Friday, October 2

- Fashion & Sport Do Mix...

Trainers have been creeping their way into the fashion scene for a few years now, and with the remaining buzz surrounding the Sports Luxe trend, it seems they've earnt themselves a permanent spot. Think modern minimalism; bomber jackets, quirky hoodies and hi-top wedged trainers.

Whilst I personally can't see myself rocking wedged trainers anytime soon, there has been a slight change in my fashion taste. See, I used to think trainers were for one thing and one thing only: Exercise. That is, until I moved to London.

Trainers everywhere. It seems the trendiest way to commute is by sporting (geddit?) a vibrant, colourful and eye-catching pair. And I can see why. No tottering around train platforms and escalators in unsturdy heels, slowing down your pace for the home run; sharp elbows out, aiming to get a seat.

Lol, London life.

So I decided to join the bandwagon and get myself a pair from bargain website Shoetique. I love loafers and heels, but so many shoes seem to rub my feet. Whether that's the quality of shoes generally nowadays or my poor decisions, who knows (probably the latter, let's be honest). However, my feet are very happy chappies in these, and I can only see my love for them growing once Winter starts setting in *gulp*.

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Seriously, they are so comfy. I decided on the Skechers Flex Appeal* in periwinkle/pink, as they're just the thing I was after. There's a range of colours available, including this floral aqua pair, which I also have my beady eyes on.

Have you seen the latest Skechers TV ad? The one where Kelly Brook is surrounded by pillows and claims to be walking on air? Well, she couldn't have put it better because, wait for the magic ingredient, these trainers use memory foam to provide extra comfort and support. Honestly, I love how these tick both the aesthetic and practical boxes.

As you can see, I've kept my outfit simple as the trainers do the talking. Teamed with acid wash jeans and a basic off-the-shoulder top, this is the ultimate comfy casual look I go for.

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As well as wearing these as an everyday shoe, I've also been testing out their performance during physical activity. As you may know, at the start of this year I introduced more of a fitness regime into my life and have managed to stick to it. This mainly consists of bouldering/rock climbing, running and yoga. A few months ago, Rob and I switched up our running routine by adding in sprint/interval training too.

In case you don't know, this is where you perform numerous short bursts of high intensity speed in order to build fitness. What we do is sprint for ~100m and then walk back to the start point, repeating 8 times. As you can see in the photos, we've adopted a little isolated footpath which is perfect for this sort of thing.

So, what about the trainers? Well, they pass! I'm happy to say I've had no problems at all and it certainly feels like I'm running on cushions. Trainers can be eye-watering prices, but these are £55 which I think is an absolute bargain for, in my opinion, a footwear essential. Plus, if you're not feeling the neon pink laces, they also come with a matching periwinkle pair for a more discrete look.

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What do you think of trainers becoming fashionable? Don't forget to check out Shoetique here.


*Products marked with an asterix (*) have been gifted. I only feature products/services to my personal taste and all opinions are 100% my own.


KAREN
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13 comments:

  1. I have a gorgeous pair of trainers but I only ever use them for exercise - I'd love to be brave enough to wear then normally though because I love them! Those Skechers look so comfy and love how you styled them quite simply so they make a statement!
    Amy x
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  2. A few months ago I probably would have laughed and said trainers are not fashionable and should be kept for the gym ect but it feels like nearly every pair of shoes that I have at the moment seems to just kill my feet! Not only are trainers becoming more fashionable but they're also dead comfy! Go trainers ha :)

    Natalie Ann xo // Petal Poppet Blogs ♥

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  3. You went for a gorgeous pair of trainers and yep, I agree completely comfy footwear in the form of trainers should become more fashionable. They do have a slight gym touch to it, but I think with a great outfit around it you can avoid the fitness look.

    Caz | Style Lingua

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  4. Ohh I really love these, such lovely bright colours! I've always been a fan of 'trainer' type shoes so I love that they're coming back into fashion. Need to get myself a pair! x http://coffeeatmidnight13.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. I have been thinking of picking up a Converse for myself, it's very stylish and comfortable. There's just no way for me to wear lots of heels anymore these days. Little kiddo can run....

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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  6. I only love trainers and exercise clothes that are bright and cheery. The trainers are a lovely colour and perfect for treaking round london Lucy x

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  7. I need those shoes!
    I currently have some gorgeous New Balance shoes and while I love them, they can hurt my feet sometimes, especially when I run long distances. I need memory foam in sole! ;)
    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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  8. I wore trainers for the first time outside of the gym yesterday - I love them!

    www.maddie-elizabeth.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. I'm always in my trainers - especially walking about a mile and half from my train station to work in London. These have such fun colours too! x

    Everything But The Kitchen Sink

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  10. Oo these memory foam Sketchers sound amazing and look so gorgeous too. I love wearing trainers for an everyday look especially if they have a pop of colour to them. Love the style & colour of this particular pair x

    Beauty with charm

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  11. I love these trainers - they look so lovely!!! Very pretty and how cool is the memory foam, must be soooo comfortable too! :)

    Layla xx

    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk
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  12. Those are really cute! I really like the color, it's super fun! They also look really comfy! IGreat pictures, lovely, you look amazing! xx

    Ale | http://alemint.blogspot.com.co/

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  13. Trainers are so big at the moment, even I have been eyeing a pair from Nike

    Nashia | MakeupandBeautyMayhem

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