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Chunky Trainers

The 90s called, they're bringing their shoes back

Trainers were once only confined to sporting activities and the gym, however, everyone is now swapping pump shoes, kitten heels and ankle-grazing Chelsea boots for frumpy Dad trainers. Leaving 2017, people were wearing chunky bright white Nike Air Force1’s with pretty little wrap dresses and mom jeans. Since the drop of Balenciagas second pair of iconic trainers, following their infamous neoprene Race Runner shoe, those in the fashion world have been swapping the simplest and quiet possibly chicest pair of trainers on the market for Spanish fashions houses Triple S sneakers, said to resemble that of a trainer worn by a dad in the 90’s.


The Balenciaga trainers made an appearance for both men and women early this year and have not long dropped on online fashion retailer sites, priced from an eye-watering £595 and have since completely sold out. The trainer was originally designed by Demma Gvasalia for the houses FW17 just as trainers were making their mark alongside other designers take on the chunky triple stacked sole, including Chanel and Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with Supreme.

The ugly chunky trainer is going to be a cult item in everyone’s wardrobe for the next few fashion seasons and is continually being reworked by Balenciaga as affordable athleisure wear brands release their own versions of the shoe. The Triple S trainer is now available in a contrast of primary blues, yellows and reds and a mixture of textures, including suede and leather. The off white sole of the shoe had also been designed to look well worn and well loved, another little niche also used by other designers for exclusivity and uniqueness. This shoe is going to be hard to remaster on the high street but will soon make its grandeur entrance as dupes fill shoe heaven.

“For those who cannot afford the designer price tag, the frumpy trainer can be found from Adidas, Nike and Puma.”

In Christopher Baileys last show for house Burberry, he ended his reign under a sea of rainbows. Rainbow garments decorated the catwalk and became a focus towards the end of this soon to be an iconic show, but it was Burberry’s take on the chunky trainer which really turned heads, also featuring the five-lined rainbow stripes. Like Balenciaga’s Triple S, the trainers seen in Burberry rainbow motif also had thick stacked soles tipping off to the brands widely athletic and streetwear themed collection involving Baileys most important of influences during his time at Burberry, model Cara Delevingne. Burberry also included similar trainers adorned with different prints but kept the striking, yet comfortable sole.



Burberrys frumpy trainer was worn with the brands classic muted palette of nudes, browns and red in the form of shearling jackets and black wide-legged trousers allowing the shoes to do the talking upon the runway. Although the rainbow motif was the most important component in the collection, Bailey did not miss the sight of the brands signature woven plaid print. Whilst Balenciaga kept their focus on the trainers in their Mens Fall 17 show as the shoes were matched with corporate wear including suits and tied, Burberry also paired the shoe with mixed print leggings which helped give the bright colours seen on the shoe a platform and really became a treat to the eye.

“The frumpy Dad trainer is here to stay”

For those who cannot afford the designer price tag, the frumpy trainer can be found from Adidas, Nike and Puma. These trainers may still have a hefty price tag, but, the soles of these shoes are guaranteed to last a lifetime making them worth every penny.

The Nike Air Max Plus LX trainers are everywhere at the moment. The athletic shoe has been redesigned since the release of the 1998 original and no features air cushioning soles for easy everyday comfort. The suede shoe can be worn with a variety of different looks, from ditsy dresses to playful knits with jeans. These shoes are available in an assortment of colours, gunsmoke grey, particle rose and black and are priced at £90 onwards. The price may seem a little bit too much for a pair of shoes but students can get 10% off at Nike using a valid UNIdays login and discount code.

“The uglier the or the chunkier the shoe the better”

The Nike Air Max’s can be worn with a wrap dress, ASOS offer a mixed print spot and striped dress for £35.99. The dress itself does appear to be formal and paired best with heels and a chain on wallet bag, but can be worn with trainers allowing the dress to be worn as an everyday component of the wardrobe without looking too over the top. The world was first introduced to the trainers and dress look when songstress Lily Allen hit the charts back in 2006 and the trend has finally caught on. Beautiful kitsch florals and bright and vibrant blues and fuschias are a match made in fashion heaven when brought together.

For a cheaper alternative and a little less of the frumpy look, go for Puma have their own take on the classic Reebok classic looking shoe with their Orbit trainers in patent black. The trainers are featured on ASOS for only £65 and the colour and material of the shoes allows them to be worn with absolutely anything. Cropped wide leg trousers are slowly making their way into wardrobes in bottle greens and sporty stripes.

The frumpy Dad trainer is here to stay. Everyone, who is everyone has been seen sporting the chunky trainers with dresses etc, blogger Chiara Ferragni, models Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner and plenty more. The shoe has tugged at everyones and the likes of Balenciaga and Burberry have put forward a very convincing arguments in whether ‘to’ or whether ‘not’ to by them purely to the exaggerated soles and complimentary colours. Of course the shoe is not to everyone’s taste, but the uglier the or the chunkier the shoe the better, even if it is a pair of platform Vans, a pair of Puma Disruptors or Fenty Creeper sneakers. Dressing like mid 40’s Dad from the 90’s has never been cooler.


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