Kick heels to the curb.
TheÂ athleisure trendÂ is still going strong, and that means leggingsÂ and slouchy sweatshirtsÂ are as at home at the gym as they are on a girls' night out. And chic sportswear extends toÂ shoes, with bright, bold sneakers making their way into the mainstream. That's great news for your feet, as anyone who's ever stepped into a pair of heels knows (see ya, pinched toes). And sneakers are a huge improvement forÂ the rest of your body, too: sky-high heels can throw you off-balance, putting strain not just on your feet, but also your lumbar spine, hips, and knees.
We're not saying you should toss your stilettos for sneaks all the timeâathleisurewear may look a little out of place at, say, a formal wedding (though celebs like Kaley CuocoÂ and RihannaÂ did recently pair sneakers with gowns on the red carpet). ButÂ sporty streetwear may have a place at the bar, or even the office. Here are 10Â of our top picks for spring '16.
Keds Women's Champion Original Canvas Sneaker ($79; amazon.com)
Wear them with jeans, a flouncy skirt, shorts, leggings...they go with anything, especially since they come in 15 colors.
Vans Classic Slip-Ons ($60; zappos.com)
New York-based multimedia artist Baron Von Fancy lent his signature hand-lettered phrases to his collaboration with Vans. This pairÂ is at once eye-catching and versatile enough to go with everything in your wardrobe.
Women's New Balance for J. Crew ($75; jcrew.com)
J. Crew teamed up with New Balance to resurrect one of the iconic shoe brand's classic styles, the 696.
adidas Stan Smith Original Sneakers ($85; six02.com)
TheseÂ tennis shoes have been around since the '70s, butÂ this is the first time adidas hasÂ offered them in this gorgeous rose-gold hue.
Superga Cotu Sneaker ($65; nordstrom.com)
This simple lace-up was last year's "it girl" sneaker of choice, and it continues to be hot in 2016. It comes in seven shades, and will be your new go-to for weekend errands andÂ travel.
adidas x Limited Edt ZX Flux Sneakers ($130; barneys.com)
adidas collaboratedÂ with Limited Edt, a sneaker retailer that's huge in Singapore, to designÂ this funky metallic kick.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Reflective Camo Americana Ox ($75; zappos.com)Â
The classic Chucks you've been wearing since junior high have beenÂ given a modern revamp with a reflective camouflage print.
TOMS Paseo Sneakers ($60; zappos.com)Â
Want sneakers you can sport at the office? TheseÂ Oxford-inspired kicksÂ can pass for professionalÂ while also keeping you comfy throughÂ your 9 to 5 and beyond.
Onitsuka Tiger by Asics Serrano ($75; zappos.com)
Asics jumps on the florals trend that's so hot this season with this feminine update to its classic sneak.
Christin LouboutinÂ Gondolastrass Sneakers ($1,295; barneys.com)
Yes, these shoes cost nearly $1,300. No, we can't afford them, either. But we are including them on this roundup to prove a point: If Christian Louboutinâthe French footwear designer known for sky-high, red-soledÂ stilettosâis getting in on the sneaker game, then they really are a fashion "do."