Each and every school year spanning from Grade 1 to Grade 8, my parents would buy me a new pair of sneakers for my growing feet. They were my 'new shoes' (a.k.a. only shoes) for the school year and I wore them every single day. There were Nikes, Brooks, Reeboks and Sketchers that I remember, and I thought each and every pair was the coolest thing ever. That is, until I went to high school and got my first pair of Converse and started buying vintage shoes at thrift store and transformed into a teenage Imelda Marcos. Since then, I never thought I'd return to the world of foam-soled comfort footwear but there has been a noticeable shift in the blogosphere towards incorporating athletic wear into fashion outfits and I'm diggin' it. Fashion and comfort don't have to be mutually exclusive, but I never thought I'd feel this way about any pair of shoes that weren't awkward, chunky ankle boots (my fave). Add a jolt of neon to the sneaker and I'm utterly convinced.