Sunday, 13 January 2013

Mum on the Run - See where my latest style inspiration has come from...

It is possible to get style inspiration from lots of places - books, magazines, nature, the catwalk or in this case, our 5 year old's trainers. I have been coveting them since she had them for Christmas and this is why...(grubbiness aside).
For the past 5 summers or so I have bought a new pair of converse. Now having them in cow print, pink, coral, turquoise and pale blue I can't pretend to need any more. However I do love the comfort of flats and trainers are great for nipping up to school and back in and whizzing around the stores when not with clients. They look great with skinny jeans and ankle length trousers too and worn in the right way, they are a fantastic alternative to loafers, brogues and other flat styles.

I loved the collaboration between Nike and Liberty and featured a pair of their trainers here late last summer. They were too small for me and so were returned but not before someone left a comment asking me whether, if I had kept them, would they have featured in my outfits of shame for the year. Hardly! Boob tube, leather mini skirt and white chipped stilettos maybe but not trainers.

Anyway, I digress. What I like about the pink Clarks trainers is the sole and the slight addition of height that they give without being too chunky. I remember a friend at school having some red gola trainers that weren't dis-similar but they don't seem to make them any more. I have had Adidas Gazelles in the past but they are a little too flat. Anyway, they just make me wince. I was wearing mine once when I was using some shears in the garden and I chopped the lace off. Good job I wasn't barefoot.

These are the Puma Classic trainers but again, they're just not quite right.

I have worn Nike Air Max in the past for the gym/running but they are too "trainer like" for what I am after. I also have worn Campers in the past but no, it's time for a change.

So that's why these Clarks ones would be perfect. I could probably manage without the flashing lights and the velcro isn't really necessary for someone my age. A different colour would be good but other than that they are exactly what I am after. Having trawled the shops and the web, in the words of U2, "I still haven't found what I'm looking for." But I will - of that I am sure.