As many of you know, we spent a couple of weeks in August vacationing in Europe. We did France for a bit (Nantes, Normandy, St. Malo), and then cruised down to Barcelona for our final week. The trip was amazing on so many levels, but, as always, the street style was seriously good. Oddly enough, one pair of sneakers popped up again and again and again – in both France and Barcelona. These New Balance 410s appeared to be the shoe of choice for Cool Girls Walking: Europe Edition, so when I got home I promptly ordered them, just to see what all the fuss was about.
Yeah. Those Cool Girls are totally onto something.
The New Balance 410s aren’t really running shoes, rather lightweight sneakers. The kind of sneakers that you can actually wear without socks, the kind of sneakers that you can wear in hot temps, and the kind of sneakers you’ll wear all Fall. They make a statement yet are not not bulky, therefore avoiding any potential BigFoot tendencies.
In Europe, tons of girls rocked these sneaks with dresses, skirts, tailored trousers, or jeans-and-scarves-combos. Europe always feels a little dressier to me – it’s like everyone adds in one dressy element, whether it’s a dress, skirt, or something tailored, then grounds the outfit with sneakers and tshirts.
Here are two ways (out of many – I’ve seriously been wearing them nonstop) that I’ve been wearing my New Balance 410s. One is a nod to chic European style with a tailored short, the other is allll me (think sweaters and cut-offs at the shore).
Lastly, I also included a few pics with my Brooks Chariot sneakers. They have a similar sensibility as the New Balances, but with really unique color combos. Super easy way to make a tshirt-and-jean combo more interesting.