I wear them (almost) every day.

By Blake Bakkila
Updated August 29, 2017

I’ll admit it: A few months ago, I spent over $100 on a pair of shoes. No, they weren’t a pair of Kanye West’s now-iconic Yeezys, and I don’t think I am capable of pulling off Rihanna’s Fenty slides. I’m talking about a pair of white Converse—but please, allow me to explain.

The addition of “athleisure” to sartorial vocabulary has inspired a fashion-meets-function approach to style. For me, living in New York City requires one of two things: comfortable commuter shoes with heels in tow, or a pair that manages to do both. There’s a little more flexibility because of my job (you will rarely see a two-piece suit in the Real Simple office), but on more casual or active days, I love to wear my Comme des Garçons low-top sneakers.

A collaboration with graphic artist Filip Pagowski, designer Rei Kawakubo and Converse produced my absolute favorite pair of shoes. The classic white sneakers with a fun heart design peeking out the sides were a small addition to my wardrobe, but I’ve certainly seen return(s) in my investment.

From a recent trip abroad, where I tracked countless miles per day to a casual Friday to a walk through Central Park, these shoes do it all. They’re comfortable, easy to clean (I am forever indebted to the rubber toe) and complement nearly every outfit in my closet. They are my go-tos, and I find myself wearing them far more often than my more neutral (and casual) pair of Chuck Taylors.

Plus, Comme des Garçons was the theme at this year’s Met Gala. I’m far from qualifying as a fashionista, but these are my ideal version of “designer apparel” at a relatively low cost. Our more savvy style team might reject this notion, but I feel like these shoes elevate almost any casual ensemble.

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I don’t recommend throwing on a pair to your next big meeting or 2018’s Met Gala, but if you’re looking for a classic sneaker with a twist, Comme des Garçons Converse will add just the right amount of pep to your step.