Sneakers 2.0Friday, May 4 2012
This is the one in which we explore the renewed interest in sporty footgear as of late. Granted a girl rarely turns down the opportunity to doll-up in a pair of drop-dead heels, if only for the sense of gratification she feels when the clock strikes twelve and she finally gets to kick them off. But the modern day Cinderella will not limit herself to a relationship with her Louboutins (I always say she should have gone for the nude red-soles rather than settling for that glass nonsense). No siree! Not when too much fun is to be had dancing around in a pair of jazzy sneaks. And the new generation of sport shoes is way too high-scale to be confined to the gym anyway. Try a pair of novelty high-tops, be they tin-man inspired or Easter-egg gold; and for those of you always striving for that extra inch, the hidden wedge is 2012’s way of giving the fashionista an edge: that girl may be wearing trainers, but boy look at her figure! The Marant offerings have in fact proven so popular that the odds are you are more likely to come across a pair of original Jordan’s than a pair of these bad boys. Then there is the classic All Star shoe that has been revamped to satisfy our girly cravings: sprinkled with glitter to give it that extra roar, or ribboned-up for a feminine finish, they look easy breezy with cutesy skirts and spray-on skinnies. You can even give your long lost teenage companion the Superga a chance to make a come-back. And last but not least: the runners. No fancy frills or trying to hide behind some kind of fashion statement. Pure and unadulterated sportswear. To be worn with tuxedo pants and a structured blazer for that ultimate laid-back chic look. New Balance is the protagonist here, but you can also try some Wang or McCartney for a bit of extra flavouring. The ball is in your court really, and now that you have the appropriate footgear, you no longer have an excuse not to join in the game.