Colorful tropical leaves pattern on fabric.

I’m a strong advocate for the Fashion Sneaker and for good reason. See, I am not a tall person. My license says I am 5’2″ but that’s a lie; I’m just barely over 5’1″ on a good day.

The thing is, I hate how I look in flats. They make me feel stumpy and juvenile and it just doesn’t mesh well with my style. That’s where the Fashion Sneaker comes in. I love sneakers, mostly because I spent half my childhood play sports that involved sneakers and was a huge tomboy throughout middle school in which I wore a pair of giant skate sneakers every single day. Because of this, sneakers (and Fashion Sneakers specifically) have a permanent place in my heart.

Now I get that it may seem silly to dole out $100+ on a pair of sneakers, but here’s the thing. You don’t treat them the way you’d treat a pair of Toms of Converse. These are shoes, just like a good pair of pumps or designer boots. You need to treat them the same way you’d treat any other shoe you pay top dollar for, because you will wear them the same way. Fashion Sneakers aren’t for running errands or going to the gym in; they serve a specific space in the wardrobe of people that want to give their feet a rest but don’t enjoy flats.

So raise your glass to Fashion Sneakers and try out a pair. You’ll be surprised by how much you love them.

(Related: 6 Outfit Ideas For How To Wear Your Sneakers Everywhere)

Vince Banler Flannel Skate Sneaker (Neiman Marcus, $125)


An upscale version of the classic Vans slip-on, these Vince sneakers are a really great way to be comfortable but still mature.

Nike Tennis Classic Ultra Liberty QS Sneakers (Barney’s New York, $115)


A funky print isn’t something to shy away from, especially from a tried-and-true brand like Nike.

Chiara Ferragni Never Stop Slip-on Sneaker (Revolve, $172)


Sequins aren’t just for heels and the Chiara Ferragni collection that debuted last year is proof of that.

Supra x Elyse Walker Cuba Slip On (Revolve, $77)


Pair these with an all-black outfit and you have a street style approved outfit, ready for Fashion Week.

Cap-Toe Sneaker, Suede with Leather Toe (Axel Arigato, $195)


If I had to chose a pair of sneakers to pair with some boyfriend jeans, a sweater, and an overcoat as my go-to transitional outfit, these would be that pair.

Nike Roshe One Printed Sneakers (My Theresa, $87)


A good pair of floral patterned sneakers never hurt nobody. The Roshe style is a classic Fashion Sneaker (Is that a thing?) and the artsy print is a cool update to an otherwise boring shoe.

Adidas by Stella McCartney Alayta Mesh and Nylon Running Sneakers (Luisaviaroma, $156)


Can Stella McCartney do anything wrong? I don’t think so. These are just the right about of obnoxious.

Y-3 Femme Boost Leather Sneakers (My Theresa, $197)


Y-3 usually goes a little too far into the ~*edgy*~ fashion category for me, but these sneakers are a great balance. Plus, white sneakers are always a yes.

Donald J Pliner Mickey Studded Suede Sneaker (Neiman Marcus, $89)

NMX2UG7_mkIs it possible to mess up wearing studs? I don’t think so. A subtle platform is a great option for people like me that want comfort but also need a little height.