Stylish comfort: Shoes that fit the bill


PHOTO CREDIT: Metro Creative


PHOTO CREDIT: Metro Creative


PHOTO CREDIT: Metro Creative

While comfort will continue to reign supreme for clothing and accessories in 2021, when it comes to footwear, there are a variety of fun fashion trends that make a statement.

The good news is that there’s no need to overhaul your entire closet. And it’s easier than ever to incorporate trendy pieces into a comfortable and casual outfit.

According to Alyson Stanley, buyer for national retailer Rack Room Shoes, simple clothing choices paired with shoes featuring leopard print detailing, pops of pastel or silver accents make getting dressed easy and fun.

Whether walking around the neighborhood, enjoying a socially distanced event or leading a Zoom meeting, here are some tips on how to stay cozy and on-trend this year.

Animal prints

In the past, mixing patterns was taboo, but according to Stanley, now it’s encouraged.

Sneakers, clogs and casual shoes with animal print accents serve as a neutral accessory that can be mixed and paired with any item in the closet.

Nike’s Court Vision Low Sneaker puts a fun twist on cheetah print accents, while the adidas Puremotion Adapt is a stylish slip-on sneaker with a crisscross leopard print pattern.

Metallic accents

Athletic shoes featuring a hint of shine or iridescent details provide a versatile option for those getting their steps in or committing to fitness goals.

Because metallics such as rose gold, silver and gold can mesh with a broad range of color palettes and design styles, they are “the new neutral.”

For those on-the-go, athletic shoes such as the Nike Swift 2 and the Nike Court Vision are selections that offer a touch of silver, gold or platinum detailing.

Joyful pastels and playful patterns

This season’s footwear features a palette of cotton candy-inspired shades (think lavender, mint green and bubblegum pink). The possibilities to incorporate these colors into this season’s outfits are limitless.

While you might know Crocs’ classic clogs are surprisingly comfortable and functional, you might not be aware that they now come in many pastel-colored options such as mint, lilac and a pattern featuring a baby blue shade swirled with cloud forms.

“Though many of us are still spending the majority of the day working, exercising and taking classes online from home, clothing and accessories still afford us the opportunity to express our unique style,” Stanley said. “The patterns and color trends for shoes in 2021 can bring joy to everyday outfits for the entire family.”

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