.....but I actually think I might be addicted to my white trainers. This is from a girl who wouldn't entertain the thought of these 18months ago.
But I have been truly converted to the dark side and cannot get enough of these babies. And it's not only me. On Saturday in London, & Other Stories at 10am was packed with full on fashionistas clearly all then scooting off to London Fashion Week and every single one of them had on white trainers. A variety of them and the rest of the outfits were indeed "varied" but the one thing everyone in common was white footwear of the sneaker kind.
I love mine and wear them so much, I actually think I could be in the market for a new pair. (WHAT I hear you cry?) I currently have two pairs - well, theoretically I have three as to put my toe in the water last year I bought a Zara leather pair, which served me incredibly well and I do still wear to dog walk in - clearly the trendiest dog walker around, ignoring the fact I usually/always have my jamas on to do it.....
Mine are the cracked Stan Smiths and a pair of Golden Goose Superstars (which were bought at half price in the sale may I point out.
But I have come across these and I think I might have to go and try them on. Absolutely adore them.
adidas Originals Pointed Flatform Trainers £75
More sizes at Selfridges £74.99
Bargain originals though at ASOS... I'm not sure how easy it is to come across the cracked leather ones anymore.
adidas cracked white leather and green Stan Smiths from ASOS now only £46
Alternatively there is the newer velcro version which I rather like in the textured snake leather.
adidas Stan Smith £70
However it doesn't necessarily have to be adidas - it doesn't even have to be a "trainer" make....they certainly do seem to have transcended the "practical" into pure fashion (even though I can personally vouch for their super levels of comfort - the Stans that is)
Aldo Rafa White Metal Toe Cap Trainers £60 If a bit of bling is your thing...
Even Whistles are in on the action.
Koki Modern Lace Up Trainers from Whistles £110 BUT BUT BUT now £88 at House of Fraser as they have a Brand Event on for the next couple of days. Apparently John Lewis are matching "a competitor's promotion" except this doesn't appear to include Whistles. I have tweeted to ask why but they've not responded yet. Hmmmm
For something slightly more subtle and less in your face, then a classic converse may be your answer.
Converse All Star Low Leather Trainers in mouse white £54.99
However, if I had to choose... and clearly if money was no object then I genuinely cannot recommend the Golden Goose highly enough. They are the most ridiculous amount of money. If it makes any difference, each pair is hand cut and hand stitched in Italy... (err bothered but as a justification...) Like I said before - the 11yr old asked if they were new and when I said yes, she responded with confusion "did you get them from a charity shop?"... So yes, at first glance they may seem somewhat Emperor's New Clothes and they're certainly not going to be for everyone but they are like wearing slippers. They are so so so so so comfortable, I can't tell you. And I personally love the distressed look to them.
Golden Goose Superstar low top leather trainers from Matches £240
Very similar pair... but marginally cheaper.
Superstar low top leather trainers £225
And look what I found to pimp those sneakers... clearly there is the classic white but also on offer are metallic, black, snakeskin, you name it versions. I'm in. (for the Stans... not for the Golden Goose I don't think.. Actually I might fling these on my old Zara ones to create a brand new pair - now there's a thought....)
Aurelie Chadaine fringe tabs and franginettes 35Euro (but you can ship to England. I think it works out at about £25 when I looked earlier)
So where do you sit on the trainer bench? A variation of a white version or are you more of a "runners" sort of girl. For those who don't have any Irish family, these are trainers that you actually do exercise in. And for me, as a not really remotely trendy individual, this includes all the New Balance and Nike or whatever they are, trainers. The ones with a turned up end (not the technical term) that look like you could possibly legitimately break into a jog at any given moment. Or that you didn't have time to get dressed properly after going to the gym.... but that's just me. They're not my bag - as the white tennis shoe Stanesque variety won't be an object of lust for lots of people. And wouldn't it be a dull world if we all swanned around in the same shoes (which you possibly would have been doing if you were anywhere near an LFW venue last week and had a pair of white sneakers on. Oh well)
To prove how much I love them - here I am in a rather off piste outfit. But made wearable with my beloved Stans. I bought these trousers for £15 in the Zara sale last A/W. And have never worn them. Expect to see them often... (I'm thinking with black and white breton.... fitted black military jacket..... this may well be tomorrow's outfit) Well - often, as in when it doesn't rain. The mega downside of wide legged trousers = soggy hem issue.
Black tux blazer - hush
White cracked leather Stan Smiths - adidas
Black Harker bag - Anya Hindmarch
I'm out for drinks tonight so off to get changed. Oh yes and that is a new short hair do. Three inches off this time so not as drastic as before but it has taken it to shoulder level which ironically makes it look like a much bigger chip. I love. The kids? "We can't see any difference". *insert rolling eyes smiley* Will let you know what The Husband says......