The Great Trainer Debate

the Great Trainer Debate

the Great Trainer Debate by rachel-the-hat featuring converse trainers

Trainers (or sneakers if you’re from across the pond) have fast become the fashionables favourite choice of footwear, swapping heels for comfort and pairing them with everything from girly dresses to boyfriend jeans.

As an avid shoe lover i have to admit it has taken me a long time to actually liking the thought of a pair of trainers in my shoe arsenal, i spent most of my teenage years in trainers(lots of the above

infact!)and the thought of returning back to trainers felt like i was somehow shunning my beautiful shoes and returning to the practicality of my youth! But when you see trainers been rocked and looking awesome everywhere i started to think, maybe there is something in this for me? As you all know i am a mum who often spends weekends and summers in big parks and play gyms and generally non-heel pleasing places. I hate to admit it but i have spent many a morning wondering what shoes to wear trying to stay stylish and myself and also practical for that hike with the kids and the dog, often opting for a not -very-comfy, blister inducing ballet pump. Well not anymore. With the inspiration from some of my favourite bloggers and pintrest i have now decided that maybe a great trainer could be the answer to all my weekend dilemmas. 

And once i started looking, well,  i literally couldn’t decide which would be best to go for.  The choices are vast and great. But i’ve narrowed down a few of my favourites . here goes

Adidas Stan Smith

very  popular with the fashionable, the Stan Smith offers a comfy white trainer with a pop of green. Classic trainer orginating from the 70’s making it great for rocking a bit of that 70’s trend.

New Balance Trainer

Going for a more classic trainer shape, NB look like they could be slippers they’re so comfy looking.  You could quite easily break out in to a jog in these and be in the perfect shoe, although jogging isn’t really at the top of my must-dos (except for when Cassy, our dog, makes a run for it across the field to go play with another dog/person/random object, which literally leaves me dapping it full pelt across the field after her every time.. entertaining for anyone watching i assure you, as i scream her name and she blatantly just ignores me… the little madam!)

Adidas Gazelle


I owned a pair of gazelle’s back in the 90’s when i was a teen rocking frayed jeans down at the skate park. I still really love these, they definitely have a masculine air to them.. i actually think Neo would rock these.

White Converse All Star 


The classic Chucks, i have a pair in red that are really really well worn. I have been fancing upgrading my oldies to a new crisp white pair. Worn with ripped jeans a white tee and a black blazer they can look chic, or with cut offs and a summer vest top for perfect weekend wears. Converse will forever be a favourite in my household, with both my son and step daughter wearing theirs regularly.


 Superstar Black & White

Superstar in mono

Pharrell Super colour

And lastly the Superstar or what we used to call them; The Shell Toe. I wore these back when i was 15/16 which in my mind feels like only a few months ago (crazy time, where have you gone?!)

I remember loving them back then and nagging my mum constantly for a pair. I first had them in white with red stripes and then for my second pair i had baby blue stripes.

I have to say 15 years on i still think the shell toe Superstars are my favourites. The black and white are totally rocking my world and now i can’t help but think how perfect they will be for all the dog walking/child-friendly days out. 

Pharrell recently launched a whole super colour rainbow shoe theme too, so they now come in practically every colour imaginable. But for me? I think it’s the classic black and white. And i think i may have found what i have been looking for.

Here’s a few of my fave bloggers that i’m inspired by:

My BBFF (blogging bestie friend forever) Catherine  styling up her chucks with a vintage skirt; genius right?

Francis showing us how Stan Smiths can look tres chic

Kat knocking it out the park with all white cracked leather Stan Smiths and a breton top…love!

Jane   showing us that trainers are not just for with trousers, they also look UH-MAZING with dresses.

So there we have it i am totally converted. 
And i *think* i may have to invest in the Superstars.

What are your thoughts on trainers? Are you a fan?


  1. April 15, 2015 / 8:43 am

    Wow thank for your the lovely feature Rachel, I'm highly honoured.
    Like you I took a long time to be convinced on the whole trainer debate but now I absolutely love them & own two pairs!! I love how they can tone down a slightly smarter outfit not to mention they're super comfy 😉
    Can't wait to see you rocking your new pair.
    Jane xx
    My Midlife Fashion

  2. April 15, 2015 / 10:28 am

    I know what you mean. I was a bit anxious about wearing sneakers frequently but seeing them rocked by literally everyone (one bussiness woman this morning!) I decided that I want to explore this trend to the fullest this Spring.

    fantastic inspiration post!

  3. April 15, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    being the shoe addict I am I have three pairs of chucks, some vans and some Ked type sneaks. and ironically today I am wearing a dress and sneakers.I am a fan and I think you would rock this look

  4. April 15, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    I love shoes but not trainers. About 5 years ago I developed heel spurs and had to wear athletic shoes EVERYWHERE. No heels, no flats, no stylish numbers just trainers, until they healed or whatever they do(?). It slays me to lace some on every once in a while. I do, however, must where them when I cut my husb's or my hair. Hair has a hard time getting into your feet with those laced-up guys in the way. lol
    I do want some Converse All White All Stars, tho. They are awesome!! !! !!

  5. April 15, 2015 / 6:19 pm

    I am for trainers because they are comfortable so I am happy they are IN right now.

  6. April 16, 2015 / 1:58 am

    I just love converse, especially the high tops they go so well with pretty much everything. Coming round to the Adidas Superstars as well….

  7. April 16, 2015 / 11:37 am

    Rachel lovely – thank you for featuring my vintage skirt/sneakers combo!! As you probably know I'm a bit of a sneakers/trainers fiend and my ultimate faves are my Superstar Originals – I think I've had them for the best part of 20 years now… still going strong! I have Stan Smiths (in green like the ones you've featured) on my birthday wish list, so fingers crossed for those ;))

    Catherine, Not Dressed As Lamb x

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