Posted in Urban Life
I was asked the other day to list the essentials of my wardrobe and of course like any self respecting fashionista you would mention the chic LBD, the white tee, a perfect fitting pair of jeans, ballet pumps & the list goes on... what surprised me (and believe me it was a surprise as this item came out of nowhere but features highly on my list) is... People, I give you the trainers. From fresh-out-the-box new styles and colours to old school vintages, the trainer as fashion accessory is a must have.
Now for sneakerheads like my other half, trainers are a way of life with a whole culture that goes with it. Whilst I don't share his all consuming passion and obsessiveness for them, I am definitely a fan of their style and comfort. The thing with trainers is they damn near go with everything. They complement jeans, dresses, skirts and so many items in the wardrobe and the best news of all is their affordability.
We have seen them overtaking the pavements of street style, our very own Cara donning a bright graphic-print Adidas pair and up & coming music stars showing us clearly who is sponsoring their latest video (note how Puma have been making a big comeback, not just in the creative field but also in the football world) and of course, it being Yeezy time, Kanye's Adidas Yeezy Boost 350 & 750 are in great demand.
Trainer's popularity has coincidently increased since the 2012 Olympics, along with the growth of sportswear and a taste for casual forms of fashion. A lot of big fashion houses have jumped in on the craze; Chanel cast a spell of ethereal glitter on the catwalk with them and in 2013 Ashish put Reebok Classics on their catwalk along with Moschino Cheap and Chic including them in their show. You can always pay a ridiculous amount for the high fashion end of the scale, but another way is to invest in timeless pieces; Gazelles or Stan Smiths from Adidas or it's universally acknowledged that you can't go wrong with Converse all stars. My personal faves are Nikes, I own several Air max 1s and a vintage pair of Devlin Ac still resplendent in its OG box.
So if you want to kick game like David Beckham, head to a specialist high street store or if you're feeling more sneaker adventurous, make the pilgrimage to Crepe City at the old Truman brewery and mingle with other trainer enthusiasts or creptomaniacs.