If you simply can’t handle the struggle that is a long day in heels, fashion is finally on your side. Spotted all over the streets during fashion month, the comfy, casual, for lack of a better term — athleisure — shoe has all but taken over. From street style stars to the fashion elite, the styling prowess that is involved in acing the look of a simple white sneaker or shower slide instantly puts you firmly into “fashionista” territory.
Sportstyle brand (and athleisure staple) FILA has launched a timeless, all-white, lace-up shoe for spring. The Original Fitness, first introduced as a menswear silhouette in the ’80s has been reconstructed and re-imagined for the 21st Century, resulting in a sophisticated shoe for the fashion-forward female that can complement everything in your wardrobe.
On the flip side, FILA has also created a slip-on Slide (you may remember their furry slip-on slide collab with Baja East last February). One of the most sought after casual shoes of the season is available in navy, cream, or white. The slide has molded rubber and a 3-D logo to both ensure comfort and pair well with anything from jeans to dresses to the now-trendy track suit.
So, if you’re looking to style your athleisure shoes as expertly as the street style stars do, here’s how to shop this season’s shelves. Just because your shoes are comfy and dare we say casual, doesn’t mean your outfit will be boring. Here’s how to dress for any occasion with your FILA O-Fits and slides.
To hit that balance between casual and cool, pair a patterned (or floral dress, because spring) with FILA’s brand new Original Fitness sneaker for a sweet, fresh look. (Kimchi Blue Graziano Floral Button Down Midi Slip Dress, $79, urbanoutfitters.com and FILA Original Fitness Sneaker, $60, urbanoutfitters.com)
Weekend brunch plans with your pals? Pair the stylish new FILA Sport Slides with some statement overalls and a crop top just like a model off duty would. (L to R: FILA + UO Debra Suspender Overalls, $98, available at urbanoutfitters.com; BDG Dreslyn Racerback Cropped Tank, $24, available at urbanoutfitters.com FILA Sport Slide, $35, available at urbanoutfitters.com)
On a Date:
For date night, opt for a sleek, sexy dress and a pair of clean, white shoes to up your street style status. (Silence + Noise Lexie Crisscross Side Bodycon Dress, $69, available at urbanoutfitters.com; FILA Original Fitness Sneaker, $60, available at urbanoutfitters.com)
If we’ve learned anything from the Kardashians, it’s that even if you’re headed off on a long flight, you still need to be photo-ready. To really nail this whole athleisure thing, getting your airport outfit down is the key. (L to R: FILA + UO Alexa Crew Neck Sweatshirt, $89, available at urbanoutfitters.com; FILA Sport Slide Sandal, $35, available at urbanoutfitters.com; Iridescent Backpack, $74, available at urbanoutfitters.com; Levis Wedgie High-Rise Jeans, $98, available at urbanoutfitters.com)