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5 works of art trainers to breathe some colour (and comfort) into your wardrobe


by Edaein OConnell
03rd Feb 2021
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With our 2021 plans at home for the foreseeable future, why not go maximalist on the most basic of footwear: trainers.

In the life we knew before, high heels and boots were our footwear of choice. Life and work demanded an effort. Trainers were used as stylish apparel, of course, but there was a sense of duty about them. We put trainers on for exercise and weekend step counts. They were practical and went with everything, but for most of us, they weren’t top of our fashion haul list. 

Nowadays, trainers may be the best way to bring sartorial joy into daily life. There are entire Instagram accounts are dedicated to them. People can pay thousands for rare pairs and brands are experimenting more and more with colours, designs and shapes. And with our 2021 plans at home for the foreseeable future, trainers may be the only acceptable footwear of choice. So why not make them extra special? Look out for patterns such as leopard, intricate embroidery or any design element that adds edge. 

Don’t be scared of bright colours. In darker days, we say the brighter the better. Think reds, greens and purples. An all-black leisurewear outfit deserves a colour pop. I have a pair of red Nikes’ that I bought in NYC. Among a sea of black and white, they shone like burning stars and they feel like my New York power source every time I put them on. 

And so, below are five pairs of seriously covetable trainers that can only be described as works of art.

 

Punk Uplift

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A pair of Converse are a wardrobe staple. Over recent years, the brand has collaborated with some big designers (hello Comme De Garcons) and experimented with different colourways and designs to bring the heritage brand into the 21st-century hustle.

And it’s fair to say they have succeeded, with Vice President Kamala Harris regularly donning her Chucks as she hit the campaign trails last year. These Chuck Taylor All Star trainers in black with intricate embroidery are a stunning feat in footwear, elevating a basic to extra status. 

Colour Punch

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If you really want to make a statement, try these RS-X3 trainers in animal print with black, rust and yellow detailing. Pair with jeans and an oversized coat for cosy casual wear now and with mini and midi dresses once the weather heats up. 

Suede Effect

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Go red or go home I always say. If you like bright colours and a vintage feel, these Reebok trainers will do just the trick. The suede effect adds luxe and expense but the bright red keeps it within edgy boundaries. Wear under black relaxed leather trousers and a knit bodysuit for a powerful look. 

Muted with a Twist

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If bright colours and eclectic patterns freeze you with fear, look for a muted pair with a hint of artistic prowess. These Air Force 1 Crater faux leather and mesh sneakers are made from sustainable materials and reveal a speckled underlay created from reused scraps. 

Classic shape and classic style, Adidas Superstars are always on the peripheral of fashion hype. This particular iteration help the stars burn brighter with floral accents and prints all around the show and in the insole too. These are most definitely a pair of trainers to be cherished.