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Sneaker Chic – why I’m not wearing dad shoes

— by Alyson Walsh

Photo: Denton Taylor

Platforms, pimped-up sneakers, furkenstocks; I’ve never been a fan of pantomime shoes. There’s nothing wrong with a little razzle dazzle, no one wants their basics to look basic, but keeping the silhouette sleek, simple and streamlined wins every time. And paying up to £700 for a pair of high-end designer trainers is ridiculous and revolting; to me, sneaker style should simply be a question of sport. I can stretch to a Liberty print Nike Air Max but when athletics shoes go from the playing field to the catwalk, you know where you can stick your overpriced kicks. And it’s not just the price that’s hideous, the latest pumped-up, dad shoe is plain ugly:

Louis Vuitton Archlight yours for £780

 

As a sporty kid I spent my life kicking around in trainers, and I still prefer this laid-back look. Whether they’re in fashion or not, to me, a pair of neutral sneakers teamed with a tailored jacket and slim or slouchy pants are an essential part of dressed-down daywear.

Jigsaw’s leather cross strap trainer

A couple of my friends wear Jigsaw’s Olivia cross strap trainers – and admittedly the snakeprint version has a rakish charm – but my latest purchase is the Adidas Originals Everyn shoe (also available in white and as a lace-up HERE).

Adidas Originals Everyn shoes

 

I’ve just spent a few days in France – not a dad shoe in sight but I did notice that the perenially classic Parisians are still wearing Stan Smiths. C’est chic.

 

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