I don't wear them very often but do have some skate shoes. In summer when Big J and I go for long walks they are the perfect walking shoe: comfy, slightly more presentable than runners and a lot more stable - I'm constantly turning my ankle.
A great way to liven up your skate shoes or runners is to do a fancy lacing. If you also buy a coordinating (or contrasting) shoe lace then your shoes can sport a cute look for little effort.
These are my skate shoes:
They originally came with white laces which I switched out for pink. Then I laced them up lattice style et voila!