Life seems to get more casual when we retire. And it is also the time that we need comfortable shoes for every occasion. That’s why the trend about wearing sneakers for all kinds of activities is good for any woman. However, not every sneaker is created equally in comfort or style.
Let me first say at this age, you want to find a pair of sneakers with good support or ones that you can take out the insoles and add your own support. Another factor is to test out the softness of the leather or material. You don’t need the shoe to rub against any part of your foot to cause blisters even from day one. The last detail that I consider important is the style of the shoe. Gone are the days when your sneakers need to be ugly or clunky. There are many styles that are streamlined and look like loafers. Or have feminine details like ruffles or fun colors.
This brought about the idea to showcase how the same sneaker could work from the gym to dinner. I included my friend, Gail, in the same style shoe yet different color for these photos.
We started with the idea that you may go out for a walk first thing in the morning. You throw on your leggings and a casual top to either walk the dog or stroll with a friend. Most of us don’t worry about our sneakers matching our outfit when we work out or walk.
Style wise, I do recommend thinking about the socks you are wearing. If you don’t mind going sockless, it’s nice to show some ankle between your leggings and sneakers. Or there are no-show socks which I have found to stay on better when the shoe is tighter. If you absolutely need taller socks for your morning workout routine, I might suggest wearing yoga pants or joggers which would hide them better. And if you are wearing socks, have you tried compression socks to help with circulation? There are many brands that have fun prints for their compression socks.
After your fitness activity, then most of us have errands or something casual to do in the afternoon. That’s when we throw on jeans and get things done. While I see many people going out in their workout outfits, it can give off a sloppy vibe. Therefore, throwing on some modern cut jeans along with a top or sweater will make you feel better.
Modern trends show us that your footwear does not need to match your pants or your top. As long as the colors go together, it will look intentional. If this is hard for you, then buying a navy pair of sneakers could be perfect, so they will match your jeans. Or find a neutral color that you tend to wear a lot like tan or olive green.
Now maybe you’re going to meet some friends for dinner. You can leave these shoes on your feet and look fabulous. I realize that this is the part of how to wear sneakers that women my age and older tend to shy away from. And I get it. We were brought up to believe that skirts and dresses were paired with heels or dressy flats.
Yet part of the idea to stay modern is to try out some of the trends. Especially the functional ones. Wearing sneakers is comfortable. Wearing skirts is feminine. Put the two together and you have wonderfulness. Besides these aren’t super dressy looks. Both have the element of looking upscale, with material that is more casual.
Jodie Filogomo is a retired cosmetic dentist who wishes shopping were an Olympic sport. She enjoys an online presence at Jodie’s Touch of Style and on Instagram and Facebook as @Jtouchofstyle where she works to show “It’s never too late to look great.” Her Arizona journey incorporates her mother, Charlotte, who is in her 80’s and good friend, Lesley, who is soon to be 70. In fact, many of the older posts include her stepmom, Nancy, when they were living in Denver.