Dad trainers, ugly trainers… whatever you want to call them are ‘in’. Who’d’ve thunk it?
Fashion is a fickle and ridiculous thing — not that that is a criticism. People do pay a lot of money for the whims of looking ‘fresh’ and on-trend, and some times I understand it, and sometimes I don’t. I understand it more than paying the same amount as some shoes as for a season ticket to watch some men chase a ball around a field. At least I have some control over the shoes, but I digress.
Fashion, as I’ve mentioned before, is not always kind to those with health issues, which is fine for me as I’m not a massive slave to the trendy in any case, but I find that fashion can be fun, and it can be a good way to make peace with a body that doesn’t always do what you want it to do. For this reason, when you find a fashion trend that is positively useful for your disability or condition it’s a real boon. Not only will your preferred clothes/footwear be filling the shops, giving you far greater choice, but you can find new inspiration and different ways of styling something that you may be bored with. Pinterest is a good place to look:
So, now it’s the turn of chunky trainers. Apart from the Adidas NMDs, I’m much more of a retro trainer kind of girl, so I’ve been sort of ignoring this trend. However, I was recently reminded of a time, several years ago when I was waiting for an operation, when walking in a pair of Adidas gazelles would have been unbearable, and would have had to resort to running-trainers or similar. So, I decided to write this post, as my younger self would’ve found it useful.
So, my favourite chunky trainer, aside from the NMD, would probably be the Nike Huarache. They’re supportive, I like the heel strap because it adds interest, and they have a nice rolling sole (something I talked about here; basically, it helps you walk with less effort and is good if you have arthritis). They sell at about £90, but you can customise your own pair on the website, which is quite a cool thing to do because I like stuff with my name on them:
Another option, if you want to keep a retro profile, with some chunky trainer comfort is the New Balance 574. They come in some nice retro colours, like this orange suede:
However, it’s worth mentioning that these are very much in the fashion-trainer category, and if you’re struggling with arthritis, you may want to use this chunky trainer trend to wear proper running shoes that are designed to keep your joints stable and support your feet when you hit the floor.
Whilst we’re on New Balance then, the 1260v7 are very supportive and cushioning and excellent for over-pronators:
They’re especially good for people with toe issues as they have a wide toe-box, and are available in different widths, so you can really tailor the shoes to your body. They are pretty colourful, but that’s in at the moment too. Next to these Stella McCartney designer trainers, they look positively wall-flower:
It is, however, harder to find good running trainers in classic colours (i.e. black or white), but the Asics gel-kayano is not only very supportive and cushioning, it comes in black and a very inoffensive peach, though it does run narrow:
There is then the question of what to wear them with. The answer is of course, whatever you want, but for myself I would steer away from anything else ‘athe-leisure’ for fear of looking a bit Vicky Pollard. Contrast seems to work better on me, so smart tailoring or floaty skirts and dresses are what I’d choose: