The runner, trainer, sneaker or kicks is back baby, and back with a bang. Never has a piece of footwear transitioned across so many platforms, from the fashionable sports luxe, into the office and right back into the gym. Runners are now works of art – gone are the days when they were just for training.
Now runners are a fashion statement and I for one am very happy about this. The retro trainer (pictured) suit everyone and are almost a dressy nod to its simpler counterpart. I remember two years ago, getting dressed for a business meeting and wearing an outfit very similar to the one I am pictured in. I teamed the entire look with my Nike Retro (men’s trainers) and off I went, not a care in the world! I know people probably just thought I was a commuter, one of those women who wear chunky Asics with a dull grey suit, but no I was actually one of the other breed, the mixer of two trends – smart casual and whatever the term is for so far beyond casual, it’s actually a joke!
The trick to rocking the runner in a more formal environment is all down to the colour choice; neon is just not going to cut it. Keep the pinks and the tangerine for Crossfit. I always buy men’s runners, and navy is my go-to. I like it because black is an obvious choice and yet navy is the colour that suits everyone and offends no one. My first step into retro kicks was with Adidas, the LA Trainer in grey (men’s) and I wore them to death – they have sadly fallen apart. The grey just worked with everything; all colours, pants, skirts and dresses. But now I am loving navy and Nike have taken hold. I wear both pair pictured (both men’s) to work, to meetings, lifting weights and just chilling.
My retro Nikes are worn with tailored lime ankle grazer from Zara with a chequered oversized shirt from H&M and a navy ribbed cashmere knit from Mango, completed by gold accessories and beautiful Loulerie mother of pearl ring.