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Wardrobe Staples: The Classic White Trainers

I know this one is stating the bleeding obvious, but I’m nothing if not predictable, so I’m here to tell you how much I love white trainers. I don’t think I would believe you if you said you didn’t own at least one pair. I have 7! and 5 of those are Adidas Stan Smiths. They are all just ‘slightly’ different though you understand, and therefore fully justifiable. I am also one of those annoying trainer wankers who don’t like it when they they lose their box fresh newness. I can deal with it to a certain extend, but when they start to look a bit tatty and worn-in I tend to go off them. That said, I have recently been drawn to the Golden Goose Brand and they are deliberately made to look old and dirty. That is just all kinds of wrong, but somehow also seems right!

My obsession with Stan Smiths started with this photo of Pheobe Philo from 2013. After I saw that, I just had to have a pair. I had to buy them a size too big, because at that point Adidas were only making them in men’s sizes. Luckily they cottoned on to the trend pretty quick and now you can’t move for Stan Smiths in all sizes, styles and price points. They are still my go-to shoe for almost any outfit when I call for comfort and simplicity. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a fancy shoe, (as you should know by now) but I will always turn to my Adidas in times of need.

Want to wear a dress but don’t want to look too dressed up? add a pair of white trainers. Fancy trying a suit, but don’t want to look like you work in the city? add a pair of white trainers. Just want to keep it casual with jeans and a sweat shirt? add a pair of white trainers. I could go on, but you get my drift. I like them. I’m sure you like them too. Let’s take a look at some of the brands I’m into right now, starting  with the original and the best..


Back in my rave days I favoured a Superstar, but these days I only ever buy Stans. Just get some. I loved wearing my white trainers with a suit back in the 90’s, I’m going to try it again soon. I love this cream pin-striped number from Mango

1. Whistles Pink Linen T‑Shirt
2. Mango Pinstripe Blazer
3. Mango Pinstripe Trousers
4. Sandro Pink Leather Bag — The Outnet
5. Adidas Stan Smith Trainers — Office 


New kids on the block, or at least new to me. Totally eco too, made in Brazil from recycled materials. Conscience eased and cool trainers purchased. A win win as far as I’m concerned. I have the red and blue ones, but I’m also loving this new green trim. & Other Stories have now done my Red and White Stripe Top with added navy, love it…

1, & Other Stories Stripe Top
2. Current Elliot Camo Jacket — Matches
3. 7 for All Mankind Boyfriend Jeans — The Outnet
4. APC ‘Demi-Lune’ Leather Bag
5. Veja Esplar Leather Trainers 


I fell out of love with Isabel Marant for a few seasons, but I am now head over heels again. The trainers with the velcro straps. Love them. Plus I love that tons of it is now on sale. I already bought a bomber jacket, I’m hiding my credit card in case I feel the urge to buy more…

1. Etoile Isabel Marant Cotton Top (on sale)
2. Marks and Spencer Cross Body Bag
3. Whistles Cargo Pocket Crop Trousers (on sale)
4. Aldo Stacking Bracelets
5. Isabel Marant ‘Beth’ Trainers


Over-priced trainers that are made to look old? What fresh hell is this? But there’s just something about them that I kind of love. I haven’t made a purchase as yet, but let’s be honest its only a matter of time. I’m just waiting for the next 20% off day at Matches!

1. Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Trainers
2. Dodo Bar Or Cotton Top (on sale)
3. Acne Cropped Wide Leg Jeans (on sale)
4. Mango Leather Shopper Bag


No, I don’t get paid by M&S. Maybe one day, as I stand by the fact that they come up with some gems if you sift through the linen slacks for long enough. They have some great shoes and a couple of really decent pairs of trainers that look way more expensive than they are. Check out the sparkly star ones down there, ‘inspired’ by Saint Laurent much?

1. & Other Stories Navy Open Back Dress
2. Etoile Isabel Marant Denim Jacket (on sale)
3. Goer Printed Tote Bag
4. M&S Star Trainers


Talking of expensive, let’s finish off with the dons. Gucci trainers are obviously on my wish list. Maybe one day, but I need to sell a few of my other shoes to justify I think. I seriously have too many shoes! I have last years version of this M&S Skirt, works just great with white trainers.

1. & Other Stories Premium Sunglasses
2. M&S Floral A Line Lace Skirt
3. Top Shop Logo T Shirt
4. L.Credi Cross Body Bag
5. Gucci Bee Embroidered Trainers 

That’s it for today. What White Trainers do you own? Would you splash the cash on some designer ones or are you happy to keep it high street?

K x

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