28 Women Who Look Chic in Sneakers

  • Fashion types are forking over big bucks for sneakers these days — Barney’s has the $995 Giuseppe Zanotti sneaker wedges, $795 Louboutin high-tops, $470 pre-distressed Golden Goose trainers and ubiquitous $730 Isabel Marant Burt sneakers to prove it. A glance at your surroundings in NYC’s coolest neighborhoods will prove the sneaker is back from its banishment to Equinox and New York Sports Clubs. What’s more, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Alexander Wang, Chanel, Moschino and more showed sneakers on the runway this past fashion month.

    The good news is that sneakers are comfortable. The bad news: if you’re used to wearing heels, boots or flats, incorporating tennies into your non-workout wardrobe can be daunting. How does one wear running shoes to work without looking dowdy? Is it possible to pair trainers with jeans and not look like Danny Tanner? What does Karl Lagerfeld think? Click through this slideshow for some inspiration.

  • Lana Turner, way ahead of her time. (Photo via Pinterest)

  • Pairing your sneaks with an ankle-grazing coat is the trendiest way to do it in NYC at the moment. Apparently actress Janet Leigh pioneered the look in 1950. (Photo: Getty)

  • A woman at a tennis court pairs her sneaks with a mini skirt in the 1950s. (Photo: Getty)

  • Model Sunny Harnett in 1954. (Photo via Pinterest)

  • A model in 1966. Are these the first sneaker wedges ever? (Photo via Pinterest)

  • Eva Herzigova balances cutouts with Keds in 1987. (Photo via Pinterest)

  • Sarah Jessica Parker, with David Oliver, rocks boyfriend jeans with white high-tops in 1980. (Photo via Getty)

  • An update on the 1980s sneakers-to-work look. (Photo via Pinterest)

  • Beyonce goes for an update on the mismatched Punky Brewster look. (Photo via Pinterest)

  • Jenna Lyons pairs sneaker wedges with a giant parka. (Photo via Getty)

  • Running shoes with jeans? Not just for dads anymore. (Photo via Pinterest, bloglovin.com)

  • Taylor Tomasi-Hill in New York City. (Photo via Pinterest / koo.im)

  • Korean model Kang Seung Hyon wears sneaker wedges to a DKNY 25th anniversary party in Seoul. (Photo via Getty)

  • Linda Tol shows nothing goes together like a neutral trainer and a furry green scarf. (Photo via Getty)

  • Lucky mag EIC Eva Chen goes full winter white. Follow her on Instagram (@evachen212) to see her vast sneaker collection in real time. (Photo via Getty)

  • Model Imaan Hamman trades wintry boots for neon Nikes in NYC. (Photo via Getty)

  • Russian socialite Nasiba Adilova, leaving the Marc by Marc Jacobs FW 2014 show, goes for gray New Balance sneaks with palazzo pants. (Photo via Getty)

  • "You're welcome," model Anais Mali says after showing us how sneaker wedges are done. (Photo via Getty)

  • At Marc by Marc Jacobs in February, the runway was covered with trainers. (Photo: Getty)

  • Rachel Wang turns her sneakers extra-girly with Pepto-Bismol sweats and furry coat. (Photo via Getty)

  • Annie Hall 2.0. (Photo via Getty)

  • Susie Lau rocked Nike trainers with sheer pants earlier this month. (Photo: Getty)

  • Of course, nobody does sneakers like Rihanna. (Photo via Getty)

  • Add an insane cartoon tote if you really want to have a good time. (Photo via Getty)

  • In case you still weren't convinced of the magic of sneaker wedges, here's Joan Smalls. (Photo via Getty)

  • Lucy Watson takes normcore across the pond, wearing acid wash jeans with Nikes in London on Feb. 25. (Photo: Getty)

  • Karl Lagerfeld put sneakers in their natural habitat — the supermarket — with his Chanel ready-to-wear show this past fashion week. (Photo: Getty)

  • Even Chanel's spring and summer 2014 haute couture show featured sneakers. (Photo: Getty)