You’re never too old for sneakers


I have to admit I was a little slow to the sneaker trend.

I wear trainers when I’m working out, walking with friends etc, but the whole sneakers with a skirt, jeans, dress look, it just took me a little longer to wrap my head around.

Comfortable, but still fashionable. A pleat skirt with sneakers always looks good.

Sometimes it just takes a leap of faith. At first, I was a little apprehensive.

Would everyone look at me and think ‘What on earth?’ No they didn’t. In fact I got a heap of compliments and couldn’t believe it took me so long!

I could now tear around town, shopping up a storm while still looking presentable but comfortable.

No more going home with aching feet. Basically, I shop comfortably all day long (bonus, and very dangerous).

Here’s what I love about sneakers
  • They are a great trans-seasonal option (for those warmer days but maybe it’s raining or you want your feet covered without the bulk of boots)
  • They are super comfy
  • They are perfect for making a dressy outfit a little more casual (perfect for those weekend lunches, wines with the girls)
  • Anyone can wear them
  • They don’t’ have to be super expensive (but I wouldn’t say no those fabulous Gucci ones). Lacoste does a great range at good prices – under $200 and they look just as good, or even better than the luxury brands.
The sneaker and skirt combination is always a winner. Comfortable yet stylish.
How to wear them
  • If you are worried about looking chunky or you are short like me, just opt or a more slim-lined pair
  • Always keep them clean, especially if they are white (I just use soap and water)
  • Leather tends to look better and lasts longer
  • Go bold, there are so many colours from white to bright red and everything in-between.
  • If you don’t like wearing mini socks, try sole/shoe inserts, you can get them from the supermarket or Mister Minit. You can wash them after wearing – so easy and no socks showing
  • They look fantastic with a pair of skinny cropped jeans and a simple tee (or leather pants/leggings) and a blazer in the cooler months, or a skirt or dress in the warmer months
  • Best places to buy (at a good cost) – Lacoste, Wittner, Decjuba, and Seed Heritage.

As always, just go for it. Life is too short. Enjoy fashion, it’s an expression of you (and the bonus, how comfortable are sneakers!).

The co-founder of 50SoWhat has been in publishing for most of her working life. She was general manager of successful boutique media publishing house in New Zealand for several years and boasts an impeccable sales, marketing and management background. When she’s not road-testing the latest cosmetic procedures, or investigating the hottest lifestyle, travel, fashion and beauty trends for over 45’s, Jo is often back home catching up with family and friends, or working on her golf swing!


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