- Julie, Boston
As much as I love classic Chuck Taylor All Stars, they are a little tired and sometimes remind me a bit too much of high school. I wore them with my prom dress back in the day, and clearly Converse caught on because they now have a prom collection!
Don't get me wrong. I'm not hating on Converse. I'm just saying I understand why someone would want an alternative to Chucks. I've always been a fan of Converse's other shoe, Jack Purcells.
Converse Jack Purcell, $60
I like them in leather because they look more polished and "grown up" than the classic canvas version.
Converse Jack Purcell Gingham Print, $60
I'm also feeling them in the gingham print. These are fun and perfect for spring and summer - though these are definitely more casual.
Keds Champion Hi-Top, $55
Remember Keds? I never really thought they were cool, not even when Mischa Barton was pushing them. But lately I've become a fan of their plain high-tops. I like that the rubber soles match the canvas - clean and simple.
Vans Sophie, $55
Vans has stepped up their sneaker game with this adorable saddle shoe-inspired pair.
Tretorn Perforated, $90
I love the look of perforated leather, and during warmer seasons, it's actually quite functional.
Y3 Kimpu High Tops, $106 (retail $265)
These are similar to Chucks from a far, but up close, you'll see a bunch of subtle details. If you like them, hurry because they're on sale at The Outnet, and sizes are already limited.
80%20 Sadie Wedge Sneaker, $98
These are not heels. They're wedges, which are easy to walk in, I promise! These are a fun twist on the classic sneaker. They're simple enough to wear with everything, and the cork wedge adds some femininity.
Those are my picks. Readers, do you have any other suggestions for Julie?