By Camille N-G
As a new student at Southwest, I noticed that the majority of the students wore a select few kinds of shoes. I did a survey of 110 students to find out which were their favorites. The one that stood out the most to me was Birkenstocks. I hadn’t been aware of this trend until starting school this fall, and I didn’t even know that kids my age wore them. It seems as if over half of the students are wearing them every day! The popular alternative style has manifested itself in these comfortable leather shoes. On girls, Birkenstocks are usually worn with leggings and a cute sweater. Otherwise pairing them with a casual dress can create the perfect boho look. On guys, they are usually worn with any shorts, except athletic styles. Birkenstocks can be worn with calf-high socks or with none at all. They are a cute and easy fall staple shoe.
Beating out all of the other shoes, Converse were the school favorite in popularity. Converse have never seemed to go out of style. I remember getting a black pair in second grade, and then a lemon yellow pair in fourth grade and wearing them constantly until my toes were smashed against the front. These sneakers are a timeless classic that can be worn with almost anything. They can be dressed up with a cute fit-n-flare dress and a chunky sweater. They can also be paired with jeans and a graphic tee to create a more casual look on girls or guys. Converse are (and have always been) a great shoe for any outfit, especially this fall.
Two very similar shoes common at Southwest are Vans and Keds. The Lo Pro style Vans are almost identical to Keds. Vans are a gender-neutral shoe, while the latter seem to be more popular among girls. Vans turned out to be over three times more popular than Keds in my survey. Personally, I think Vans have a slightly more attractive shape and are sturdier. I have two pairs in the Lo Pro style: one black with white laces, and one all white. My black pair is my favorite and I have worn them out so much that I now sport a slowly growing hole in one shoe, exposing my big toe. Neutral-colored Vans and Keds go with everything. Girls, pair them with a dress, a skirt and sweater, printed joggers, or jeans. Guys, use them to top off your back-to-school best: sweaters, hoodies, skinnies, or shorts. They are easy to wear and comfortable all day.
The last trend that I have seen lately is combat boots. This category doesn’t exactly follow the pattern of specific brands, but these seem to be a favorite among fashionable girls at Southwest. Combat boots have recently made a comeback from the 90’s, along with the rest of the grunge style. These were one of the highest-voted shoes in my survey. They can be all shades of brown, black, and grey. Try them with loose fitting dresses or flannel with leggings for an all-out grunge look, or a girly skirt to add just a little edge. All of these popular styles are great additions to anyone’s closet, and although all of these shoes are cute, Converse was the most popular among Southwest students.