Help me find cute, trendy sneakers!
January 24, 2014 8:59 PM   Subscribe

I want some women's sneakers that don't look like I'm heading to the gym, something cute and trendy! Difficulty level: moderately comfortable, no hidden wedges.

On weekends I mostly live in my Nike Frees, which are great for the gym and running/long walks. But I want something cute and trendy that I can wear to the movies, a friend's house, etc. I tried these sneakers on at Aldo and liked the way they look, but they didn't have them in my size. I wouldn't mind something even flashier than those.

- Moderately comfortable. I like the Converse style, but they're also about as supportive as strapping cardboard to your feet. I don't need to be able to take long walks in them, but I want to do a day's worth of grocery shopping/library/errands without serious pain at the end.
- No hidden wedges! For some reason they drive me crazy.
- Preferably under $100, though I'd pay more for a pair I totally fell in love with.
- Women's size 6.5, more or less (I wear a 7 in Nike Frees). I also have a ridiculously narrow heel, although I'm hoping with lace-up shoes that wouldn't be such a problem.
-Colors that would go with my jeans (I have 3 pairs, dark blue, black, and red).

Bring me colors! Patterns! Sequins! Shiny!

posted by skycrashesdown to Clothing, Beauty, & Fashion (14 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I have the purple pair of Gola sneakers from They are pretty comfy on their own, but I put insoles in them and now I can wear them for days! I am on my feet for 8 hours a day (I am a teacher) and they hold up pretty well throughout the day. My feet aren't in serious pain after the kiddos leave, which is always good.
posted by ruhroh at 9:03 PM on January 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

Best answer: I'm a male, but I just ordered what must be my 10th pair of Onitsuka Tigers and use them for pretty much everything except the gym or the occasional dress-up event. There are 70 different models for women on Zappos. Very comfortable, very lightweight, and well under $100, if they're your style. The (female) SO has a couple of pairs of her own and approves as well.
posted by Ufez Jones at 9:07 PM on January 24, 2014 [5 favorites]

How about the Ecco Alona in Moon Rock Silver? Canadian site: $99 CAD; US site: $116 USD. (They look slightly different.)
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 9:12 PM on January 24, 2014

PF Flyers are Converse-like but with much better support. And they come in a ridiculously large assortment of colors. For the low price, it's certainly worth trying a pair or two.

(Disclaimer: I'm a guy, but I own both Converse and PF Flyers.)
posted by The Deej at 9:28 PM on January 24, 2014 [2 favorites]

I have floral Vans that I love. More comfy than converse but not a lot of support.
posted by Swisstine at 9:45 PM on January 24, 2014

Best answer: Seconding ASICS--I'm a lady, and I have a pair that look a lot like those Onitsuka Tigers that I love. They're my default errands-and-casual-events shoes, and if you can live with a slightly retro, not-very-flashy style, they're reasonably cute and really comfy, and are holding up well after a year.
posted by jameaterblues at 9:50 PM on January 24, 2014

I wear Saucony Jazz Low-pros and I love them! Seriously, I feel like I'm wearing slippers when I'm wearing them. Like, well-supported slippers. And they come in a bunch of colors.
posted by Weeping_angel at 10:20 PM on January 24, 2014 [5 favorites]


I've also got a very narrow heel and like how Nikes fit, so we might have fairly similarly shaped feet -- and I find Pumas comfortable, my feet never hurt from them.

If none of these pairs are quite right, though, you might want to check Marshall's. I found mine there, for more like $20/pair.
posted by rue72 at 10:49 PM on January 24, 2014 [1 favorite]

I think you may want to check out DC Shoes. I have a pair and I find them super-comfortable and I appreciate that they do actual women's sizes rather than just having you size down in men's shoes.
posted by darksong at 9:00 AM on January 25, 2014 [2 favorites]

I love love love my Keen sneakers. They're similar to these. I wear a similar size as you, and the Keen 6.5 size fits well. I think they might be wider than other shoes, though, so I don't know how that will affect your heel. I love that they are perfectly flat, and super comfortable.
posted by hydra77 at 10:01 AM on January 25, 2014

I've been lusting after Tretorn Skymras for ages. Not sure how comfortable they are, but it's not hard to beat Converse in that department.
posted by Metroid Baby at 11:08 AM on January 25, 2014

I have a pair of the Saucony Jazz, too, and love them. Really, really comfy. Seconding the PF Flyers, too -- lots more support than Converse!
posted by sarcasticah at 11:34 AM on January 25, 2014

Converse makes a sub brand called jack Purcell, and they have a more supportive Insole than typical chuck Taylor all stars. Plus they look incredibly cute on women (my opinion). Canvas or leather, both should be under 100 bucks
posted by alvin545 at 7:35 PM on January 25, 2014 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks for the help, everyone! I'm going to order these Onitsuka Tigers based on the suggestions here. I'm going to get some high-tops too, probably these Keds.
posted by skycrashesdown at 1:27 PM on January 26, 2014

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