Once more unto the sneaker breach, dear friends, once more


Taking a small break from 70's boho and am back to an old obsession.  Sneakers.  

Can I please start by saying that I have learnt my lesson and shall be sticking with what I know - at the very least, a style that I'm comfortable with.  Which means the New Balance and the likes are not going to happen.  I shall be keeping them for dog walking shoes (more of that soon.... we're on "pray a certain dog is pregnant" watch in our house....)  

But I am a total convert to the white leather sneaker style ones - yes the originals are probably the adidas Stan Smiths, however I came over all Aquarian and decided to get the non branded Zara leather ones.  Why?  I don't know.  Maybe it's because I was slightly scared after my foray into branded sneakers with the New Balance experience which were an unmitigated disaster.  Maybe it's because I was worried about them looking mutton on a 41 yr old (as I was then) auld lady. (like the non branded pair were then suddenly fine?  Obviously no rhyme and zero reason in that theory).  Maybe it's because I'm a bolshy old cow (fact. Even though I do think my star sign has some accounting for that) and wanted to be "different" (boak) so went down the non branded route.  Maybe it was just that perennial favourite - time of the month. 

Whatever it was, I have absolutely adored my white Zara leather sneakers/trainers/shoe thingies.  

And therefore I nearly salivated with excitement (I'd love to say this was an exaggeration but as I flick through the magazines of fringe upon fringe and dungaree misery - will explore these in more detail over the coming weeks, those trends that I just won't be doing.  I say.... and then can't get enough of come May) when I saw this pic in Red. 

Too.  Much.  Perfectness.  Clearly I have to channel (polite way of saying copy) this entire look and I will say I was quite taken by the slightly chunkier soled sneakers.  As I'm an absolute tool in this department, I had no idea whatsoever what they were.  Ok so I did recognise the Nike swoosh (I have small boys who have trainer obsessions - so long as you can buy it in Sports Direct, they can have them.  Full price, you have got to be kidding.  The Aspie 8yr old has decided that the old school Puma types are his favourite which I am ridiculously pleased with, seeing as all the other boys are dyed in the wool adidas and Nike fans - the 6yr old included)

For the record, I did think it was called a Nike tick and have just asked The Husband who has educated me with more than a hint of pity in his voice, that it's a swoosh....


So a little bit of research later and I've found them.  Love.  Ooh I really love them.  Soles are definitely heading in a heavier direction (I know this from my skater shoe love affair which is ongoing) and whilst I draw the line at brothel creepers, I'm quite liking these.  I'd need to try them on and I may well be losing the plot (feel free to yell nooooooooooooooooo) 

Nike Air Force 1 '07 Leather trainers £67






Other versions are in black - a variation on a theme I'm guessing, on the basis that they're called the same thing in principle.  (I am going to be that person - all the gear, no idea) 

Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Force Black and silver trainers £70




I did find other similar ones at Mango but I have to say I think I might prefer the actual Nike ones.  Ok - similar-ish....

Lace-up sneakers in white leather £44.99





Red did have an article on Must Have Sneakers - most of which in my, not remotely professional opinion, were fit for nothing but the gym, other than these, which I think are a thing of pure beauty.  Alas, I've only found them for sale at Net A Porter (figures) and they've sold out in my size.  If anyone can find them anywhere else, please do share. 

Blazer snake effect Nike leather sneakers £70


I did find them in the black though - these are rather like the Mango ones I tried to get which a) weren't leather and b) didn't fit at all.

Black and white Nike Premium Blazers £70



Personally I don't think these are worth the money but that's probably because I'm no expert in all things sneaker related.  But I will say that they are pretty darn fabulous (even though to me they don't look "that" different from the others... I appreciate that is probably blasphemous to all you pros out there but I am a mere beginner in the sneaker stakes) 

Bart Leather Trainers from Isabel Marant £260


Of course I can't not include the originals.  And having tried and tested the Zara ones which I LOVE, I might be prepared to trough the humble pie and potentially consider the originals.  However I fear I may be too late to join the original white crew (yeah right, I say that, give me a month or so till the Zara ones fall apart.  I will say though, for Zara, they have lasted amazingly well) 

