I wouldn't call myself a sneaker person. Even in the gym I demand a pair with flare. But on a few recent trips that required pounding the pavement, my fellow travelers have required me to at least pack them for their sake. During Paris Fashion Week a few seasons back, my dear friend kindly told me that I was not, under any circumstance, to leave our hotel without my "trainers" on, as she wouldn't stand for me hobbling along behind her in heeled booties for one more day. In Seville this summer, I agreed to pair a dress with my classic Stan Smiths because at some point on every trip Mike likes to compare my footwear choice to the time I wore platform sandals to Mount Rainier. To my credit, no one told me there would be snow in June and I didn't know that we were going hiking...in a National Park.
I wore a brightly colored pair of New Balance like the ones above to last weekends' Womens March because nothing was holding me back. And since I plan to do quite a bit more traveling and, much more importantly -- marching! -- I'm adding kicks to my shoe collection. They really do make it easier to walk for miles -- who knew?
Obviously, I'm down for anything gilded and gold, so I'm crazy about these. For those that prefer sterling (or white gold, ahem), click here.