Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The Haute Couture of Trainers: AW14 Rundown

Okay, so today an idea randomly popped up in the circus I call my mind- why not write a post about trainers. No, wait! Why not write a post about trainers that are one step above the average pair of Converse. So, does that make them like... couture trainers? Yep, that's what I've decided to call them anyway. 

I am by far no expert at all on streetwear or trainers, I think I own three pairs altogether, one of which is probably about 5 years old. I am definitely more of an ankle boots girl. However, sometimes a girl's just got to have some comfortable throw-on shoes in her closet. Yeah, well I have flats for that. You must be thinking... what is the point of all this. Well, what if comfort and high-fashion combined in a strange, innovative, sports-luxe type of way and luxury trainers actually came about. I wish I could have invented this wacky concept but I'm a few years too late I'm afraid. 

I've been aware of luxury trainers, or sneakers for you Americans, for a while now but I've never paid any attention to them whatsoever. As I've been browsing online, I'm absolutely in awe of some of the styles out there that I felt it was only right to give you my personal rundown of best designs on the market for AW14. As it's turning colder, we sadly do have to say goodbye to our peep-toe wedges and think about some other types of footwear. I know, what a vile thought, but it doesn't have too be that bad... 

The Picks that are Oozing of Luxury...

What? Lacoste Bernelle Peeptoe 
What's the Damage? £130.00
Why Should I Wear 'Em? Trainers with a peep-toe and a wedge, are we sure these are even trainers anymore?

What? Nike Dunk Sky Hi, Blue Recall Liberty
What's the Damage? £120.00
Why Should I Wear 'Em? I adore the subtle floral pattern and the colour combinations, it just makes the design so much more feminine!

What? Nike Air Max 1, Metallic Bronze Cut Out
What's the Damage? £105.00
Why Should I Wear 'Em? These are my personal favourites. Whilst they may be hard to wear, I would suggest teaming them up with plain black or white, i.e. a white tee and black skinnies. The all-metallic in this style is to die for!

What? 3.1 Phillip Lim Trance High-Top 
What's the Damage? £340.00
Why Should I Wear 'Em? These certainly don't come cheap but the addition of the shearling patches adds such an avant-garde edge to a classic pair of black trainers. 
What? Golden Goose Superstar Low-Top
What's the Damage? £295.00
Why Should I Wear 'Em? At my last internship, Press boutique in Primrose Hill stocked some gorgeous pair of Golden Goose trainers and since then, I have loved seeing their new styles. The leopard is always trendy but what makes these so stylish is the worn, purposely dirty look to them. 

What? Carvela Kurt Geiger Laurel
What's the Damage? £99.00
Why Should I Wear 'Em? Bright red slip-ons. Comfortable, eye-catching, statement pair needed in any wardrobe!

What? Guiseppe Zanotti Bucklewedge Heels
What's the Damage? £675.00
Why Should I Wear 'Em? These are a huge, cult celebrity favourite. Zanotti trainers have definitely had mixed reviews but I adore the designs. They're so luxurious that you forget they could possibly be under the trainers category. At £675, they are one of the most expensive pairs on the market and will probably break the bank unfortunately.

What? Converse All Star Quilted-Leather High Tops
What's the Damage? £69.99
Why Should I Wear 'Em? These are such a simple, yet stylish twist on the classic Converse design. These will literally go with everything. Quilted leather is a huge staple and I don't see it going anywhere for a very long time.
Photo credits: Office, Selfridges, Farfetch, Kurt Geiger, GzanottiUKMall