Picture this: a subway car heading downtown full of 20-somethings clad in the very latest the fashion industry has to offer. Bags, boots, and cold-weather accessories emblazoned with logos in a font size not unlike the first letter on an eye exam, puffer coats in colors so bright they’re borderline blinding, all worn with a flashy attitude to match. This isn’t an imagined scene; it’s our morning commute in New York City.

This more-is-more approach to dressing is unquestionably of the moment, and no one item is impervious to the trend, even high-tops. It seems as though they, too, have decided that the louder, the better. There’s one problem, though: when your head-to-toe look is full of statement pieces, it, well, makes the wrong statement.

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The trick to pulling it all off is to wear one anchor piece that tones everything else down, and footwear is a good place to start. After all, how is your faux-fur bomber going to compete with, say, bright-red high-tops? A style we’re eyeing right now is Allbirds’s all-new Tree Topper, a refreshingly simple take on the high-top silhouette. They’re the kind of sleek, pared-down shoe that let’s a louder piece do all of the talking while holding their own.

What we like about the kicks is the simplicity of its design; they’re void of any bells and whistles that distract. The colorways leave little room for error when building a fire ’fit. It’s also worth pointing out that the Tree material (renewable, sustainably sourced eucalyptus tree fibers) is incredibly lightweight.

Peep the images above for a closer look at the style, and be sure to find the balance in your ’fit the next time you step out.

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