It has come to my attention that there are things I write about a lot. Things that I wear a lot. Things that consume way too much of my thinking.
Those that are the first things I look for in any sale, any "new in", my first choices for whatto wear when I want to feel confident or comfortable.
I would love to say I could limit the list to a couple of *things*. But I can't. It's not an endless, that I can confirm and I haven't dared to actually count how many things are on it. However I will say it's probably more than three. Maybe more than five...
We'll see as the weeks go by but first up, I'm confessing to being obsessed with trainers. Of the white variety.
Oh the irony. When a fair few years ago, I wouldn't have contemplated wearing these (but to be fair - would any of us?). Now however, I have come over to the dark side and cannot get enough of these babies.
Do I hit the sales or do I look at new in? Well. Both of course.
However I'm going to start with the top end and I'm already stretching the boundaries of the brief, as these are off white. But they have been on my wishlist forever.
Isabel Marant Etoile Bryce was £225 now £135. My advice would be to size up. Which means my size is sold out. So please, please can someone else buy them.
Other Marant options also in the sale.
Isabel Marant Bart Leather Sneakers was £225 now £157 (although if you wait till the end, I have found a double for a lot less. Like LOADS less).
And those that are new season. I don't have any like these. Ok, so to the uninitiated into the trainer cult, all mine are trainers and not velcro numbers - ergo I don't have any like these. Ta dah!
Isabel Marant Etoile Beth Trainers from My Theresa £265 Look at that scallop edge detailing. They're a pretty trainer. That's not something you can say about most (which is Obviously a reason to buy them... ish).
Back to the old school with a new injection.
Adidas Originals Raf Simons Stan Smith Originals was £235 now £141
Just to prove how fabulous they look with a skirt...
High tops from Chloe. Now I'm not usually a high tops fan. But these...? Possibly more tempted than I should be. Although they do ever so slightly remind me of my old lacrosse boots from the 80s. Which weren't cream or by Chloe. Funnily enough.
Kyle high-top leather trainers from Chloe were £350 now £210 (these are still full price at Matches by the way... just saying... *note to self* - this does not mean you have to order them.. does it?....)
And whilst I'm on a high top roll - oh hello Golden Goose. With a dress. The creative juices are flowing. Who would have thunk it?
Francy high-top leather trainers £300 from Matches
And not forgetting the classic Superstars. Number one fan here.
Super Star low-top leather trainers from Golden Goose £280
I'm throwing the next ones in for those lovers of stars. And for those who are thinking about the Golden Goose but think they're ridiculously spenney - I've found some that make them look *cheap*. It's all about the comparison (and ludicrous, ludicrous justifications).
Court Classic star-applique trainers from Saint Laurent £410
And then the properly away with the fairies versions.
Westford low-top leather trainers from Burberry £450
And back in the room with the mid range prices now. Personally for the number of times I wear these, they are easily justifiable. Leather trainers may seem expensive but I know lots of people who would spend as much, if not more, on leather shoes but balk at the spend on sneakers. I guess it does depend how often you wear them. For me, I would say that I wear these more than I wear anything else. So I'm a shop, shop, shopping away.
Seems an excellent time to point out, if you hadn't realised, that the hush sale has started. Up to 50% off lots of things, with a great discount of 30% on their leather star trainers. These are the ideal shoes to take you into the Spring. Wear them tomorrow - I'll be wearing mine (although I don't have these exact ones - I mean white sneakers) into the Summer months with dresses, shorts - you name it, I wear trainers with it.
hush Leather Star Trainers £115 now £80
But there are also new season white gems to ogle at.
These. Oh hello.
Jemima White Leather Sneakers from Seven Boot Lane £125 Just to let you know too that the Seven Boot Lane has started and there's an extra 20% off sale prices using the code EXTRA20.
And the Copelands from Air & Grace which have barely left my feet since I got them at the beginning of the Summer. I cannot describe how comfortable these are. If I had to compare with the Golden Goose, it would be too close to call.