However, call off the dogs on the navy numbers.  Main reason I've caved is the snakeskin detail at the back - well done you adidas - I'm sure the purists amongst us are gutted but the animal print magpies out there will adore these. 

adidas Stan Smith Shoes £65 



And whilst we're talking of animal print - would it be really wrong to get them in the black as well?  Leopard print.  What more can I say?

adidas Stan Smith in black £67



And actually (ok so the about turn took all of one pair of shoes) since you can get 15% off if you sign up to their website.  Just filled in mine and hopefully it will be in my inbox so that's me sorted for tomorrow.   Now all we need to do is get rid of this cold weather now.  There simply can't be any more snow, dear god, please no.

Except that I've just noticed these are exempt from all offers.  Puts that idea back on the shelf for the moment.   If I had to choose from the green, navy and red, I'd actually go for the red. 

adidas Stan Smith originals £67



I intend to splurge on the navy ones.  If anyone remembers, I did order the Navy Whistles ones which were too plimsoll looking, if that makes sense?  And they were just a bit bland (god what has happened to me).  I'm feeling the need for snake print...... 

So pic from yesterday - and I am beyond pleased with these jeans that I bought about five years ago and I don't think have ever worn.  I simply couldn't get any boots to work with them but the Newbury's from Rag & Bone are spot on.  The fact that I now don't have to buy any kick flare jeans (I may also have located about 4 other pairs of wide legged jeans from 7 yrs ago) which means I am definitely going to get the Lowland boots on Monday.  (definitely meaning definitely maybe...... oh you know me.  Little Miss Fickle)

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Navy jumper - Zara
Indigo Jessie kick flare jeans - Topshop
Navy Newbury boots - Rag & Bone

So tomorrow morning I am up at the crack of dawn on a road trip to Southend for a rugby tournament.  All the glamour and then some.  At least I have warm clothes and can look forward to a roast dinner when we get back.  

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  1. Love, love, love the navy Stan Smiths!

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  2. Love the Nike snakeskin but out of stock in my size as well, check out pro direct select seems to have all sizes in stock, happy shopping, the Lowlands may have to wait ?

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    1. You star - someone's put a link in down below. ooooh decisions decisions

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  3. I am totally on board with the white sneaker thing! I had the Zara versions too, but failed to remember that being a size 8 in Zara firmly plants you in clown-feet territory, and had to eBay mine when I finally admitted to myself that I couldn't squeeze my big old feet into a size 7(ish) shoe pretending to be an 8...I did get lucky, though, with the Lacoste Showcourts, which are all white, but with a croc-effect texture. I absolutely love them! So, so comfortable. They're still available in random sizes if you Google, but it might be worth taking the time if that's the sort of thing you're after?

    Here, in sizes 5,7, and 8 for £38.99 (longest link ever - sorry):

    https://www.surfdome.com/Lacoste_Trainers_-_Lacoste_Showcourt_Trainers_-_White-197593?_$ja=tsid:39151|prd:629185|cat:Shoes&utm_source=GoogleShopping&utm_medium=CSE&utm_campaign=CSE&utm_keyword&adtype=pla&istCompanyId=6eb6b8f6-7dcb-4576-851b-e1dff2ebaf99&istItemId=iwxaqalrl&istBid=tztx&_$$ja=cgid:18105959472%257ctsid:13319%257ccid:218067672%257clid:69742938312%257cnw:g%257ccrid:57640580112%257crnd:17886846367759704262%257cdvc:c%257cadp:1o4%257cbku:1&gclid=CjwKEAiAjNemBRCgp_vymcvVym0SJACRp_UZS1NQIMSHuz_IGJaPNSbWfRw04rQ6a3DACaQTfPx2DhoCi-fw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds


    I am just praying that this trend lasts a long time. Birks in summer, trainers in winter? It's like a dream come true!

    Becky x


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    1. Am going to check them out - mwah thank you x

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    1. Thank you - I"m more pleased with them than I thought I would be x

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  5. I got Nike AF1s in silver grey for Christmas, still haven't worn them yet though due to extreme cold and snow (still in my big winter boots!). Can't wait to wear them though, so comfortable.

