How the Most Powerful Women in the World Wear the Most Comfortable Shoe on Earth
Here's the thing about some of the most sophisticated, stylish working women in the world who we look to for inspiration: they dress sensibly for casual events. Even when they're tending to their duties (think Kate Middleton making an appearance at a sporting event or Victoria Beckham paying a visit to her showroom during a busy Fashion Week), they appear polished. But, usually, they cap off their looks with a functional shoe.
Yes, it's true: every professional power lady, FLOTUS, former FLOTUS, or royal owns sneakers. The brands they wear also happen to be quite affordable. In fact, not a single pair here rings in over $200. Read on to see the impressive collections that have wowed us through the years, then shop the cool kicks all the business babes seem to favor — perhaps even more than their black pumps.
Michelle most famously showed off her varied collection of Converse sneakers while tending to the White House Garden. She styled these purple low-tops with denim and a matching belt and cardigan in October 2009.
Michelle also owns a pair of low-top Converse in this marigold shade, which she showed off with a chartreuse top and jeans in May 2013.
If you think Michelle only opts for one Converse silhouette, think again. She rocked her high-top Chucks with a military green vest and flannel at the White House Garden in October 2016.
The late princess debuted her navy low-top Supergas while making a speech at Red Cross Projects in Angola in 1997.
Melania owns white low-top Converse too. She wore this pair with cropped jeans and a breezy button-down while visiting victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida in September 2017.
When Melania disembarked from Air Force One on her second visit to Texas following Hurricane Harvey, she was wearing a hunter green "FLOTUS" baseball hat that was only highlighted further by a pair of matching Converse.
Melania's $1,500 Balmain flannel caused lots of buzz when she worked in the White House garden for the first time in September 2017. All part of the look? A pair of gray-blue low-top Converse sneakers. So far, we count three pairs of these . . .
Victoria's Adidas Originals Samba sneakers have also made an appearance in her Winter wardrobe. She styled these with loose trousers, a duster coat, and a crossbody bag during Fashion Week in February 2017.
Amal mixed high and low on a visit to George Clooney's Money Monster set in April 2015. The human rights lawyer and activist capped off her Balenciaga leather jacket with Ash buckled sneakers, a more elevated option should you want to make a bit more of an edgy statement.
The former J. Crew designer has been seen wearing sneakers everywhere from the street, with ladylike dresses, to red carpet events. She wore a short-sleeved blouse and lace pencil skirt with her Adidas Stan Smiths in September 2015.
The cofounder of Buro 24/7 and entrepreneur constantly wears sophisticated suits and long, tailored coats. But more often than not, it's sneakers or flats over heels for Mira, who wore a pair of Asics gel sneakers with a trench and Gabriela Hearst bag during Paris Fashion Week in March 2016.
Princess Beatrice of York wore sleek black-and-white Nike trainers on the streets of Soho in June 2017. The trendy royal completed her look with a leather crossbody bag, mastering modern day athleisure style.
Nike Cortez Basic Jewel Leather Sneakers
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Seasonal OX ($38, originally $55)