Copeland White Glitter Trainers from Air & Grace £139
Just to prove everything from Net A Porter isn't eye wateringly expensive, the bargain of the day.
Adidas Originals Gazelles was £80 now £48
Or at My Theresa in the blue.
Adidas Gazelles were £81 now £56
Or in the white - again from My Theresa were £81 now £56
Ditto these, which again, were they in my size, I would buy in a heartbeat for £54.
Adidas Originals Stan Smiths were £90 now £54
But loads of sizes at My Theresa although these are a tad more at £67
Or in the navy - again only from My Theresa and so a tad more at £67 although they did start at £97
If you prefer not to wear branded (or any of your children roll their eyes so far back in their head when you buy the same brand trainers as them - just mine?), then there are some fantastic other options out there.
I have the plain white leather Autograph versions from A/W which are sold out now but the new in suede and leather versions for Spring are a great alternative.
Lace up trainers from Autograph at M&S £45
Not forgetting some great options if you a) want a treat box fresh pair or b) you're not sure and want to try them and don't want to spend a fortune.
Punch hole trainers with Insolia Flex from M&S £19.50 (so whilst they're not leather, the Insolia Flex means that you will be walking on angels' wings anyway).
And remember I mentioned the Marant-alikes for a tenth of the price? Voila!
Papaya Lace up Trainers from Matalan with a metallic ankle detail £14
And in the sale at Mango. These were £40 originally which I think is a lot for non leather trainers but for £20 - yes I would. Yes I SO would.
Contrast Panel Sneakers from Mango were £39.99 now £19.99
On sale again at Mango and again, not leather but definitely more unusual and perfect if you're not looking for a pure white or you'd prefer a tan sole.
Contrast applique sneaker from Mango was £49.99 now £25.99
Leather now (no I can't get my head around Mango pricing) and new season. If you fancy something a little bit different and the velcro fastening.
Velcro fastening leather sneakers £35.99
However for a complete bargain, look no further than these Mango babies which are leather.
Laser-cut pattern leather sneakers were £35.99 now £19.99
This blog is an example of where things go wrong. I wrote it, with the smug intention of saying I really have enough white trainers. Often, as I said in the comments from yesterday, I start a blog thinking I do have a hole in my wardrobe and then, after finishing all the research, it makes me remember something hiding in the depths of my wardrobe.
However. Occasionally it works in another way. It brings up another option that I had not really considered. Like today. High tops. I've always railed against. And now, they're all I can think of. Gah. And it's made me realise that you can never have too many pairs of white trainers. Thanks me for nothing. The Marant Beths are calling.. not to mention the silver and white Seven Boot Lanes... and then there's the red edged sole Mango bargains. Oh balls.
I do hope it's been more useful for someone else....
Here I am in a pair of mine today. The faithful Golden Goose. Yes I totally underestimated how cold it was. But before anyone asks, no my ankles weren't cold. My hands and face were FREEZING though. That'll teach me to look at the blue sky and sunshine as opposed to the actual weather forecast. If anyone asks me why we're not going to Ireland next Summer, I don't think I need any other reason than today, on the 4th Jan, it was the same temperature as it was last year in August. That's just not funny. I certainly had a massive sense of humour failure about it last Summer, I seem to recall. I think we'll head over at Easter instead. I don't mind if it's cold then. But during the Summer? Wrong diddly.
Black and white striped top - Me+Em
Black dungarees - H&M
Black blazer - Me+Em
Superstar sneakers - Golden Goose
Leopard print scarf - Louis Vuitton
Black Mario bag - Jerome Dreyfuss
So talk white sneakers to me. I know I am addicted and I know I haven't bought my last pair. I also know that I wear them so often, I am complete justified in any purchases (sort of). What this blog has thrown up though is the high top debate. Anyone a high top fan? I have tried the Francy before but in a random coloured version which didn't work. (sometimes it doesn't pay to sales buy...) and I will admit I haven't even contemplated the white before. Could this be the start of a new obsession? Or do I stick to what I know and go low?