Summer is coming but this doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away your Js. We’ve reached out to some Jozi girls who has a killer approach to when it comes to styling their Jordan sneakers, and what’s more, they’ve got the feed to prove it. They’ve bypassed all channels it traditionally would take to get noticed as a style influencer, and have taken to Instagram to show the world they’ve got a killer approach when it comes to dressing up sneakers.

Get their tips on how to style your Jordans this summer.

Jade Tootla

“The best accessory to go with my Jordan sneakers are my hoop earrings or a dope chain. These are essential.”

Where do you draw inspiration from when it comes to every day style? 

I generally find my inspiration for fits from my friends — whether that be my internet or real life friends. I am fortunate to have many friends who are fashion icons and have the dopest fashion sense. I also draw inspiration from how I feel that day and how I wanna look. I stopped focusing of what everyone else was doing and more on what made me feel comfortable and instead drew inspiration from sources other than Instagram. Also, I draw inspiration from how I feel that day and how I wanna look. 

How do you like to wear your Jordan sneakers?

I like to style my Jordan sneakers with baggy jeans and a plain graphic t-shirt or on formal days with a suit jacket and a pair of formal plaid pants.

How do you kill the perception that sneakers and dresses can’t be worn together?

I kill it by styling my Jordans with random styled skirts that make the look more casual and “tomboyish”. I just wear my Jordans how I want and when I want.

How are you driving and influencing the style game on Instagram? 

Consistent content being posted about what I wear and OOTDs (Outfit of the day) as well as posting fashion inspiration on my stories. 

What’s your favourite accessory to wear with your Js? 

The best accessory to go with my Jordans are my hoop earrings or a dope chain. These are essential. 

TLOTLANG

“I wear sneakers with my church uniform where it is compulsory for girls to wear black pumps” 

Where do you find inspiration for your ‘fits? Is it from people, Instagram or your surroundings?

All of the above. As Phillip Lim said, “Fashion reflects involvement and surroundings.” Instagram is one of the platforms that has all of my favourite bloggers involved in the culture that inspires me daily. I’m surrounded by the most creative friends ever and they too constantly inspire me. 

How do you like to style your Jordan sneakers? What do you wear with it?

They go well with all my fits but my faves are baggy jeans, two piece suit and mini skirts

How do you kill the perception that “sneakers can’t be worn with dresses”?

By wearing my sneakers with my church uniform where it is compulsory for girls to wear black pumps

What is your favourite accessory to pair with your Jordan sneakers?

My DEAD. side bag. 

What are your favourite style hacks when it comes to sneakers and how are you changing the way people dress their sneakers?

Pairing them with items that are considered “couture” eg. suits, blazers. I encouraging the exploration of “high-street” which is the merge of street wear and high fashion. 

How did you find your identity in the way you dress and how are you using Instagram to communicate your identity and style??

All thanks to the ’90s! My inquisitive nature led me to multiple locations. Braam and Maboneng that inspired my current style right now. I post pictures that represent the most authentic version of myself and my style. 

LERAI

“I wear sneakers with my church uniform where it is compulsory for girls to wear black pumps” 

Where do you find inspiration for your ‘fits? Is it from people, Instagram or your surroundings?

All of the above. As Phillip Lim said, “Fashion reflects involvement and surroundings.” Instagram is one of the platforms that has all of my favourite bloggers involved in the culture that inspires me daily. I’m surrounded by the most creative friends ever and they too constantly inspire me. 

How do you like to style your Jordan sneakers? What do you wear with it?

They go well with all my fits but my faves are baggy jeans, two piece suit and mini skirts

How do you kill the perception that “sneakers can’t be worn with dresses”?

By wearing my sneakers with my church uniform where it is compulsory for girls to wear black pumps

What is your favourite accessory to pair with your Jordan sneakers?

My DEAD. side bag. 

What are your favourite style hacks when it comes to sneakers and how are you changing the way people dress their sneakers?

Pairing them with items that are considered “couture” eg. suits, blazers. I encouraging the exploration of “high-street” which is the merge of street wear and high fashion. 

How did you find your identity in the way you dress and how are you using Instagram to communicate your identity and style??

All thanks to the ’90s! My inquisitive nature led me to multiple locations. Braam and Maboneng that inspired my current style right now. I post pictures that represent the most authentic version of myself and my style. 

KHANYI

“I just try to be myself all the time because that’s probably the easiest thing for me to do and a lot of people relate and feel some sort of comfort and trust in everything I post so I try be as real and stylish as possible” 

Where do you find inspiration for your outfits?

I try to be versatile by pulling off different looks every time, so I get inspired by a lot of things: people on Instagram, my friends sometimes and old school music videos.

What are your favourite Jordan sneakers and how do you like to style it up?

My favourite pair of Jordans would be the black and red Jordan 1s. It’s very close to my heart so I try to incorporate it with all of the fits I wear like baggy jeans, sometimes a dress or skirt or anything to be honest. I try my hardest best to wear it all the time.  

How do you kill the perception that “sneakers can’t be worn with dresses”?

I just killed it ? Although you have to be specific with it, you have to wear socks and they kinda need to be visible for a really cute, girlish but ‘sneakerish‘ feel.

I’ve gotten a lot of eyes with wearing a dress and sneakers but I made it look cute and after that I’ve seen more people around me hop on that wave and it makes me happy because I’m not a sandals person. 

