Friday, 17 January 2014

Trend: The Statement Trainer

Meet the fashionable footwear du jour that's comfortable, on trend, reasonable in price and available in a multitude of style and colourways... Introducing the statement trainer (move over Converse!)

It's been spied on many a fashionista, including J.Crew's Jenna Lyons, Man Repeller Leandra Medine and designer Pheobe Philo.  The Celine creative director has moved on from New Balance 620s and her Nike Air Max and instead turned her efforts to resurrecting Adidas's 1971 cult trainer: the Stan Smith.

Leandra Medine of Man Repeller in Nike Air Max

Jenna Lyons in Givenchy
The best way to wear the fashion trainer is to embrace it wholeheartedly much like the fabulous fashion women mentioned above do.  Centre your look around your chosen sneaker, ensure it is the star of your outfit and is given the same treatment as your favourite pair of heels.  Look like you chose to wear them (not forgot to remove them after the commute to work!).  The fashion trainers' best friends include tailored trousers, v necks, blazers and tailored long coats, thus making them an ideal accompaniment to your work wardrobe (if your workplace isn't too corporate that is) so don't just relegate them to weekend wear! Then feel trendy and smug whilst colleagues complain about their painful feet from skyscraper heels...

I went for the New Balance 410s in burgundy and love them with an all black/black and grey ensemble...

My burgundy New Balance 410s
The look I'd like to channel!
Here's some more styling styling ideas to pair with your statement trainer...

Textured leather cross body bag, £65, & Other Stories
Navy cashmere v neck jumper, £49.90 (limited offer), Uniqlo
Coated skinny trousers, £59, COS
410s in black and red & navy and cobalt, £39.99-£54.99, New Balance

Are you a fan of the statement trainer?



  1. Love this! Although we must talk about withdrawal symptoms once you try and shift out of this look - I'm finding it very hard to move on!

  2. Thanks Alex! I can imagine it must be hard to switch out of this look - but the Nicholas Kirkwood/Mary Katrantzou inspired heels you posted about the other day seem like the ideal in between choice! Other than that I'm looking to get a couple more varieties of the statement trainer! x


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