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Students sport brand-name sneakers in latest fashion trend

Posted on April 16, 2014 | by Maggie O'Neill

Edelawit Hussien for WSN

This season, tennis shoes have proven to be a comfortable option and also a very chic element to accompany outfits of all types.

Designers such as Chanel have made sneakers more glamorous than before. Considering that one pair of Chanel high tops costs $950, it is important to keep in mind that there are many more affordable options that are trendy as well.

Many students around campus have been seen sporting New Balance sneakers.  New Balance offers a wide variety of colors and styles and many of their shoes are budget-friendly, staying in the $100 range.  New Balance offers shoes for running, walking, cross-training, hiking, casual athletics and other sports.

Another brand in the sneaker spotlight is Nike. Nike Frees are becoming increasingly popular.  There are multiple types of Nike Frees, including sportswear and training shoes. Customized options can be expensive, but the basic Nike Frees, which come in various colors, are reasonably priced (from $100). They are sure to last a long time thanks to the brand’s  high quality.

High tops have never quite gone out of style  since they hit the scene when Chuck Taylor All Stars became a trend in the 1960s.  Still available in their original form today, these Converse shoes are a sensible option for many reasons. One selling point is that the prices are practically unbeatable, with many styles around $50. Chuck Taylors typically go with almost anything — the same pair can be worn with denim shorts and a T-shirt or a floral print sundress.

Another classic option is Vans. Known for being durable, simple and appropriate for all ages, Vans can be a staple of any person’s shoe closet.  The Vans Silhouettes come in various different styles, including low top, slip-on, high top, original classic and mid-top ($45-60). After choosing a style, one can choose from either a diverse group of solid colors or a pattern. Prominent choices include the animal print, floral print, checkerboard and striped patterns. The shoes also come in an impressive range of materials. One can choose from canvas, neon, metallic, leather, glitter, novelty and suede.

Finally, Ash sneakers have been trending due to the normcore style. Bulky with obnoxious animal print and camouflage patterns, a pair of chunky Ash slip-ons can spice up any casual ensemble that lacks a little detail (from $200). Some Ash sneakers, such as the Ash Bowie hidden wedge sneaker and the Ash cool sneaker, include heels to combine amenity with high fashion for an upbeat street-style look. While slightly more expensive than other tennis shoe options, these are sure to draw attention when matched with any outfit.

A version of this article appeared in the Wednesday, April 16 print edition. Maggie O’Neill is a staff writer. Email her at


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