Next to the LBB (Little Black Boot), I would say trainers take up a fair bit of space in the footwear area of my wardrobe, which is basically under my bed! I’ve always worn them, probably always will and I’m quite lucky to have a job where it’s perfectly acceptable to turn up for work wearing such informal footwear. For me trainers have always been a staple. The style I wear has changed over the years from Stan Smiths, Nike Internationalist and Vans Sk8 to the Izzy Becket and Celine sneakers and in-between, I frequently find myself sliding my feet back into a pair of trusty Converse (not technically a trainer but let’s not sweat the small stuff) because there is something quite comforting (and let’s face it, trainers are all about the comfort) about wearing a shoe designed around 100 years ago that has never gone out of fashion, still looks and feels modern and can be worn with jeans, trouser, dresses and everything in between (search Alexa C and you’ll see she has sported Converse with many looks over the years). I’m quite partial to a high top – I was OBSESSED with Neneh Cherry in my teens, who was at the time, the ultimate cool girl and I thought that if I wore what she wore (on her feet at least), then I would be as cool as she was, (still working on that), hence my love affair with high tops began and continues.
Trainers go in and out of fashion as far as catwalk trends go (at the moment they are in, big style, literally and figuratively) mainly courtesy of Messrs Ghesquiere and Gvasalia, the designers at Louis Vuitton and Balenciaga respectively, who are responsible for making fashionable what has affectionately been coined the ‘fugly’ trainer. Balenciaga’s Triple S
sells out instantly the minute a new colourway is released and the LV SS18 catwalk collection featured the Archlight sneaker with every look – also already sold out!
>In the real world where us mere mortals may not be ready to hand over £600 smackers and upwards for a one (or maybe two) season wonder, we are lucky that most trainers can be purchased for a fairly reasonable price and they will probably well exceed the pound per wear stats of any other footwear that you own. Job done!
As far as what we are wearing/lusting after here at LS HQ, I am currently rotating between these (I love the retro feel, the very reasonable price, and they get a bonus point for the ecological and fair trade ethos of the brand. They fit true to size and only take one or two wears before they feel like old friends (i.e. I have not experienced any rubbing of the giant blister creating variety). I’ve been wearing them with jeans, jeans and more jeans!). And these because I always have a hi-top on the go.
Sarah was an early adopter of the very cool Golden Goose trainers and is currently wearing (very similar to) these. But wants these, or maybe these next. Size WAY down in Golden Goose though. Sarah’s current pair are a 38 and she normally wears a 39 or 40 shoe. They’re pricey for sure, she’s had hers for around three years now, and worn them ALL the time. Oh, and she still also wants these (she thinks!). She’s also got her eye on these, or these.
There is no shortage of trainers out there to choose from, whether you’re a strictly sports brand only kind of girl where your sneakers are concerned, or you like a little luxe factor – every designer you can think of has a trainer in their collection in some shape or form, even the ones who you think wouldn’t or needn’t (which must obviously fill the genuine sports brands with joy, having their sporty toes trodden on left, right and centre), but they have to understand, that some (most) of us are in it for the fashion not the function! Here is a ‘shop by style edit’ below, to aid you in your search to find your trainer tribe.