While many trends tend to be cyclical, good shoes always stand the test of time. You might see a new style of shoe pop up from time to time, or there might be an example of a fashionable pair of sneakers getting some well-deserved recognition for their versatility, but for the most part classics are popular for a raison.
Case in point: I wore Nike Air Force 1 sneakers throughout my teenage years and found myself pairing them with everything from my favorite jeans to dresses if I wanted a casual yet put-together look. Best of all, they were still super comfortable; I could wear them all day and not feel any discomfort. But, after a while, they started to go out of fashion (meaning I thought I had grown out of them) and I switched to a pair of Converse. I stored Nike sneakers in my closet and didn’t hesitate to put them back on for years.
Fast forward to 2020, and suddenly social media and celebrities like Hailey Bieber convinced people that Air Force 1s were the essential shoe to own. So, I went rummaging through my closet and found my pair, hoping they would still fit. I ended up bringing them to college, exhausted them, and now have them with me in my apartment in New York. It’s safe to say this is the type of shoe you’ll love if you don’t want to buy a new pair every season.
To buy: nordstrom.com, $110
The sneakers are made of a durable leather with a synthetic lining, so they are super comfortable and breathable. The shoes have extra padding around the heels and toes for a consistent, floaty step every time, making them the perfect pair for travel; you’ll have a reduced risk of getting annoying blisters and you’ll be able to do all your sightseeing hassle-free. Additionally, the rubber soles make the shoes durable and provide plenty of traction for everyday use.
Shoppers agree that Nike sneakers are a must-have for everyday and travel because you can dress them up and down. They have “very comfortable insoles for walking around campus and they fit everything,” wrote a Nordstrom reviewer. Another wearer said he felt like “walking on clouds”. Finally, one shopper confirmed how essential sneakers are by writing, “These are by far one of the most versatile shoes I’ve purchased! The sleek solid color finish makes it easy to match and style with any outfit.
While classic white is my favorite style, you can also pick them up in white with a fun gold accent in the Nike swoosh logo at Nordstrom, while also choosing from women’s sizes 5-12, including half sizes. If you’re planning your next getaway and need a pair of fashionable yet durable sneakers that won’t wear down your feet, be sure to check out my favorite Air Force 1s. They are sure to become a wardrobe staple in no time.
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