Friday, 19 August 2016

Bring on the Bling-Trainers and Sneakers for Townies

There’s always been the option of a bit of sparkle or metallic where trainers and sneakers are concerned, and you’ve probably noticed quite a bit more around this summer.  Going into autumn subtle is off and over-the-top is very much in style.  So you can be quiet about your ‘athleisure’ footwear if you want to, but expect to be surrounded by embroidery, metallics, glitter and all things sparkling, frequently combined. 

So if you don’t want to be the girl in the quiet shoes, take a look at these.  They’re perfect for just about everything and you can be totally on trend and comfortable at the same time.

A couple of days ago I was with a good friend browsing the shoe galleries at Selfridges – there was no doubt what was going on…. more sneakers and trainers than courts and pumps and so much sparkle you needed sunglasses.  Here’s some of what’s on offer if you’re happy to splash out anything from £300 - £1000 by designers such as Dior, Louboutin, Ferragamo and Jimmy Choo.

Dior New Seasons TrainersNew Seasons Trainers 1IMG_4596New Seasons Trainers 2
You definitely wouldn’t work out in these, but if you want to wear the latest trainers/sneakers (and your yoga clothes all day) than a simple change of shoes will give you the edge to a modern timeless look that suits any age – provided  you keep some of it subtle.  If in doubt, ask a friend you trust. 

If you feel like having a real splurge you might like to consider these below.  Personally I find it easy enough to get my trainers/sneakers to look like the Golden Goose distressed sneakers, but this season you can spend as much on your casual footwear as on anything else in your wardrobe.  Best places to browse online for designer trainers in metallics and/or with bling are Net-a-Porter and Selfridges.  You’ll find a wide range of designers and prices at both.
Miu Miu crystel embellished sneakersAlexander McQueen Glitter Runway TrainersGucci Crystal Embellished Slip on SneakersJimmy Choo leather and glitter trainersGolden Goose distressed metallic leather sneakersKenzo Lace Metallic Silver TrainersNo. 21 knotted and folded metallic sneakersChristian Louboutin glitter high top sneakers
For those who’d rather invest a little less in their on trend modern glitter, metallic trainers – or sneakers you may want to choose from these below.  
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star PatBo Appliqued Canvas SneakersAdidas Originals Raf Simons Stan Smith Silver SneakersMichael Michael Kors embellished slip on sneakersOffice Diva silver glitter lace up sneakersConverse metallic trainersSteve Madden Glitter SneakersGeox Jaysen suede, metallic and glitter trainersPepe Jeans Aberlady Moon Party Sneakers
If you’re ordering online remember that these are not for working out in, not that you would, probably, but even the lace-up versions are not by sports brands.  Also note that those with platforms will not have the flexibility you’re used to from ordinary sneakers.

Geox Jaysen Metallic Leather TrainersNoclaim glitter trainers at ZalandoKurt Geiger Louie sequined slip on sneakersCarvela Lock glitter lace-up flat sneakersPuma Suede Gold Toe TrainerVersace Jeans glitter and metallic trainersKG by Kurt Geiger Lava lace-up trainersCarvela glitter and metallic lace-up trainers