Outfit Post: Urban Explorations | 9Lives
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When I first moved to Cape Town I was properly intimidated by the city-folk fashion scene. I imagined my style too small-town, commercial, simplistic, main-stream. People in Cape Town were undeniably cool, pulling off everything from thrift-shop faux fur to jeans and sneakers with utmost ease, and I was sure they were all judging me as I walked into one of the latest trending coffee shops. At least that’s what it seemed like from a newbie perspective.

After living in town for a couple of years I realised that most people in Cape Town really don’t give a damn what you wear, which means you have a lot of freedom to express yourself in any way you please. Find your vibe and roll with it.

The style I lean to most is probably athleisure, which has moved well beyond trend and become core to urban wardrobes. Sneaker culture runs through the city’s veins and companies continue launching creative, slick styles that can elevate the simplest jeans-and-a-t-shirt outfit. For me, fashion shouldn’t be hard work, and nothing is easier than hitting the streets in Chucks, Stan Smiths or Air Max kicks.

The outfit was inspired by the new Puma Basket Heart sneakers (R1299) that launched earlier this year. They have taken their classic court and given it a feminine twist with fat laces that tie like a gift ribbon. It took me a while to wrap my head around this style but now I find them really fun and flirty. They’re available in white and black leather as well as some really pretty pastel variations with satin, suede and denim finishes.

I paired them with my Topshop Joni jeans and a tied up denim shirt, accessorized with a Russell Athletic baseball cap (R350).

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I am a lifestyle blogger from Cape Town trying to find the best ways to spend my time, take care of my body and express myself. I am slightly obsessed with fragrances, sneakers, Jamie Oliver and Masterchef Australia. Oh, and I probably drink way too much wine.


  1. Tammy Perry Reply

    *Wolf whistle!*

    Great outfit!! ?? I LOVE the Bow detail on the Puma Sneakers! So different! ?

    • Malherbe Liezel Reply

      I know right? It’s quite fun. You should check out the pastel variants as well, they are seriously pretty!

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