A Sporting Life
J Crew - Vans Sk8-Hi Sneakers

Shirt: J Crew (Old) // Denim Jacket: Gap '1969 Denim Jacket' // Jeans: Thrifted (Similar HERE) // Wool Coat: G-Star (Old, Similar HERE) // Sneakers: Vans for J Crew 'Sk8-Hi' (Sold Out, Similar HERE) // Gloves: Thrifted (Similar HERE) // Sunglasses: Spitfire 'Coco' (Available at Asos)

I love the personal liberation that comes from wearing clothing meant for movement. Like sneakers. I love those. Name a brand - Vans, Superga, New Balance, Converse, Nike, Puma - I've probably owned and shredded a pair. Not sayin' I'm total sneaker head, but I do appreciate the design and comfort of athletic shoes. My most recent sneaker gratitude is to J Crew for collaborating with Vans to bring me these grownup suede Sk8-His.

This shoe is perfect for those days when I don't want to stomp around in boots but it's too cold to wear anything without a sock and some insulation - they're the middle ground between ballet flats and Sorels. I'd wear these on Saturdays to the kids' games, to sporting events, errand running, or to casual get-togethers. They're like ankle boots, but sneakers! (Minus the ridiculous hidden wedge of past seasons.)

Layered Denim & Chambray Winter Style
White Jeans and Layered Denim
J Crew - Vans Sk8-Hi Sneakers
Vans Sk8-Hi Sneakers
J Crew - Vans Sk8-Hi Sneakers

Writing this post got me thinking about my old Chucks; a pair of shoes that despite their ratty state will never leave my possession. I wear them around the house but won't take them out in public anymore. I feel like I have a contender for my NEW all-time-favorite sneaker. Like my chucks, they're kind of preppy, kind of punky, kind of classic, and totally androgynous - my favorites.

What's your favorite sneak?