Your favourite accessories paired with your Jordan sneakers have to be…

it has to be over-sized jeans, a white tee and a couple of gold chains. It’s the simplest way to look cute and it’s a whole wave that me and my friends started (not really, but we made it pop ) and it’s now a THING and beautiful to watch. It’s such a simple and basic outfit but probably the cutest.

And when it comes to style hacks?

I don’t have any style hacks but I’d advise people to always keep their sneakers clean because dirty sneakers aren’t cute, also just wear them with whatever you want to wear them with.  BE YOURSELF IN YOUR SNEAKERS ?

How did you find your identity in the way you dress and how are you using your feed to communicate it?

The way I dress is me telling everyone how I feel that day. My outfits are my voice and they do a whole lot more talking than I do . I’ve realized along the years that I’m actually a really a brave/edgy person and I love making serious statements and this is not me just saying this to sound different ? It’s my outfit. I try not to take my Instagram too serious. 

RENEILLOE

“It’s easy to have creative freedom when you stop worrying about people’s opinions.” 

Where do you find inspiration for your outfits we’ve been seeing on the ‘gram?

A lot of my outfit inspiration comes from my surroundings or the people I associate myself with, but most of the time I just throw on random clothing items and somehow they just work.

How do you like to style your Jordan sneakers and what do you like to wear with it?

I could practically style my Jordans anyhow because they work well with anything. I’d wear them with baggy trousers or an oversized dungaree, which I’d pair with a crisp pair or white socks because white socks just work with a good pair of Jordans, as well as a cool graphic T-shirt.

How do you kill the perception “sneakers can’t be worn with dresses”?

I’d kill the perception by pulling it off anyway. I’m well known for my ability to go against fashion norms and still make it work, and this is because I don’t really care about people’s judgement.

What is your favourite accessory to pair with your Jordan sneakers and what are your favourite style hacks?

A crisp pair of white socks or a simple bucket hat. Your outfit could be completely trash, but a good pair of sneakers will make your outfit look amazing.

How did you find your identity in the way you dress and how are you using your feed to communicate your style? 

I found my identity when I stopped dressing to impress others and started dressing to express myself, it’s easy to have creative freedom when you stop worrying about people’s opinions. 

How are you changing the way people dress?

By reminding them not to conform to fashion norms in society and encouraging them to wear what they want to wear. I post anything on my Instagram regardless of what people might say or think and regardless of the hate and the negativity I might receive. I really couldn’t care less about what people have to say. If I think I look good I’ll post pictures. I hope my Instagram followers inherit my confidence so that they’re able to freely express themselves on their own feeds. 

KATLEGO

“My Air Jordan 1s are my go-to sneakers” 

How do past trends inspire your outfits?

I’m a sucker for older styles of fashion, I spend a lot of time on the net getting inspiration from our 90’s/2000’s fashion icons and then interpreting the looks in my own way.

How do you like to style your Jordan sneakers? What do you wear with it?

My Air Jordan 1s are my go-to sneakers — they compliment all my looks. I can pair them with some baggy jeans, a skirt, a dungaree or even a two piece suit.

How did you kill the perception that “sneakers can’t be worn with dresses”?

The funny thing is that I broke this rule before I even knew it existed. Missy Elliot influenced my tomboy-chic aesthetic. I remember watching her ‘Work’ music video and I just liked how she reflected a less gender specific role — long story short, I’ve been pairing my dresses with sneakers since ’08.

What is your favourite accessory to pair with your Jordan sneakers?

My shiny red crocodile skin shoulder bag that I thrifted for R20!

What are your favourite style hacks when it comes to sneakers?

Keep your laces and soles clean, even when your sneakers are dirty they look clean.

How are you influencing the way people wear their sneakers?

In my senior year I wore my matric dance gown with my Nike Air Jordan 1s and I made the most absurd fashion choice trend in my city. I’ve always been about this tomboy aesthetic since I was a child and it’s stuck with me since.

How are you using Instagram to communicate your identity and style?

I stay true to myself and my style. I dress for me and I wear what I feel comfortable in and I hope I encourage others to do the same.

THEMBILIHLE

“Instagram is my own magazine and I get to post what I like and I guess that on its own communicates who I am.” 

What influences your style and how do you put together your outfits each day?

I always find this question difficult as I genuinely wear what i like depending on how I feel that day, but I will say that my mother has amazing style and I make sure that I level up and look as good as her. 

What’s the thing you love most about your Jordan sneakers and how do you like to style it up?

One thing I Love about Jordans is that you can dress them up and you can dress them down. I wear my Jordans many ways whether it be with skirts and dresses or sweats and jeans.

What’s your take on pairing sneakers and dresses?

Sneakers have always been stylish and comfortable as well as dresses so I’ve always paired the two and showed that it is, in actual fact, a perfect and comfortable combination.

What’s your favourite accessory to make your Js really pop?

Definitely a matching bag. 

What are your favourite style hacks when it comes to sneakers?

1. Keep an outfit in mind when purchasing a sneaker
2. Always buy matching socks
3. Pair your sneakers with skirts and dresses!

How are you influencing the way people dress?

It goes back to comfort and style. Where people can see that you can be comfortable and stylish.

How has Instagram influenced your style and how do you use it to express yourself?

Instagram is my own magazine and I get to post what I like and I guess that on its own communicates who I am. I’ve always loved colours and played around with prints and that always stuck with me and formed part of my style and identity.