When a massive blizzard reared its damp, wintry head last February fashion week, heels became scarce. Everyone from fancy European editors to models to interns tromped to and from Lincoln Center in waterproof boots, secretly enjoying the excuse to engulf their feet in something cozy and fur-lined. Following several show seasons spent wobbling around in stilettos, it was a welcome change indeed.
Since then, the fashion community can’t get enough of comfortable shoes. They’ve been pairing flats with party dresses, Tevas with Bermuda shorts and sneakers with, well, everything. Over the last year, trainers of all kinds have become the go-to footwear of editors, models and the type of girls who pop up on street style blogs. To prepare you for the impending arrival of NYFW (three weeks, guys!), we’ve singled out the seven athletic styles most frequently spotted on the front row crowd—click through to stock up now.