The Death Of The Statement Trainer

It was all about as loud as you could get, now the tables have turned and less is most definitely more when it comes to trainers.

Fashion is a fickle beast. Last season trainers had to be big, bright and bold – basically all singing and dancing à la Marc Jacobs and Karl Lagerfeld. But this season we’ve done a total 360, and it’s now all about the calmest, most discreet trainer you can find. If they’d be seen on the feet of Phoebe Philo, you know you’re onto a winner.

We’re also having a little trip down memory lane. Adidas Originals are totally owning this trend, with Stan Smiths and Gazelles being the major players here.

The best thing about these more subdued trainers? They are so easy to wear. Denim can be worn loose and slouchy as well as skinny and neat, and raw hems are their best friend. Leather has never been cooler than when teamed with an Adidas Stan Smith and if you can wear trainers to the office, these are the ones – perfect with an ankle skimming navy double breasted suit.
Read below for the Marie Claire fashion team’s top three trainers:
1. adidas Stan Smiths, £69.99, adidas.com
These are literally not going to be leaving my feet. I am as loyal as the day is long to ‘proper’ trainer brands, in fact so loyal that I am not only going to be buying these but also the blue version with a crackle finish.

2. Isabel Marant, £260, net-a-porter.com
She’s the queen of hippy cool and has given these classic trainers an upbeat twist. Metallic? Tick. Flame? Tick. Yep, we’ll have a pair.

3. Office, £60, office.co.uk
One of our favourite high street shoe brands has produced this beauty – and it looks so much more expensive than it actually is. Look at it all grown up with its faux snake skin finish. Love.

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