Chic Slip-On Sneakers We Love

This year's slip-on has the same old shape and sole, but the materials have been upgraded big time. Look for unexpected fabrics (pony hair, faux skins) and patterns galore

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Though sturdy and traditional, today's slip-on sneakers aren't quite what they used to be. Click through to see the snazzy but sensible slip-ons we love.

Blonde Salad X Steve Madden leather and rubber sneakers, $140;

Photographed by Liz Von Hoene

The Original: Vans

Paul Van Doren and his partners launched Vans in Anaheim, California, in the 1960s with the simple objective of building a better sneaker—one with a thicker sole, higher-quality canvas and more-reslisient nylon thread. They succeeded, but it took legions of '70s skateboarders to elevate the shoe to cult status.

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Tips From the Runway: Slim the Shorts

Choose a narrow leg that falls just above the knee (or higher). When combining prints in your clothes and sneakers, vary the scale of the patterns.

Courtesy of Marc Jacobs

Tips From the Runway: Show Some Skin

Long skirts are lovely, but if you're wearing these shoes, you'd be wise to let a bit of flesh peek through (sheer panels, midthigh slits) in order to avoid a bottom-heavy appearance. 

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Tips From the Runway: Crop Your Pants

A narrow (but not super skinny) leg keeps your lower body from looking too solid and square. Try feminine fabrics (fluid, silky) to offset the sporty effect of the sneakers.

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Create Balance

Look for clothes with soft, pretty colors and fabrics to play against the masculine vibe of the sneakers.

Dolce Vita calf-hair sneakers, $139;

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Dress Them Up

Pair slip-ons with clothes that are crisp and hold their (cotton, silk shantung) if you want to polish your look.


Jimmy Choo printed canvas flats, $495;

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Go Monochromatic

For no-brainer chic, opt for one color from tip to toe. This clean look works best in a neutral, like white, gray, navy, or metallic.

Tory Burch laser-cut leather sneakers, $165;

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Have Fun

These slip-ons come in a million amazing prints. Use them as a way to experiment with pattern mixing in your everyday looks.

Topshop cotton sneakers, $35;

Bryan McCay

Sneakers' Little Helper: Socks

Put the kibosh on sweat, stink and all the other summer bummers by wearing a hidden mini cotton ped inside. 


Kushyfoot ultralow foot covers, $8;

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Edmundo Castillo woven calf and elastic sneakers, $490, Neiman Marcus. Alice and Olivia silk blend top, $165; W118 by Walter Baker track pants, Marc by Marc Jacobs leather and plastic watch, $175;

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Photograph by Liz Von Hoene

First published in the May 2014 issue

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