Nike Air Force One £4.99
I am totally not really a trainer type of person. Until maybe a year ago, I had one pair of trainers; of the kind you use for exercise; ugly, black and green, basically vile although they are those ones that allege to tone your legs up as you walk, which in theory sounds great but in reality make you roll along in manner of Ronald McDonald. Not a strong look. Anyway, I gradually succumbed to Converse (plain white) and also a pair of Superga (plain black) but try as I might, I couldn't get into the printed, bright, pattern-y trainer trend that everyone seems to be rocking of late. Its' just not me; I'll stick with my ballet flats for a comfy shoe, ok?
I had seriously considered buying a pair of the Nike Roshe Runs because I liked the cut and the fact that they were less trainer, more shoe; (and they also came in plain black) but they were pretty pricey and so I decided against it. I was sort of on the look out for another pair of 'commuting shoes' (despite the fact that I always rage against women who wear work clothes with trainers, it's a pet peeve) but to wear with a skinny jean I thought would look quite cool. The style of the Air Force One did appeal to me because they are simplistic and don't have a lot of bells and whistles, despite definitely reminding me of Marty McFly's 80's kicks. (Maybe they were Air Force Ones? I'll have to Google it.)
I also liked the fact that these are all white, plain, simple, no frills, just a really easy pair of shoes to wear. This whole 'ugly shoe' trend is spiralling out of control a bit; it seems to me that shoes these days have to be properly minging to be cool, but I can't get my head around it; these chunky platforms and wedges are a little bit too old school for my liking-literally, I wore vile platforms throughout the late 90's and early 00's-but these trainers are something I can work with; a bit gross, but not too over the top.
So, imagine my delight when I found them in a local chazzer, in my size (I'm a half size too so this is even better) for just £4.99! Admittedly I had to elbow a granny out of the way to get to them (I don't think she minded; she was trying on some natty loafers) but I soon snapped them up. I need to give them a bit of a clean and I'm not going to lie, I have no idea how to style them-probably my failsafe 'black skinny jean/slouchy jumper' combo will be the order of the day but I'll have to play around and see what I can come up with; Elle said to wear them with dresses but I think that's a step too far. I definitely won't be reaching for a bomber jacket, though; Marty McFly is definitely a trend setter but a literal 80's homage might be a step too far!