For me, inextricably linked to my love of sneakers is a secret fear of/disdain for the rest of the shoe family. I know I might be putting a target on my back by admitting this, but I just can’t get down with the dress shoe. No matter how hard I try, I wind up looking like a 5th grade boy in a navy blazer who is off to his first choir concert. And that just doesn’t jive with my athletic tomboy style, nor does it make me feel styling. So, instead, I do my best to scour the web for sneakers that will trick the “you can’t wear white after Labor Day” masses into thinking I’m dressing appropriately.
My staple trick-sneaker is the Diesel Loop. This shoe has been around for a while, morphing throughout the years, but holding firm to the same underlying aesthetic concept. Simple and clean lines, a lack of clunkiness, and a variety of solid colors (brown, black, and white/cream are the three that I’d use for suit pairings or to snazz up a jeans outfit), ensure that this sneaker looks (a bit) more like a dress shoe than its athletic counterpart.
I wore my black pair of Loop’s for two years as a paralegal in an office with a pretty strict “business” dress code, and I never got any demerits from the HR department. I’ve also worn these to weddings, parties, business conferences, video shoots, and more. They’ve got the look of a shoe plus all the advantages of a sneaker: mega light, super comfortable. The one caveat? These shoes cost a lot of real American dollars. But trust me- these bad boys will last for years, and become a staple in your closet.
Sneak Freak, out!