Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Trainers

Trainers*. It's complicated. Like most people of my generation, trainers have played a big part in my life. From trying to track down original adidas Gazelles as a teen in a tiny Yorkshire town, to wearing only Jack Purcells for about two years, with only a handful of brands being acceptable due to indefinable, almost imperceptible nuances of culture and style – NIKE, adidas, Converse, Vans.

I fell out of love with trainers about five years ago thinking that in my thirties proper shoes shoes would be more appropriate. So this whole resurgence of trainers as absolute footwear of choice by absolutely everybody for absolutely everything has got me a bit confused, thinking, really? Isn't this a sartorial step backwards?

But slowly I'm being sucked in. I started off high-end with a pair of NIKE x APCs. (Well, I bought two pairs actually.) Now, I've got my eyes on some New Balances, like these from J-Crew. New Balance, that's a first, a huge brand leap, a big deal.

More importantly, I've started running my ass off since making my new year resolutions (about 60k since January, woo!). So now I need actual trainers. For running in. I've always worn ASICS to run in but frankly, they look shit, and as there are so many good-looking, performance running shoes around at the moment, I think I need to branch out. The NIKE Free comes recommended by a friend who runs. And you can NIKEiD your own colours!







So, is NIKE the way to go?

*Sorry, I can't bring myself to refer to them as sneakers, as Vogue did this month. A trainer is a trainer.

[Top image nicked from random fashion coolness's Pinterest page - dat girl knows a thing or two about trainys.]

12 comments:

  1. When I wanted trainers for, you know, actually doing exercise in, I went to Run & Become in Victoria. They are great and their consultants evaluate your gait (not with a fancy machine but by eye which is apparently the best way). I came away with a pair of Saucony trainers which was a new brand for me (they also cost less than I had expected). If you're doing serious running - and it sounds like you are - I can really recommend getting a proper fitting as one person's comfy is another person's bloody uncomfortable.

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  2. Hi Nat! I did get my gait analysed a while back and I underpronate a bit. But I'm not sure I need a special type of shoe, just something comfy and offering good support. I dunno. I might just buy some fashiony trainers for day to day and stick to my 'golden' ASICS (ugly) for proper running... x

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  3. Just nosing around your blog and feeling a bit sad. I have very fond memories of stomping round Archway/ Waterlow Park with my 2 babies before we made the move back to Yorkshire.

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  4. Don't feel bad eehbahmum - I want to move back to Yorkshire too! In fact I am here right now! London's great but...well, you know the downsides. Hope you've settled back well. X

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  5. Yeah, I don't have any major issues either. But I found it a bit of a revelation when comparing trainers and running up and down the shop. They have Nike & Adidas etc. too, I just seemed to suit the Saucony when running. From a pure comfort/walking around town point of view I just constantly replenish my supply of Adidas ZX500 - they are so comfortable I can't bring myself to buy any others. Otherwise, as you say, you could just stick to your special "gold" trainers..!

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  6. I've told you before, go and get your gait analysed. Don't buy running trainers on looks (primarily). They are all different and you need a pair that work for you as running in the wrong trainers will knacker your knees/back/hips/feet eventually. Any good running shop will do this for you xx

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  7. I had my gait analysed when I started running J9. I underpronate a bit but I'm not sure I need anything 'special'. Just a comfy pair of shoes. Surely these jazzy performance shoes of the modern era support in all the right areas...? x

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  8. Na, every shoe is different, like Natalie said. So you know how you can buy a size 12 pair of jeans from Gap and they fit completely differently to a size 12 pair of jeans from Topshop? We'll think of it a bit like that. Worth getting a proper fit - won't cost you any more. X

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  9. PBI. If you have a gait issue and you've just said you do then you need the right shoes. Go to a specialist shop and put functionality first because I seriously do not recommend shin splints and in good time hip degeneration.

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  10. Love this, have totally had the same feeling recently (though without the healthy 60K running bit!)... found myself coveting Liberty print or mustard trainers and yes thinking it's probably a step backwards and that I'll never be able to wear proper shoes again! x

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  11. Hey! For my most recent trainers I just went for something light that looked descent and was on sale. They do the work when I'm at the gym I'm a Nike fan and I've never got over the Pegasus model from when I was a teenager. x

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  12. Asics are by far and the best for running.

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