Sneakers: the stylish yet functional trend that, after a couple of years in the spotlight, is still at the forefront of the footwear industry. Gone are the days of chunky Nikes and Converse with overbearing labels–sneakers these days are sleek, and come in a variety of colours, shapes, patterns and textures.

The mainstream rise in sneakers goes hand in hand with the athleisure trend. As our lives become more entrenched in health and wellness, fashion has followed suit in providing pieces that can fit the weekend and, when styled correctly, the workplace.

Not that you should wear your Adidas hiking shoes to the office–fashion sneakers are a whole other breed, and can take any outfit from ordinary to inspired. Some of our favourites are by ZCD Montreal, a sneaker brand founded by young Canadians Zoe and Zach Claman DeMelo. The shoes are made in Italy with the finest furs, skins, and leathers; and are a fine balance of cute and comfortable. While ZCD is a new brand, European veterans like Carven and Pollini have been making beautiful footwear for years. Straight from Korea, Suecomma Bonnie’s shoes put a futuristic yet playful spin on the sneaker. Then there’s Ron White, the footwear designer that many friends of Milli know and love, and his eponymous footwear line.

Many sophisticated women, young and old, are becoming sneakerheads in the own right. A role that was once exclusively held by teenage boys, sneakerheads are sneaker collectors and admirers. Similar to collecting bangles, or stilettos, sneakerheads believe in the work-of-art sneaker, they revel in new colours and styles, and have a sneaker for every occasion.

Whether you’re on the road to becoming a sneakerhead, or are just getting on board with the sneaker trend, we’ll help you take a step in the right direction. Visit us in Hamilton and Toronto for sneaker shopping and style advice.