Like for fashion. Is this a place you dare to travel? As a look, there are few things I like better than when a really chic woman throws on some old-school Adidas with a pair of khakis and a little jacket—it’s so winningly French-people-imitating-Le-Sportswear. And I worked once with a woman who could pair her best Derek Lam dress with Jack Purcells and look like a million bucks.
And yet if I were to try wearing Jack Purcells with a Derek Lam dress? I’d look like eleven bucks. Twelve bucks tops. You’ve got to have a certain kind of body to look great in sneakers. If you’re tall, or—failing that—just have really fantastic legs, you’re in luck. Otherwise—especially at this stage in the game—sneakers as a fashion statement become a serious mutton: meet lamb proposition.
I am quite liking the Ben Simon sneakers that this very tall, pretty girl is wearing here, though. Ben Simon is like the Converse of France, and half the people I know are obsessed with this brand. A friend of mine who lives in fancy-pants Tribeca wears her slip-ons (they also come in lace-ups) to the playground, so she can chase her kids around in the sandbox if necessary and still look sportif as hell.