Seems like the need for comfort kicks a little bit harder once the weather gets a touch colder. Meant to give your feet a break from both heels and flats, women’s sneakers for fall are the next best thing when it comes to those days when you need to move around with ease, while still looking ultra cool. Blurring the lines between function and style, sneakers got an ultra-modern treatment this season, gaining more and more territory in what is a woman’s wardrobe today. And frankly, it doesn’t even come as a surprise.

The sports fashion trend was the first hint pointing to the idea that comfort and luxury are finally set to become one. An ever-evolving style, women’s trainers underwent a severe series of transformations over the past few years. Colorful or monochrome, tall or flat, bold or rather minimalist, the sneaker silhouette is ready to add some contrast and a bit of personality as they accompany fall 2013’s fashion trends.

Read on after the break to learn more about this season’s choice of footwear that will get you in step and on trend ever so effortlessly.

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Designer sneakers: function meets style takes the streets.

In the beginning, the pushing of boundaries and the collision of styles having the sneakers set at their core might have come across a little bit on the adventurous side. More time passed by until things started to finally fall into place, as an increasing number of designers chose to put their personal spin on the iconic footwear, underlining once and for all that sneakers have moved way past their original athletic purpose.

Women sneakers for fall 2013
Models off duty in Paris. Photo by

Sneakers turned fashion statement.

All of a sudden, pairing everything and anything building a woman’s wardrobe with a cool pair of kicks morphed into something other than just a statement of style. The streets became the one place where creativity and function fused conveniently, putting the accent on comfort for once. Looking fashionable and cool without sacrificing one’s well-being is what defines the concept of luxury these days.

For fall/winter 2013 even the runways advocated for the choice of convenience in footwear, colliding together glamour and function in a series of looks that were clearly meant to catch the eye and make a strong point.

Womens sneakers for fall 2013
Sneakers at Anne Valerie Hash F/W ’13

Key styles

Capable of endless variation, fashionable trainers and/or designer sneakers can easily become key to a wardrobe portended to be both functional and versatile during fall. They can intensify what is a classic look, amplify the beauty of an utterly-feminine outfit, or elevate a sporty chic ensemble all together. If you’re currently seeking for both a spectacular design and indisputable quality in your future investment, we introduce you to some of this season’s key styles. Taking into consideration your personal aesthetic, choose between:

Isabel Marant The Bekett suede concealed wedge sneakers

They need no further introduction, as Isabel Marant’s iconic take on sports footwear still rules the fashion world with their functional and super-cool design. Supportive and comfortable, this sports-luxe pair of wedges will look equally great as teamed with a pair of skinny jeans, or a flirty and fun mini-dress.

Shop: Isabel Marant The Bekett suede concealed wedge sneakers.

Womens sneakers for fall 2013

Nike Dunk Sky High Wedge Sneakers.

Nike’s Dunk Sky High wedge sneakers are another pair set to reach cult status due to their innovative style, having comfort and durability always placed at their core. Featuring directional detailing and a modern colour palette, these sneakers will get you going for many seasons to come.

Shop: Nike Dunk Sky High Gray Wedge Sneakers

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Balenciaga Leather and suede sneakers

Balenciaga’s mixed-media leather and suede sneakers chose to depart from a classic silhouette in making this season’s greatest statement of nonchalance. Dipped in a gorgeous bottle-green colour, this pair is the kind you couldn’t and wouldn’t miss once they hit the city streets.

Shop: Balenciaga Leather and suede sneakers

Womens sneakers for fall 2013

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Leather High-Top Sneakers

They’re an essential component to what builds a casual and on point wardrobe and not just for this season. Converse’s Chuck high-top sneakers also experienced a couple of luxe twists in order to keep their style relevant. The ultimate sneaker silhouette comes in a bright leather version that’s meant to last.

Shop: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Leather High-Top Sneakers

Womens sneakers for fall 2013

Saint Laurent Leather-trimmed High Top Trainers

The shoe obsession that keeps on building this season got a black leather and canvas rendition from the likes of power-brand Saint Laurent. Subtle enough to work in any combination, but strong enough to stand out and make an impression, these sneakers come veiled in a timeless quality.

Shop: Saint Laurent Leather-trimmed high top trainers

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Adidas by Stella McCartney Discosura Hiker sneakers

Stella McCartney always knows what the cool girls want to wear. “Inspired by and for urban explorers”, her Discosura Hiker sneakers designed for Adidas add more lightweight to this season’s casual take on street-ready apparel. They’re crafted from soft jersey and faux suede with mesh panels.

Shop: Adidas by Stella McCartney Discosura Hiker jersey and faux suede sneakers

Womens sneakers for fall 2013

How to style sneakers.

They feel right at home in a sporty-chic combination, but tend to look even better whenever worn as the fundamental sign of contrast. From super-casual to utterly-sophisticated, there’s little that doesn’t work with a cool pair of sneakers. Here’s how to wear them this fall:

Taking cues from the street

The streets are the best place to gather inspiration, particularly when it comes to such an iconic piece of footwear. There is where the sneakers make most sense, especially when paired to super-relaxed tailoring.

  • for a casual approach, style the kicks with basic t-shirts, keeping the colour palette elementary
  • for a sophisticated touch, pair a bold hued pair of sneakers with an elegant dress worn under a cool leather jacket
  • for a preppy take on the shoe trend, wear the sneakers with black tights, flared mini-skirts and sleek button-downs.
  • mix & match various styles without fearing you could get it wrong
  • if prints are more of your thing, embrace the quirkiness by adding extra personality to your looks through a bold pattern

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Sneakers as seen on the streets

Taking cues from the runway

Sadly, not everything we get to see on the runway benefits from a realistic translation to our day-to-day lives. One thing that sure worked this season was the use of sneakers as the ultimate accessory, accompanying everything in between the preppy, the chic and the exquisite looks.

  • if you choose to clash the preppy and the sporty, opt for contrast even in the slightest of details such as the colour of your shoes
  • opt for subtlety in your kicks whenever choosing to style a refined outfit based on timeless pieces (such as pencil skirts, oversized coats)
  • dare pair your sneakers even with the most sophisticated of garments; delicate lace panels and a relaxed sense of tailoring look even more exquisite when topped off by unexpected footwear

Womens sneakers for fall 2013
Sneakers at A.P.C F/W ’13, Max Mara F/W ’13 and Anne Valerie Hash F/W ’13

If you want to know what other shoe styles are on trend for fall 2013, beyond women’s sports shoes, visit our fall 2013 shoe guide.

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