Welcome back to another segment in my Fashion Focus series. I’ve really loved writing these posts, focusing on one trend I’ve been loving. This week it’s the turn of the Dad trainer aka chunky trainers. Now I know I’m not breaking fashion news by telling you that chunky trainers are in but I wanted to have a little chat about how to style them and what to look out for when buying them. You may have seen on my channel my trainer unboxing. I recently purchased these stunning Calvin Klein trainers from Office and have been slightly smitten with them ever since. They are a great dupe for the Balenciaga Triple S trainers and a fraction of the price.
Starting with styling. For the most part, trainers are one of the easiest shoes to style and pretty much go with any outfit, however it’s easy to cross the line from chic Parisian girl-about-town to 90’s PE teacher. Here I’ve paired the trainers with my checked trousers for a slight preppy look. The trousers are turned up at the ankle which compliments the trainers well and looks less smart which is in-keeping with the sporty style of the trainers. I’ve added a bright jumper for some contrast in colour and to add a slight sporty look that is also encompassed by the trainers. To top it off I’ve thrown on a checked, light weight coat for an extra layer. This coat compliments the slight smartness of the trousers while still keeping the look casual. Overall the trainers work so well with this outfit.
I’m so happy these trainers are on trend at the moment for a multitude of reasons; the main ones being practicality and comfort! Running around London in them was a breeze and they work great with my lifestyle in Brighton too. They are 100% the most comfortable shoes I own which is a massive bonus. Somethings to look out for when purchasing chunky trainers is the style. Not all trainers fit in to this trend so the key features to look out for are:
– Chunky sole: this goes without saying but what I mean is your normal running shoes just won’t do.
– Patterns and cut outs: a lot of the designer trainers we saw walking down the runway had interesting sporty patterns and cut outs making them stand out from your normal trainer.
– Branding: now this doesn’t always matter but of course this trainer style has been taken and recreated from designers. The high street alternatives are still great if the top end trainers are out of price range but even mid range shoe brands such as Nike and Fila are giving us great alternatives.
All photographs by Stacey Louise White