STYLE
05/09/2012 01:01 pm ET | Updated Oct 11, 2012

Rihanna, Sarah Jessica Parker and 24 More Stars Prove Sneakers Aren't Just For Athletes (PHOTOS)

Sneakers have seen me through every stage of life. In elementary school I had a pair of fuchsia hi-top Reeboks (with double velcro!) that I adored. Later, in high school, I was a sprinter so I had some seriously tricked out kicks: light as slippers, bright as the sun and with metal spikes in the sole that would leave Lady Gaga agog. These days, however, I only wear my Nikes for an occasional jog, but you'll never catch me out and about in athletic footwear.

My negative feelings toward the sporty shoes changed recently when I saw style iconSolange Knowles out in New York City wearing a cute shorts-and-top-ensemble, Chanel bag ... and hi-top sneaks. I would never have thought to pair running shoes with the classic purse, but that's what makes Knowles a trendsetter: she takes the unexpected and makes it look so why-didn't-I-think-of-that easy.

Why have I fallen in love all over again? Because sneakers take any look down a notch. Your skirt's too short? Add a pair of Converse and they are now weekend-appropriate. Your dress is too girly? Add Isabel Marant's hidden wedge sneaks and you're channeling Kate Bosworth. Best of all is that the footwear is undeniably comfy; leave your band-aids and that extra pair of flats at home.

Check out 26 celebrities who serve as inspiration, plus eight pairs of seriously cute kicks.

Celebrities in Sneakers

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