Why every woman needs a pair of cocktail trainers

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Images: Caroline Leeming. Set designer: Hannah Hall

Now the mainstay of many a designer footwear collection, pimped-up trainers are a modern-day wardrobe staple and it’s easy to see why writes Alyson Walsh author of Ageless Style based on her blog That’s Not My Age. No heels, no hassle and plenty of pizzazz. Seriously, think about it: comfort, glitz and glamour all rolled into one. What’s not to love? The rise and rise of cocktail trainers is every woman’s fast-track to 24-hour, go-anywhere style – this is definitely the grown-up way to get dressed. 

Here’s how to wear them:




Alyson says: "Temper these bling-tastic, bejeweled Gina baseball boots by keeping everything else simple. Try a pair of plain black stretch pants and a black roll-neck sweater for a less-is-more approach. And when there’s plenty of twinkle around the toes, all you need is a pair of gold hoop earrings to complement the look."


Trainers, £725, Gina
(available at Fenwick Bond Street)




"Snazzy sneakers are designed for running around in," Alyson explains. "Hogan’s glittery kicks are a wonderful complement to a smart trouser suit or tuxedo. Juxtaposing sporty footwear with sharp tailoring gives office-wear a modern edge (dress codes permitting, of course) and is a neat way to avoid carrying extra baggage on the commute. See them as a stylish means to streamline your life."


Trainers, £280, Hogan
(available at Fenwick Bond Street)




"Playing with texture gives a pick-and-mix feel to autumn dressing," Alyson says. "Go ladylike-with-a-twist by pairing Valentino’s lace detail sneakers with a maxi skirt and biker jacket - or rock the baroque in brocade trousers and a lace blouse."


Trainers, £460, Valentino
(available at Fenwick Bond Street)




"Make like Lauren Hutton and team Kurt Geiger’s glittery plimsolls with a pair of slim black cigarette pants, a simple T-shirt and classic trench. The perfect preppy outfit for those early autumn days when Birkenstocks have been packed away until next summer and you’re not quite ready to bring out the boots."


Trainers, £140, Kurt Geiger London
(available at all Fenwick stores)




"For a soupcon of Parisian chic, take inspiration from French model and music producer Caroline de Maigret," Alyson explains. "Wear Sophia Webster’s neon trim hi-tops with a boyfriend jacket, slouchy T-shirt and your favourite pair of jeans. Et voila, a laid-back look that wouldn’t look out of place in Le Marais."


Trainers £295, Sophia Webster
(available at Fenwick Bond Street)

By Alyson Walsh