Converse Chuck Taylors.
A classic sneaker for any age (really) and any closet. I purchased the Lo style a few months back, and they have gotten a lot of mileage already. I love to juxtapose the boyish rocker vibe of these with a pretty dress, brightly hued shorts (got these on sale at Gap yesterday!), or make your look Parisienne by pairing them with a cropped skinny pant. I’ve been swapping out my gladiator sandals for these on days when I know I will be walking a lot. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “but these are sneakers” and they are, but they are not your velcro-strap, clunky, bulky sneakers. Though I have cringed at the sight of many women of NYC commuting to work in running sneakers while wearing a great outfit, these are the versatile anecdote, and most styles are less than $50!
To keep it classic, choose a neutral shade like black, grey, red, or denim blue. My favorite are the bright white, but find more styles of them here: All Star Hi-Top & All Star Lo.
(Photo credit: Julia Pohle in Teen Vogue // Jen from The Style Crusader // Close up from Dulceida // Angela from MadamedeRosa)