Sneakers vs Heels: When and What to Use:
Despite many women’s obsession with heels and sneakers in the Philippines, how to wear them, when to and not to, and which styles can successfully elevate an outfit still remains a mystery to many. Even when presented with multiple options, they almost always reach for what they’re used to – either the most basic pair of heels or the most worn-out sneakers.
Women who value comfort always pick their sneakers even if the occasion clearly doesn’t call for it. On the other side of the spectrum are women who are sure to wear heels despite knowing that they have to suffer through it all day long. No pain, no gain, right? Well, not exactly.
There’s always a time for sneakers and a time for heels and it’s not always just about comfort. It’s about what’s appropriate for each occasion. So to guide those lost lambs who don’t know when to wear what, we’ve listed different kinds of sneakers and heels and included when it’s appropriate to wear them.
When we say classic sneakers we mean the most basic ones like regular canvas kicks. These are the most versatile of all footwear and can be worn during any casual occasion. They can be paired with skirts, dresses, shorts, and basically anything in your wardrobe that screams casual. You can guarantee that every woman in existence has at least one go-to classic pair of sneakers that she wears to the mall or to casual meet-ups with friends.
Kitten heels, also known as trainer heels, are the perfect starting pair for young ladies. They’re elegant, easy to walk in, and are perfect for smart casual and formal occasions where sneakers and flats are completely off the table.
Adults can wear them, too, though. They are ideal for office outfits and can be worn throughout the entire year. Like classic sneakers, they go well with almost anything including pencil skirts and cropped pants.
Because they are both practical and chic, kitten heels have made numerous appearances in several red carpets and catwalks under famous designers.
Another pair that every woman has in her closet are stilettos, so we should all be familiar with this. Stilettos have gained popularity not because their comfortable or versatile but because they allow women to ooze sex appeal and become striking.
The best use for stilettos is during formal functions like weddings and corporate meetings or events. When stilettos are worn, women appear thinner and their legs are accentuated. It also alters the posture and makes the calves flex while highlighting the bust and buttocks.
While stilettos are great for formal events, they can also be worn for nights out and parties – although you may want to consider bringing an extra pair of flats to change into as the night falls. They can be hard to walk to especially if you’re not used to them so don’t put them on if you’re going to be wandering around for hours on end.
We’ve only listed four types of heels and sneakers in the Philippines in this article and there’s actually a whole lot more. However, the main point stays the same.
Sneakers are still most appropriate for casual occasions and gym trips, while heels are made mostly for formal events. Although some occasions blur this line like smart casual or semi-formal events, it’s still best to stick with the basics. After all, it is better to be overdressed than underdressed!
In case you didn’t catch it, we’ve repeated the word “casual” to emphasize that this type of sneaker should only be worn during casual occasions.
It’s already included in the name. Training or running shoes should only be worn if you intend to go to the gym or go for a nice run. Otherwise, they stay in your closet. Well, at least that’s what it was until the introduction of a new trend called athleisure.
Athleisure – the hybrid of casual and athletic wear – is actually more than just a trend now. It has fully infiltrated the fashion scene and retailers are banking on its growing popularity. An entirely new category of clothing has been made for this specific trend, so don’t expect it to go out of style anytime soon.
That said, it is now acceptable to wear running sneakers during casual occasions where there is no training or running involved. However, the two aren’t fully interchangeable. Classic sneakers should never be worn to the gym lest you want to damage your bones and muscles.