How to Find Your Perfect Pair of Sneakers

If you take any lessons from Annie Banks let it be this: sneakers go with everything. Father of the Bride fans will remember the wedding scene where George Banks (Steve Martin) walks his daughter down the aisle. What is she wearing? A fresh pair of custom kicks under her wedding dress.

Sneakers are on trend and we should take advantage—even Michelle Obama was spotted sporting sneakers with a dress! Below is a guide to the coolest kicks by city and, just for fun, which hint flavor to pair them with. The beauty of this trend is that sneakers are available at all price ranges—and you will not regret the comfort!

San Francisco

Those hills are killer and we all know it. Whether you are walking (or hiking) to work, walking your dog or heading to wine country for a lazy Saturday go out, a pair of Allbirds will treat you right. These amazingly comfortable sneaks are the brainchild of New Zealand–bred Tim Brown and San Francisco–based engineer and renewables expert Joey Zwillinger. They utilize Italian textile mills and natural materials to create what we like to call foot heaven. So next time you are hiking The Presidio and heading straight for brunch throw these on.

My pick: Wool Runners in Tul Light Red ($95)

downloadPairs with: mango-grapefruit hint® water

1476814612273_-5917948821681876230-1200wNew York City

You don’t have to look like an ’80s Melanie Griffith in Working Girl while you run for the subway in a sneaks/power-suit combo. Thanks to Vince, our go-to for chic basics, we have the slip-on sneaker revolution. Find comfort in these from commute to desk to dinner. Pair with jeans for the weekend and a fit-and-flare dress during week. If you are a New Yorker like me your wardrobe is black-on-black so these will go perfectly with everything. Get lost in the Met for hours this weekend, your feet won’t feel a thing!

My pick: Warren Flannel Sneaker ($225)

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1476815178187_9149904365295818833-1200wPalm Beach

Who would have thought that two of our favorite things could be morphed into one magical being? Loeffler Randall. An espadrille/sneaker hybrid is the highlight of the designer’s latest collection. For the Palm Beach go-er, these are the perfect jet-set item; they are light in your suitcase, keep your feet cool in the hot Florida sun and look adorable with a sundress or shorts. For days spent shopping on Worth Avenue and lunch at The Brazilian Court’s Cafe Boulud, these are a must.

My pick: Alfie Espadrille Sneaker ($225)

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1476816744993_-530216823761919783-600wLos Angeles

“Obsessed” is the one word I have for Van’s Old Skool line. The company, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, has been #1 for skateboarders, surfers, snowboarders, and BMXers alike since their Southern California launch in 1966. (Follow their sneaker journey here.) The Old Skool women’s line features more than 60 color combinations. These iconic sneaks match the star-studded town they were born in! Take them for a spin around the Santa Monica Pier.

My pick: Hologram Old Skool ($65)

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If you live in or travel to Austin,TX, you know two things well: food and music. In this city it would be easy to fill your time eating and drinking at amazing restaurants like Perla’s and June’s All Day or the celebrated Austin food trucks. Austin is a city for the do-ers out there. With vintage shops, live music (and festivals like Austin City Limits), amazing museums, chic hotels, and beautiful lakes, walking or biking from spot to spot is one of the best ways to spend your time. The city pairs perfectly with must-have shoe the ever-classic Stan Smith Sneaker. My newest obsession is the Mi Stan Smiths, which are customizable.

My pick: Women’s Originals Stan Smith Shoes ($75)

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Nike, parent of the Air Max sneaker, Swoosh logo, and iconic slogan “Just Do It” was founded by University of Oregon track athlete Phil Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman in 1964. The company is fittingly headquartered in the Portland metropolitan area. The creative and culinary city has just as much to do within its limits as it does outside. There are amazing outdoor adventures to be had a quick distance from the city between forest reserves, gorgeous coastal landscapes, and the river gorge. Click here for my favorite local guide to trail running.

My pick: Nike Air Zoom Pegasus 33 ($110)

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If all else fails, you can always take a bench in the shoe department, but what’s more fun than shopping for sneaks by city?