What’s Prompting Women to Ditch Heels and Wear Sneakers Instead?

Sneakers are back in fashion as part of the popular, growing Athleisure trend. 

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She is dressed in an exquisite cobalt mini dress, her lips are coloured dramatic oxblood red, with feet wrapped in the most glorious heels... wait a minute, she’s wearing plain white sneakers instead!

A model wearing a Monisha Jaising creation at the Lakme Fashion Week. (Photo: Yogen Shah)
A model wearing a Monisha Jaising creation at the Lakme Fashion Week. (Photo: Yogen Shah)

Sneakers, the Athleisure Statement

Turns out, the sneakers trend is a sprightly new addition to the style scene. Kicking aside the merciless autonomy of heels, the year 2016 has given us a new friend in sneakers – representative of the larger Athleisure trend – that combines athletics with chic wear.

Athiya Shetty. (Photo: Yogen Shah)
Athiya Shetty. (Photo: Yogen Shah)

Athleisure in India

Athleisure – which is the biggest trend of the year – has been written about extensively and is the buzzword in fashion circles, keeping in trend with the fitness conscious times.

The Athleisure trend has caught up in India too. During the recently concluded Lakme Fashion Week, actor Shraddha Kapoor walked the ramp in a Masaba Gupta creation wearing Stan Smiths.



LFW Masaba show. (Photo: Yogen Shah)
LFW Masaba show. (Photo: Yogen Shah)

Actually, sneakers were sighted throughout the show.



LFW Masaba show. (Photo: Yogen Shah)
LFW Masaba show. (Photo: Yogen Shah)

Celebs Party to the Trend

Actors too, have been spotted wearing white sneakers with distressed denims, bringing comfort right back at the centre of the fashion world.



Alia Bhatt spotted at the international airport. (Photos: Yogen Shah)
Alia Bhatt spotted at the international airport. (Photos: Yogen Shah)

Even feminine dresses are being paired with sneakers.

Anjana Sukhani at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s party at the Korner house in Bandra. (Photo: Yogen Shah)
Anjana Sukhani at Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s party at the Korner house in Bandra. (Photo: Yogen Shah)

While sneakers-on-dress can’t be correctly termed a trend – indeed it was meant to be an anti-trend, a sort of flipping the birdie to all those mainstream fashion norms that authorised us to walk miles in heels, it has become a statement of sorts for the self-assured, unpretentious fashionista!

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