The Converse Chuck Taylor Country collection.
Photo: Courtesy of Converse
The day has finally come! The 2012 Olympics officially start today (*SQUEE*), which means it's time to show off our team pride in the coolest way we know how—with some flag-inspired Converse Chuck Taylors. By now you should already have your Olympic nail art game and outfit on lock, but if you're looking for some killer kicks to complete the ensemble, we think these bad boys are just the ticket. Converse created seven hi-top sneakers for their limited-edition Country collection, which are covered in colorful digital prints that we LOVE. Check out the Brazil, China, United States and Jamaica-inspired designs above that feature everything from cool geometric triangles to cut-out florals to sleek rainbow ombre. FUNNNN.
It's not news that sneakers are having the heyday of a lifetime as part of the rampant pop culture '90s revival. Which, BTW, is great for those of us with two left feet who fall over ourselves like a newborn fawn at first sight of a pair of stilettos. Sneakers are comfortable, cool, and 100% on-trend. Also, they're totally back-to-school ready, so we've rounded up all the best kicks for your return to class after a deserved summer break.
Printed sneakers for your back-to-school debut.
Sneakers have been colorblocking gold for a few seasons now, but you can ALSO use them for all your mixed print outfit assembling needs! Go ladylike chic with these no-lace printed kicks from Keds ($44.99) or these Liberty-printed Nike ($80.00) Lady Cortez sneakers. Infuse some fashion into your workout with these pastel polka-dotted Nike ($132.56) Free Trainers or show of your wild side with a pair of leopard-print SuperGa ($72.91) plimsolls.
Supra releases new women's collection with Bieber-esque Skytop designs.
Photo: Courtesy of Supra Footwear
We're not saying that Justin Bieber invented the Supra Skytop. Nor are we saying that A-Morir designer Kerin Rose had any baby-faced pop superstars in mind when concocting these sparkly collaboration kicks. We’re merely postulating - nay, hypothesizing - about whether Bieber’s newest album and well-documented love of the Skytop had anything to do with the timing and/or the color scheme of certain styles.
The Wil Fry limited Yeezy 2 T-shirt.
Photo: Via eBay
Just when we thought the hype surrounding Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers was beginning to dwindle, graphic designer Wil Fry brought the term "limited edition" to a WHOLE new level. He released a graphic tee (and we mean that literally—he produced one T-shirt and one T-shirt only) with the sought-after shoes printed across the front and back, which costs—get this—$90,300. YOWCH. Steep price for some Yeezy 2 paraphernalia, eh? Well, not exactly! This is the same price a pair of actual Yeezy 2s closed for on eBay back in June, which makes us think there's a much LARGER artistic statement trying to be made here. *COUGH*The amount of money people are willing to drop on limited-edition anything*COUGH*
Flávia Desgranges van der Linden, Kani Cao and Hope Bidinger.
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Remember a few months ago when we deemed sneaker wedges the "it" shoe for spring? Well, consider us (partially) wrong—sneaker wedges are the "it" shoe for spring and summer. We see no signs of the sporty trend slowing thanks to the endless amounts of ways you can wear this comfy wardrobe staple (think: tulle skirts to floral pants). It has not only inspired girls across the globe to sport sneakers with literally every type of outfit, but it has straight-up sparked an entire resurgence of sneaker culture that we haven't seen in awhile, which means we MUST dedicate this week's style blogger post to the dopest high top ensembles on the interwebs. From pretty and whimsical to bold and badass, we love how these ladies sported sneakers in three totally different ways.
Black Milk x Jeffrey Campbell shoes in Rainbow Galaxy.
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When it comes to shoes, you can never have too much of a good thing. Case in point: our current high heel go-to Jeffrey Campbell and its new collaboration with print-crazy clothing label Black Milk. We already know and love Jeffrey C. for its statement heels, the Litas. Sure, these sky-high laceups might not be the most practical shoes to run around town in, but hey- at least you know you'll look good doing it. And although the label is no stranger to awesome collaborations (it's joined forces with Wildfox and LF before), its latest coupling is a match made in high heel heaven.
Azealia Banks in London on June 26 wearing jelly shoes.
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If there's one scent from childhood we'll never forget, it's the stench of rubber jelly sandals. Don't get us wrong, we loved those shoes TO. DEATH. (um, clear pink with glitter, anyone? *raises hand*) and wore them at every possible opportunity—to the beach, to birthday parties, on the trampoline, everywhere! So, you can only imagine how ECSTATIC we were when we saw Azealia Banks resurrect our old footwear favorites at The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party earlier this week. She paired bright orange stacked gladiator sandals with a pink sequin and fur Moschino Cheap & Chic fall 2012 frock and a tangerine collar, which totally screams, "Haiii! Summer's here!" Outfit aside, we NEEDED to found out where to cop jellies just like Azealia's and, according to our amazeballs internet sleuthing, there are a buttload of options out there. Still! After all these years! Yesss.
We're no stranger to the sheer, utter excitement that comes from every new adidas x Jeremy Scott collab that hits the internet, but last week when adidas released a sneak peek of their JS Roundhouse Mid sneakers on Facebook, they were greeted with some unusually negative feedback. The high top purple, gray and orange sneakers featured plastic cuffs that wrap around the ankles, which people claimed resembled "racist" shackles. Facebook commenter Greg Taylor said, "To those who don't think this is racist, I guess your ancestors were not in shackles less than 200 years ago. [...] You can totally disregard hundreds of years of history but it does strike a nerve to those old enough to remember different times. [...] This is in poor taste at best."
Vans Fall lookbook.
Photo: Courtesy of Vans
Here's the annoying thing about fall shopping: even though the ads come out in the summer, you can't buy the clothes until, you know, fall. We know that patience is a virtue and everything, but sometimes we reallyyyy just don't want to wait. And now we don't have to! Vans has just dropped its Fall 2012 lookbook, stocked with clothing, shoes, and adorable accessories that-get this- we can all buy RIGHT NOW. The photoshoot is inspiration enough alone, shot in sunny SoCal and featuring Vans sneaks paired with everything from minidresses to skinny jeans. These are some versatile kicks, ya'll.
Kanye West's Nike Air Yeezy 2 sneakers.
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We've been following the life cycle of Kanye West's latest Nike collaboration sneaker, the Air Yeezy 2, since our first whiff of the impending release at LAST YEAR's Coachella Festival. Since then, it's been all nail-biting anticipation and longingly tracing the path of that reptilian ridged heel in our dreams until we might finally entertain the thought of potentially owning these cool kicks. Late last month, Nike finally gave the sneakers an official release date: Saturday, June 9, 2012. Naturally, the shoes hit the Internet well before release in the form of $80,000+ eBay pre-orders, and sneakerheads started lining up many days in advance for their shot at the shoes. But what actually happened on Air Yeezy 2 release day?