Spring Looks We Love: Elsa Sneaker
There’s nothing like that first warm spring day—leaving home without a coat. Wearing canvas shoes without worrying about wet toes or cold ankles. Skipping the beanie.
Depending on where you live, spring may already be here—or it may still be buried under late snow. For us in Portland, every moderately sunny day is followed by two rainy ones to remind us, not yet! But the cherry blossoms don’t lie—warm weather is just around the corner.
To celebrate leaving our houses with less winter gear, we struck out on a sunny day for a KEEN employee photo shoot. The goal? Capturing spring looks we love for a fan (and employee) favorite: the Elsa collection. Read on for some of our favorite spring looks and how to make these versatile shoes part of any spring urban adventure.
The Look: Versatile Comfort
Oh, the endlessly versatile chambray shirt. Wear it with dresses or skirts, leggings, or jeans. Layer it over or under, tuck it or knot it. Its wearability is endless—kind of like the Elsa sneaker. This all vegan shoe is little bit preppy, a little bit tomboy, and perfect for dressing up or down.
Sneaker tip: If you want to break up a monochromatic outfit without making an extreme statement, choose neutral sneakers in a different hue.
Our favorite part of this go-to, casual outfit is its simplicity. Pants, shirt, shoes, go! We went with denim on denim, with a little bit of sage to break it up. You can go with distressed jeans for a little bit of edge and detail, or choose a dark wash jean to differentiate it more. Add or subtract accessories to make it your own. We added the neutral brown sweater for texture and warmth for those chilly spring mornings.
All together, you have an outfit that feels just at home at the dog park, in a brunch line, or at a summer concert. A tip from us to you: Don’t sacrifice comfort for style—or vice versa.
EVA, KEEN WORKPLACE EXPERIENCE ASSISTANT
“I’d wear Elsa for fun urban hikes, like along the waterfront with my husband and pup fur-baby! It’s a great summer shoe, lightweight but sturdy. I also love pushing boundaries in fashion, so I’d have fun incorporating them into a heavily fashion forward outfit while out on the town.”
The Look: Classic Simplicity
For this look, we paired cropped wide-leg jeans (comfy, flattering, and perfect for spring) with a neutral, textured top for a casual yet classic, tailored feel. Then we added the Elsa II crochet sneaker. Versatile and breathable, they’re comfy without taking away from the outfit’s playful polish.
Sneaker tip: Add interest without looking too fussy by mixing the crochet look with patterns (stripes!) or other fun textures.
Put it all together (and add a hat for that pesky sun) and you get the perfect casual Friday outfit. Walk across town, swing by the farmer’s market—or even head out to the hills for some wine tasting? COME ON SPRING. HURRY UP.
MICHELA, KEEN SALES COORDINATOR
“These are so cute for spring! I love the light blue color and texture of the crochet. They would make a great 7-day-a-week shoe in the spring/summertime.”
The Look: Light Traveler
We admit it—when airlines first started charging for checked baggage, we saw it as a challenge, not a problem. Is it possible to pack everything for a week in a carry-on? Definitely. And, it’s much easier in spring—especially when you have one shoe that can do everything.
The Elsa slip-on is our favorite travel shoe for city adventures. It’s got great arch support for long walks from Terminal A to Terminal Q (wherever that is). Slip-ons are also a great way to speed you through TSA (and for slipping off on the plane, but we DEFINITELY didn’t tell you to do this). Plus, the Elsa is breathable and lightweight with Cleansport NXT™ for natural odor control; it’s also our other vegan shoe.
Sneaker tip: To avoid looking too matchy-matchy, match sneakers to a small detail or accessory (in this case, the stripes), rather than larger items, like a cardigan or pants.
We love this outfit specifically because it’s easy to toss on for those 6 a.m. flights. The yellow and navy look smart together and by adding the cheery, nautical stripes, you get a look that holds up after 4 hours on a plane.
Best of all, that Elsa versatility really comes through throughout the trip. Swap out pants for shorts or throw on a dress, and you’ll still have comfort and style for urban exploring.
IVY, KEEN E-COMMERCE FAN SERVICES MANAGER
“I LOVE that the Elsa slip on has a casual look that you can dress up or down, and that it is so comfy. They have the typical KEEN fit, so they are nice and roomy so your toes aren’t squished and the insole is nice and cushioned.”