High vs. Low: Perforated Slip On Sneaker

High vs Low Perforated Sneaker

High, $195; Low, $80

When it comes to getting dressed, the one category I struggle with is casual. Last Sunday, Bri took the girls over to our friend’s house to watch the Eagles game. I planned on staying home to take advantage of the quiet. About an hour later, a break seemed like the best remedy for my total lack of inspiration and focus. So I threw on jeans, a chambray shirt, and ballet flats.

I looked perfectly fine, but when I finally got to our friend’s house, I realized I’m missing a few pieces that would work better for casual weekend get-togethers. All my friends wear wearing cute fitted jerseys or team tee shirts (are we surprised that I don’t own a jersey??) and sporty not sneaker-sneakers.  I felt like I looked a little too precious in my ballet flats.  So I started looking for a slip-on sneaker because they feel more polished than a tie top. They also have a slimmer profile, so they work well with a skinny or straight leg jean or pant. I came across this gray pair from Vince ($195). I love the perforated style; it adds texture and interest, elevating your look a bit.

I was just about to put these in my cart when I thought I would  do a quick general search for “perforated slip-on sneaker” options and landed on these, from Caslon at Nordstrom’s. They are practically identical to the Vince and $80, which makes so much more sense, at least for my needs.  With the savings, I should probably pick up some kind of Eagles shirt so it won’t be so obvious that I only go hang out on game day for the wine and snacks.


**I also found these from Sperry, but went with the Caslon because I like the suede for the fall.

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Megan Kristel

Megan Kristel is an entrepreneur, working mom, and former personal stylist. Tired of the one-dimensional portrayal of women online, she founded The Well Dressed Life as a resource for other professional women.

  1. Hi Megan,
    Don’t know the best way to be in contact but I never received any thing on 9/15 for the Style Challenge.
    I signed up when you initially posted information. Can you tell me if I am signed up?

        1. You’re definitely on the list. According to our email service the email was sent to the above email on Friday at 11am. The email title is Welcome to the 30 Day Style Challenge!

  2. Once again, you speak my language! The first time I did the 30-day style challenge I realized I spend half my week dragging the kids around and had either sweats you’d never leave the house in or the “Working Mom didn’t find time to change” look. I’d love more advice in the pulled together casual outings category.

  3. I love these shoes! Re football game watching gear…Several sisters-in-law showed up this weekend in team colors but not tshirt or jersey. They looked great and showed their spirit – and looked chic!
    Thank you for a blog that is so authentic! 💕

  4. I picked up the Sperry version in June as an alternative to traditional sneakers for trips to the park with my kids, festivals, etc. I am shocked at how much I have worn these slip ons with everything from shorts, to jersey dresses and now jeans. I love them so much I am eyeing a Vince pair in grey leather!

    The Sperry version are suede just not as textured as the ones featured in this post. Very comfortable and even though they are perforated I wear a very low profile no show sock. Super comfortable!

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