to see.
Evan Kelner, DPM