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The Surprising Shoe That Will Transform Your Casual Fridays

In our imaginations, "casual Fridays" were invented to fashionably celebrate both the end of the work week and the upcoming weekend. So when we're in between these two lovely time periods, we opt for relaxed outfits that don't require too much thought. When it comes to footwear, we turn to the one shoe that can either dress up or dress down an outfit: New Balance sneakers.

Instead of your typical pair of running sneakers, these classic kicks have so many variations and colors that they will match any look you pull together. They can class up your casual digs to playful new heights, or they can bring an otherwise stuffy-looking outfit down to earth. With their low top and and solid structure, pants and dresses of all lengths pair perfectly. Plus, they're comfortable -- so comfortable, in fact, that you'll be wondering how you made it through the whole week wearing anything else.

So in celebration of one of our go-to shoes, check out all the different ways to style some of our favorite "casual Friday" outfits below.

Combine your snapback with an equally colorful sneaker.
bright colors
New Balance Mrt580, Trainerspotter The Starter Wiggle A Frame Snapback, Saint Laurent Lightly Distressed Jeans, 21 MENS Heathered Knit Tee; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/BushH

Forget dressing down your LBD, it's all about the little white dress.
updated little white dress
New Balance 550 Classic Run Shoes, Zimmerman V Dress, Accessorize Sterling Silver Star And Moon Stacking Set; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/rimarama

Tighten up a loose silhouette with these structured trainers.
flowing
New Balance 501 Retro Sneaker, Evans Blue Stud Tunic Dress, Bobbi Brown Lip Color Candied Red; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/julialcantara

Or stay true to your all-black minimalism.
little black dress
New Balance 620, Forever New Bella Panelled Scuba Skater Dress, Petra Round Strikeout Sunglasses; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/ZoH

If all else fails, complete your outfit's color scheme.
color scheme
New Balance Wr996, High Waisted Jean Shorts Cuttoff Cuffed, Mango Double Layer Top, Empress Flower Bangle; Photo courtesy: Lookbook.nu/haveafashionbreak

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