For all of you still trying to wear your Ugg boots to school pick up or even out shopping, this post is for you. I’ll be the first to admit that parting with my Ugg boots has been hard. They are so comfy and easy to slip on as I’m running out to school drop off. But once the kids are in school and I start trying to assimilate into an adult world I look down at my feet and think “Man, I wish I had on different shoes right now.” So what is my new Ugg boot alternative . . . the New Balance sneaker.
Goodbye Atheleisure – Hello New Balance
Atheleisure: (noun) clothes that appear that they should be work to work out, yet instead the wearer most likely never breaks a sweat in them and wears them to coffee, the farmers market, and Whole Foods.
For the past few years athletic wear has been acceptable to wear with a full face of makeup and no intention of working out. The idea of active wear without working out was introduced through the casual look of the Ugg Boot and then really emerged with the growing popularity of Lululemon. Much like people found it acceptable to wear a hot pink Juicy Couture terry track suit to lunch because it was $200, people are now using the same justification when they wear their $98 Lululemon pants to coffee or more (no judgment – I am writing this post in Lulu pants and have zero change of doing yoga today).
So Why New Balance
The New Balance sneaker is a great way to transition your soon-to-be out of fashion atheleisure wardrobe into more tailored outfits. If you are still in the mood for those stretchy pants, try them with a New Balance sneaker and a jacket. If you are over wearing workout clothes without working out, try a New Balance sneaker with jeans and a sweater. Whatever the outfit you are creating, a New Balance sneaker probably goes it. And definitely goes with it a million times better than an Ugg Boot ever will. Don’t buy it yet, just check out this curated collection of to die for New Balance sneaker looks and you’ll be a believer too.
Leave those cross trainers in your gym bag and try the New Balance 620 + a cute sweater for a coffee date instead.
New Balance are still warm and cozy and should replace anytime you are inclined to wear Uggs out of the house. Look how well they finish this look along with that stylish Goyard bag (my top pick for designer bags that double as diaper bags).
Playful Ballet Flat Sub
Ballet flats like the Reva or Tiek are great for business hours but when you leave the office you often want to update your look so you don’t look so 9-5. Swapping out your comfy work shoes for New Balance are a great alternative.
For an Unexpected Twist
I love when someone has the fashion confidence to pair two things that wouldn’t normally go together. check out this menswear inspired look with a tux jacket, classic channel bag and pop of color from purple New Balance sneakers.
If all of these looks are too styled for your roll out of bed routine just check out how well these basic black New Balance sneakers round out your white t-shirt and jeans look.
If you are thinking that New Balance sneakers are limited to pant outfits take a look at how great they can pair with a summer dress. They offer the right amount of subtle sporty to any feminine dress or skirt.
The Bottom Line
Trust me when I say it’s time to step up your sneaker game with a pair of New Balance kicks. Keep those Uggs and flip flops confined to the privacy of your own home and do your whole outfit a favor by opting for this fashionable and functional alternative.
Do you have a pair of New Balance sneakers that you love? Share the style below.