Sneakers, trainers, tennis shoes – whatever you call them they are everywhere right now, and nothing could make me happier. In my closet I have Adidas gazelles, Converse sneakers and classic Chuck Taylors, Nike hi-tops (worn way back here) and of course my ridiculous Golden Goose.
Many recent sneaker posts have focused on the classic New Balance sneaker. They’ve had somewhat of a renaissance recently. I remember blogging about my New Balance running shoes back here and thinking what a ‘nerdy’ brand they were. But now that nerdiness seems to be cool. I love the fact that they have become so mainstream – I still have a lot of love for the brand and J.Crew have some amazing colors available for the Spring.
Back in 1995 I dragged my family around the streets of London looking for Adidas Gazelles in green. You couldn’t get them for love or money after Ms. Moss made them such a style statement. I eventually tracked a pair down in Harrods of all places!
Since that first purchase I have always been an Adidas girl. The fact that Run DMC made the brand so freakin’ cool did not escape me either.
I now have a pair of men’s navy Gazelles. Buyer beware – buying men’s sneakers presents all sorts of sizing issues. Not only is UK sizing different from US sizing but the men’s and women’s sizing is different too! Please can someone standardize shoe sizes globally – thanks. I am a US women’s 8.5 and I buy US men’s 7.5 in Adidas.
I also have a pair of Adidas Samoas – I love how ‘neat’ this shoe is and the leather is beautiful.
These silver women’s Gazelles are amazing and on sale. Just imagine them with tanned ankles and boyfriend jeans – lush!
For something a little more neutral I adore the grey men’s Samoas.
Yesterday I just had to get out of the house. With the crazy weather here in Altanta (we spent Tuesday night pushing cars along our road) we’ve all been housebound. This has now resulted in us all getting sick, irritable and tired. Great. So yesterday I bundled up and headed to the mall for 30 minutes to a) try and remember what day it was and b) blow some germs away. I ended up popping into the Adidas store and look what I ‘treated’ myself to.
These Stan Smiths can’t be found anywhere online – at least where I have looked – they do have some of the red trim available on the Adidas site. I really didn’t think they would be me – but when I tried them on I was smitten. Super comfy and I love the simplicity of them.
Of course everyone else in the store was buying them so they will be on all the cool kids this Spring – me, Phoebe and Marc included of course:)
These Samoas were a complete curve ball. I immediately cringed when I saw them – flowers on sneakers – totally wrong. But again I tried them on and wow – I love them! So different, and yes girly, and they will look great with denim shorts or my ASOS t-shirt dresses. Again I’m sorry I can’t find them online but here they are in the flesh
As a complete aside from ‘proper’ sneakers, while I was re-ordering my Limited Edition shoes (flowers again – what is happening to me?!) I spotted these fabulous ‘slip on sneakers’ – similar to the Next versions that were available last summer. These Marks & Spencer versions are a great price too. I can vouch for them as they happened to fall in my cart – no idea how that happens – very strange – must be a bug on the M&S site.
I’m afraid I don’t have much to report on the outfits of recent days – it really has been crap stuck at home, but not nearly as crap as it was for those stuck on the Interstates for 24 hours. I’m sure we’ll continue to hear more about the good Samaritans who have helped those in need over the past few days. The thaw is here and hopefully we can get back to normal again – though our politicians will feel a little beaten up for a few weeks to come no doubt…