I am not an athletic person. I don't like to exercise (although I do regularly now to supplement the office life) and my body is most definitely not made for it. I don't come from a particularly athletic ancestry either. Exercise for me when growing up was always a chore - something I know I should do, and did, but was never good enough at to enjoy. Not that you have to be good at exercise to enjoy it... but when you're on the high school tennis team and your coach makes sure you never play a match it can be a little disheartening.
So when the sports luxe / sneaker trend came into style a few years ago I was 100% certain I would be staying out of the pool of people browsing for sneakers online. I was an avid heels wearer between high school and early college. Somehow I could wear heels for hours and not be bothered by it. Fast forward a few years and I own multiple sneakers and pair them with almost every look I own. Wearing heels even for a night out takes a large amount of physical and mental preparation. So much so that when it actually comes down to getting ready for the evening, I'll convince myself it's a-ok to wear my reeboks with that black velvet dress for dinner.
And while that may be pushing it, sneakers do have an uncanny ability to toughen and edge up any look that you have. In this case I paired my Nike Air Force 1s with this subtle high-low black dress that I wore to work that day with black pointed heels. Of course props to the dress for being so easy to style with anything in my closet. That's how you know you have a good piece on your hands.
Lastly - tfw you find yourself an amazing photographer. All the pictures were taken by Kiera Wood. You can check our her work here: http://www.kieraewoodphotography.com/
Dress - Cos
Shoes - Nike
Backpack - Henri Bendel