Whenever it’s time for me to buy a new pair of trainers, I find that I tend to become slightly obsessed. For about a month they’re top of my to do list and I physically can’t walk past a shoe store without having a cheeky peek.
Most recently my obsession has been white Nike Air Maxes. For a good fortnight I spent as much time deliberating on whether I wanted to go for Air Force Ones or Maxes, as I did deciding on a flat (which could perhaps imply that I have my priorities all wrong). However it does go to show that trainers have become a necessary wardrobe staple and an item you’ll no doubt need, and want, for something.
Thankfully enough, some good did come of my unhealthy plunge into crepe mania; I’ve found some incredible trainers.
Nike and Adidas have arrested the feet of fashion lovers for a while now; the Stan Smith wave is still oh so real. But the market’s moved on from just serving commuters and teenage boys. It seems our, ever-increasing love for working-out (and most significantly, being seen to be working out) has forced the trainer giants to up their game, keep us inspired and keep us in trainers. And they’ve done a great job of it; even old-timers Puma and Reebok have made a resurgence amongst the streetwear and nineties fanatics.
A quick visit to the Net-a-Porter shoe section will quickly dispel any notion that trainers can’t be classy. Thanks to collabs from the likes of Raf Simons, metallic Miu Miu’s; and Golden Goose and Saint Laurent giving the tried-and-tested dirty rich approach a go, trainers have become acceptable pretty much everywhere.
The beauty of trainers is that they can be £30 tennis shoes, customised £200 Nike I.Ds or minimal stealth wealth slip ons from cult favourite, Common Projects, all that matters is that you like them and how you wear them.
May I also add that they’re bloody comfortable- and flat!
Get the Look:
Raf Simons x Adidas, Vintage White Blush Green Stan Smiths, £225, Offspring
Golden Goose, Deluxe Brand, Superstar Metallic Distressed Sneakers, £280, Net-a-Porter
Nike Air Huarache, Porpoise Porpoise (Baby Blue), £94.99, Office
Nike Air, Huarache Run, £80, & Other Stories
Nike Air, Huarache Run Ultra, £115, & Other Stories
Nike, Air Icarus, Summit White Black Volt Fuchsia, £84.99, Offspring
Nike, Air Max 1 Ultra, £95, Urban Outfitters
Nike, Air Max Thea, Grey Nubuck Leather, £95, Urban Outfitters
Nike, Internationalist Prm, £75, & Other Stories
Reebok Classic, Silver Trainers, £60, Urban Outfitters
Superga, 2750 Cotu Classic, £50, Superga
Puma, Fenty White, Rihanna x Puma, £140, Offspring