by Yeonju Oh
Sneakers are the ultimate everyday accessory and yet a true fashion statement all by themselves. From casual to trendy, uniform to out-of-this-world, they can fit in at any social function, wow any crowd, and still perfect for your everyday tasks.
Although they may not seem to be the most welcoming footwear for the fall and winter seasons, sneakers are surprisingly versatile. Here are some of MODA’s favorites for fashionistas.
Converse Fall 2012 Jack Purcell Johnny Washed Canvas
If you look for a “go-to” pair of sneakers, Converse is a must-have because they are lightweight, simple and comfortable. Returning this fall is the Jonny edition of the classic Converse low-top Jack Purcell sneakers. Featuring navy-washed canvas with a thick rubber white foxing toe bumper, these changes give the shoes extra comfort and an upgraded style. This item is available from Converse’s online store for $80.
VANS California SK8-Hi Slim Zig Zag Pattern
If you want to keep your feet warm and look cool at the same time, hightop sneakers are a trendy and smart answer. Vans released a new design hightop sneaker for their Fall/Winter 2012 collection, the SK8-Hi Slim. Available in both brown and black, this sneaker features a unique and dazzling Aztec-style decoration. These touches bring to mind Native American culture, reinterpreting the artistic style in an innovative, modern twist. This item is available from Vans California’s online store for $70.
Stussy x Nike Off Mountain S&S Capsule Collection
This sneaker is an extraordinary collaboration by Nike and Stussy, the latter familiar to fans of streetwear and hip-hop culture. For the capsule collection, Stussy’s own strong streetwear brand and Nike’s Off Mountain System were fused to create the next wave in sneaker design. This new collaborative sneaker line presents low, mid and high tops, all with stylish color combinations, from pink and brown to orange and mint. Additionally, this collection attracts people with its high utility, and so if you’re still looking for a stylish pair of shoes to survive a Wisconsin winter, take a look at these options, designed especially for winter conditions of snow and slush. This collection is available from the Stussy online store.
Nike Air Footscape Woven Chukka Wool Fall/Winter 2012
If you’re simply looking for a nice pair of kicks this fall, Nike has the perfect option in this trendy sneaker, offered in a variety of earthy, toned-down colors. Featuring mostly basic, dark colors, the woven parts of the sneakers present multiple shades and designs, including bright neon hues. It’s these woven aspects that give the shoes a fresh and vivacious look, setting them apart from all the rest. This item will be available in November on the Nike official store.
Vans California “Birds” Authentic CA Pack Fall/Winter 2012
Vans authentic shoes are one of the most popular for those looking for style on a budget. The classic line takes the initiative for this Fall/Winter 2012 season with unique canvas bird graphics that showcase the brand’s quirky spirit. Consisting of the two main colors blue and hunter green, this low top canvas covered with a fantastic bird print is sure to make a statement this season.