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    1. It can't be cold forever, can it??!

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  6. Just bought converse high tops for skinniest. Now want the leather white for summer, only problem is I want the ones with black stripe not red seems impossible this year.

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    1. Oh lord I hate it when things like that happen - hope you manage to track them down x

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  7. I have the navy and the black stans, then I ordered the white and zebra ones and I already have a white cracked leather pair. I think it's becoming an obsession! Love the flares, must dig my old pairs out (if I can squeeze into them!).

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    1. Hi Beany! I'm looking to purchase the navy ones. Would you say that they are true to size? I typically wear a size 7 UK in sneakers. Thanks!
      Ania

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    2. Watches with interest... I'm going to go and try some on tomorrow so if Beany doesn't get back to us, I'll you know asap. i'm also a 7!

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    3. Hello, I always size up half a size in them. Hope that helps.

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    4. Thank you so much!!!!
      Ania

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    5. You're welcome! Enjoy your Stans.

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  8. I've gone old skool again with the AF 1 mid tops - just ordered some nike air max too - my sneaker obsession is out of control x

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    1. You are just too ahead of your time. And I simply LOVE it when you get an obsession as you make me look positively abstemious. Just the best friend to have EVER

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  9. I love the black & navy SSs but I can't bring myself to do the all white ones - reminds me too much of having to wear grim white shoes in my beauty therapy days!! X

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  10. http://www.prodirectselect.com/V3_1/V3_1_Gallery.aspx?p=91325

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    1. oh you darling, thank you! (just trying to work out which I need more.....)

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  11. Love the Nike Air Force 1 sneakers. I may be a sneaker convert thanks to them!!
    I have been procrastinating over the Toga pulla boots, Lord knows why. But now I can't stop thinking about them. I have found the plain ones in stock but would really like the ones the same as yours! Do you know anywhere that may stock them. I have searched all weekend to no Avail. Feel like crying. May have to order the plain ones instead. Love the skinny flares on you. Can't get my head round them for me.......yet. :)

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    1. RIght - I love the mix of the suede and the leather - Matches are due them back in stock if they're not all sold out already? Hmmm other than that, there are going to be oodles of lookey likeys around next season - there are already some which I'm going to blog about if you don't fancy the real thing? .... The skinny flares - honestly it's just about finding the right heeled shoes. x

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    2. Thank you. It had to be the real thing!! May wait and see if matches have them. Or just order the plain ones. I do love them so. Skinny flares......We will see I think it may be more that I need the right legs!! X

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  12. Have a look at Puma baskets in white - I love mine xx

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  13. Love the Stan smiths! Always have, always will. However, if you love a good skater shoe then check out the nike white zoom Stefan janoski's available at schuh. I got the tiger stripe last year and loved them.

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  14. What do you think of the Adidas Superstars, they seem to be the latest must have? I just fear I would look a bit too try hard/muttonish in them but they do look fab

    http://www.schuh.co.uk/womens/adidas-superstar-foundation-white-trainers/1919911020/

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    1. I bought these too, but....although they are nice, they aren't as comfy or nice looking (IMO) as the Stans.

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  15. Good to know Beany, thanks. I may just have to try on the 2 to compare, if I can find anywhere that has any left in stock!

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  16. I follow you on Twitter & Instagram & saw your posting on Felicity Jones BAFTA dress & i too loved it so had googled about finding one similar & came across this article-not sure its as glam but its kinda close!!! http://www.nottinghampost.com/Felicity-Jones-BAFTA-winning-look-Nottingham/story-25997196-detail/story.html

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  17. www.footasylum.com has limited sizes in the Nike Blazers in the SALE at £54.99. Thanks for helping me to sort my footwear dilemma for Disneyland!

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  18. Just a word to the wise. As a forty ish mum of 3 teenagers all of whom wear these trainers and have for 6 months or so. You might be slipping well into the mutton zone with these !

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  19. Well I am 59 and deffo getting a pair!

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  20. Kat check out Next as they have some Stan looky likeys atm that are great dupes & they also do them in navy! x

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