Me too! There are so many shoe options out there. There’s just no excuse for using these as regular footwear! Before athletic shoes, women simply wore well-made, sturdy leather shoes with a one-inch (or higher) heel. They wore them all day; they were many times the only pair they had – and they lived to tell about it. Why, now, this need to be in something ugly because it’s going to then (supposedly) be inherently comfortable. Don’t get it! Also, never heard them called racers before – very odd. I’m old enough, I still call any kind of athletic shoes tennis shoes – ha!
It’s not just about comfort, it’s more about edge and humor. No amount of colors, spikes and prints on a pair of ballet flats or heels, can achieve the same edge, and give the same spin of irony to an otherwise simple outfit, as just a regular pair of sneakers. Sneakers are not meant to be elegant, that is not what they are made for. That is why they can do this for an outfit. Women shoes are meant to be elegant, sneakers are nonchalant. Sometimes timelessness, elegance and simplicity (which i’m a big fan of of) can just feel like sleepwalking, and then a bright pair of sneakers can help waking up the outfit (without killing your feet).
Sorry, but I don’t see anything edgy, humorous or ironic here. All I see is shoes that don’t go with the outfit. How, exactly, would one wear tennis shoes ironically – with a wedding gown, maybe… ?
Tennis shoes are gorgeous. More attractive by far then a ballet flat, thats for sure. What is so difficult to get? They are even fun to look at when you are not wearing them. CColorful, streamlined, and the perfect accent for dressy or sexy clothing. Especially with a leather skirt, what can be better? “lived to tell about it” isn’t much of a selling point, is it? I have seen what the feet of women who live their whole life in even lower high heels look like, and its not pretty. Personally, I wear them with lots of things with no irony, and no regret. They are just cool.
On my first visit to London years ago I was told that the only people who wore trainers outside of the gym were American tourists. So in order to blend in I stayed in black flats the whole two weeks. It must have worked because people kept walking up to me and asking for directions. That was my second thought upon seeing these pics. (I confess that my first thought was “Cool!” lol)
Only the 4th picture can do it with racers , others are rubbish…
However, the beige hat and coat in the first picture and the scarf in the second , are just stunning ! Great capture as always ..lol… http://www.ottomandandy.com
I like all of these. The last is especially nice because she’s writing with a pen in a sketchbook or journal or notebook. Somehow I find that people writing in a real journal or who are reading a real newspaper, book or magazine look about 5,000 times better than those who have some little electrical device occupying their attention.
Oh those are cute. Some of them, anyways. I love old school Nikes. But they are damned hard to find these days. And mine are about to fall apart. I suppose I’ll have to settle for something else. Those red ones are nice.
Thanks, Johnny. Yes, there are lots of shoes out there that provide both comfort and style. Like using the right tool for the job. These are for running so, unless that’s what I see you doing in them, I don’t want to see you at all. Thanks.
I LOVE seeing them in these wonderful bright colours …. with such panache. It beats some of those crazy heels we’ve seen …. mind you, I love the aesthetic of the heels, but I cannot walk in them to save my life for the pain.
I see why you say that, but I find it really frustrating when people give credit to Phoebe Philo for the popularity of runners/sneakers or as we say in London ‘trainers’. Many women (myself included) have worn trainers creatively, not just with the standard tracksuit for years….
The same women who used to look at my feet with horror as I wore my Adidas Stan Smiths with my Balenciaga now think they are trend-setters with their overpriced Isabel Marants. Ohhh fashion lol :)
yes, this first started in the 90s. i remember going to fashion parties in london in and seeing people with running shoes on. then, when i went back to college in ny, the cool kids were all wearing the nike air max ’95 with their regular street clothes.
I don’t know. If it’s your own signature, running around with racers, it’s authentic and it’s great to see that. But for example the lady with the bright pink nikes seems like she has only put on the sneakers, because EVERYONE in the fashion world do so right know. So, on her it looks – just a bit – ridiculous. Not real. Not her personality. I mean, with leather pants and a clutch? Is she trying to stand out whatever it takes? It has no class. I’m sure, she is a nice person, but what’s the deal with her shoes?
Sorry to tell you, but this has already been a trend in the U.S. for a long time.
Quite a few years ago, working women started putting on sneakers to go back and forth to work claiming that it was more comfortable and/or they were saving wear and tear on their “better” shoes (which they presumably switched to once in the office). I can buy the comfort excuse but, given what some sneakers cost, what difference does it make whether you are wearing out athletic shoes or your “good” ones? All shoes are made to be worn; they wear out, and need periodic repair. Deal with it. I will say that the ones here are at least a little more interesting (especially the orange ones) than the typical ugly, white, puffy ones that are so prevalent. I can’t tell you how much I dislike seeing a woman in a nice business suit and then– WHITE TENNIS SHOES with her thick little socks over her stockings!!! I think, after a while, it became a kind of badge of success – “I have a good job, and I have much better shoes, but I don’t want to ruin them by wearing them outside…”
I read once that one should leave the house only as a complete picture – that means that everything is right from head to toe. This includes ones footwear. Tragically, now the ugly tennis shoe phenomenon has given way to flip-flops – not only for women but men as well. And not only in summer, but all year round. I can’t imagine what future footwear nightmare awaits us… What a world, what a world…
Thats not the same thing. I know that in the 80′s or something people wore shoes simply to commute. This is not that. This is very purposefully chosen to compliment an outfit. The difference is completely obvious except to people who simply have no feel for fashion, and no ability at reading people.
I love trends/fashion that are meant to live in, not just to be beautiful and maybe not always comfortable. This is great! I live an active life and walk around a lot, to not kill my feet/legs and still look cool this is such a nice choise for my feet. I don’t understand people who thinks women are supposed to wear more classic female shoes. We have to remember how clothes makes us feel, and I suppose lots of people feels free and active in these kinds f shoes. I think it’s great. And the fashionword needs humour and colour!