Elizabeth Suzann Rhodes sweater (medium) | from last year, not the new version
Rachel Comey slim legion jeans (8)
James Perse cashmere cardigan (couple years old)
Robert Clergerie sneakers
Transience swing bag (gift from the designer to review) | on sale now, my full review here
After we spoke about cold ankles yesterday, I wore this and had cold ankles LOL. No, it wasn’t that bad, really, it was downright balmy yesterday at 45 degrees and sunny. But while we were out (I took my stepson to the mall to get a pair of shoes for the Peloton) I tried on these high-top knit Vince sneakers at Nordstrom.
I wanted to see just how ugly they looked on.
The style was started by Balenciaga awhile ago, and has now caught on, so that more mainstream designers are doing it, and now is more accessible to more people. You know how I feel about sneakers (I love them), and I’m always game to try a unique style, but I just never gave this style of high-top jogger a second look. Until now.
Backing up a second, if you’re new here, I can’t really wear boots. Not even ankle boots, unless they’re VERY low, because of my wide calves and non-existent ankles. I do have a pair of Rag & Bone booties that are quite low, which fit, but otherwise, I have never EVER had good luck with boots, and have given up on finding a pair that works for me. I also don’t really love the look of ankle boots on my thicker legs.
But these new Vince high-top knit sneakers are a different proposition altogether. They weren’t ugly (I found the 7.5 worked better than my true size 8), even with these jeans, and they fit well; they didn’t come up too high. They were snug and comfortable, and would be warmer with a pair of socks, but served the purpose of keeping my ankles warmer than without any covering at all.
These might actually solve all my cold ankle problems.
I haven’t ordered them yet, but I may, just to try on at home with my wide Clydes, and other things, and see if I’d actually wear them. I don’t know…we’ll see. I do earn credit at Shopbop every month to use there, and I don’t want any clothes at the moment, so why not try?
You’ve given me courage, Grechen! I’ve been eyeing these with genuine lust for some time, but was concerned that they are too trendy/short shelf life/trying to hard and with limited range/purpose. I try not to do that. I do. Sooo…how did they feel? Do you think they’d make a good long walk about/errands for an entire day shoe? Otherwise I just can’t. Which is ok too.
Grechen Reiter says
i have always found vince shoes super-comfortable for walking/errands all day, and i *think* these would be as well but of course i don’t know for sure…
they seemed very comfortable right off, and like all vince shoes, like you’re walking on clouds LOL
on the sizing – i was fine with the size 8, which is my normal size, but there was a bit of room so i tried the 7.5. the 7.5 fit, and there was still a little room, but less. so i would go with the 7.5, but if you wanted to wear a thicker sock with them, i might NOT size down, if that helps.
i really like them, and think they’re cool – sort of trendy, yes, but they don’t have to be if they’re comfortable and we love them, right??
I love those! So weird and cool.
It was 10 degrees F when I left the house so uncovered ankles were NOT an option! (I’m wearing my super comfy Frye boots).
I love the Rhodes sweater on you! I passed on it the first time around but used the credit I had at ES to order the latest version. Waiting (mostly) patiently.
BTW, “trying TOO hard, not TO hard.” Lack of brain/typing co-ordination strikes again.
Grechen Reiter says
uh…i ordered them 🙂
should arrive on tuesday, so if you can wait that long, i’ll promise to wear them enough to give you a more thorough review ASAP!!!
I had a favorite Keen ankle boot that looked very similar to that, but with a black sole instead of white. I loved those boots. I loved them until they fell apart. I have consistent styling problems with ankle boots, therefore I wear them less frequently than I should. The only way I end up liking them is with a slim ankle pant (or jean, but since I only have 1 pr of jeans…) rolled up so there’s still a sliver of leg showing…..I can’t wear them with skirts or dresses and I don’t have very many wider pairs of pants now. Ugh.
These are cute! Since they are b&w and quite minimal looking, I feel like that will give the style a bit more staying power. Also if it becomes a sort of last season thing at some point, this will still always look great with lounge or workout gear. Also if it works for you/your wardrobe and you like it, who cares if it’s out of fashion? I do suspect because the sock ankle aspect fits such a wide variety of people it may stick around for awhile anyway.
Of course I am still the 5’1″ proud owner of high top sneakers with a wedge heel so I am fully in the who cares if it’s in camp (Nike Dunk Sky Hi to be specific).
I have cold ankles today too – TWINSIES!! I recently discovered that if I get a petite in the jeggings I love, they fit me like ankle pants. So happy!! I totally dig your wide-leg pants 🙂
Respectfully – you tried on the Vince Sneakers at Nordstrom but linked to Shopbop for your readers to possibly order them? Brick and mortar stores provide customers the service to be able to touch and feel and try on items before purchase – it only seems fair to support them with the purchase. Sorry – it is a thing for me, I like shopping at brick and mortar stores and feel it isn’t fair to then purchase on line. If the B&M store doesn’t have the proper size and can’t get that is different.
Grechen Reiter says
hi cheryl – i linked to shopbop and purchased from shopbop because 1. my nordstrom store did not have the black available, which is the color i wanted to order and 2. i earn credit at shopbop every month to spend there, and that is what i used to buy the shoes, not cash. so it was natural for me to link to shopbop because that’s where i ordered them. perhaps i should have linked to nordstrom, since they do have the black available online. but i didn’t.
i’m certainly not stopping anyone from going to their local nordstrom and purchasing the shoe in store, i’m sure many people will do that instead of buy through my link, and that’s great. hopefully the fact that i didn’t purchase the shoes at my local store will be overshadowed by the number of people who DO.
IF i was paying cash and i tried the shoes on in a smaller, local boutique, i might have purchased them in the local boutique – i do appreciate that small, independent boutiques exist and are a place for people to engage with items and touch/feel them before buying and i try to support smaller boutiques and designers as much as i possibly can. in this case, however, i simply posted the link to the store i was purchasing through, nothing more, nothing less