What to Wear with Nike Dunks?

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┬áNow I know these aren’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea but I have to say I lurrrve me some Nike Dunks. I got this pair last year (the exact style has sold out but there are plenty of alternatives)┬áthe thing is I’ve not really worn them as much as I’d like. I struggle to find anything to go with them other than gym kit and they aren’t really practical for the gym, so what to do? Here are some ‘slebs look cool and all but they seem to all go for a Dunks-jeans combo and we all know I don’t do jeans, alas the woes of being 5.2”. Will let you know if I figure these out or if they start gathering dust!

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(Images via coolspotters.com)

Fashion Trainers?!

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┬áI’m still not entirely convinced about trainers as a fashion item. The gym yes, but that’s my general limit. So it came as a shock to myself when instead of doing the flats to heels shuffle on the first day of London Fashion Week I found myself saying sod it and kept the trainers on. With a suit. Do I think this looks better than with heels? Nope, but I don’t think it looks bad either. Besides it was utterly horrendous weather and trying to work in the rain and cold is quite enough drama let alone throwing the whole heels-and-cobbles-debacle into the mix. I chose the Nike Free Run for the spangly bronze laces, I think the metallics dress them up a bit more. Not sure if these will ever find a place in my wardrobe besides being commuting shoes, we shall see!

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Shoes for Running in

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Trainers are in fashion. Ok well trainers have always been in fashion to numerous different people at any one time, however trainers are now in Vogue kinda fashion. There are Pinterest boards worldwide dedicated to them, preferably worn with a perfect cropped trouser to show off that lithe ankle and something from Celine. Regardless of all this trendy stuff going on I was more than happy with my muddy old trainers for the occasional gym visit but mostly being dragged around the park with a dog. I had zero interest in trainers, in fact any form of flat shoe. Then I find myself having to hike up yet another hill which I swear was at a 90 degree angle! Everyday I have to do this now working in Sheffield and so I caved in, I went and got myself a pair of trainers, but of course they had to be fashion trainers, right. The fashion bloggers have spoken and it seems the Nike Free trainers have been deemed the trainer of choice, not knowing much about trainers in general I went with the general consensus and opted for a pair. I chose these Nike Free 3.0 V5 from Spartoo as I liked the black mottled design and the ultraviolet highlights. But I really liked the turquoise and the pink Internationalist too, it was a tough choice.┬áWhat I was even more overjoyed with was the retro bright red shoe box they came in, taking me back to my youth in the 90s and my Nike Pegasus, sigh. They feel very peculiar at first, unlike a regular trainer the Free is more like a wet-suit sock which can be tricky to wriggle your foot into, but once on they are super comfy. I’ve been wearing mine all day and no rubbing as they hug your foot. The soles are unusual too, they are cross-hatched so that your foot can flex in more ways, making for a great feeling when your feet pound the pavements. One note on the sizing, the 38 equivalent is actually a UK4.5 so consider half sizing up if you don’t like your trainers to fit super tight. I thought I was ordering a UK5, as such they 4.5 fit just fine but I couldn’t get a thick pair of socks on with them. Will I be wearing trainers as a fashion item? No, I kick them off and back on with the heels as soon as I get to the office, but for running up hills they are just the ticket.

Street Style Manchester: Nikes vs Chucks

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Dzastina & Lucy both 17 from Essex, favourite shop ASOS

James Manchester Versace

James, Manchester, favourite shop Versace

Claire 27 Manchester, Cow

Claire, 27, Manchester, favourite shop Cow Vintage

┬áTrainers have long been a fashion item outside of the gym, however this summer they have really made an impact from Nike’s to All Stars or ‘Chuck’s’ as the cool kids now call them. If you like it loud and proud go for bright Nikes such as these neon Elastico. Or if you like a more laid back cool Converse might be for you, these star printed All Stars are a fabulous update on the classic. How do you wear yours?

Thea 15 Manchester Cow

Thea, 15, Manchester, favourite shop Cow Vintage

Jodie 21 Wirrel Topshop

Jodie, 21, Wirrel, favourite shop Topshop

Sam 15 Manchester Topshop

Sam, 15, Manchester, favourite shop Topshop

Bren 58 Phillipines Selfridges

Bren, 58, Philippines, favourite shop Selfridges

Outfit: Kicks

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Vivienne Westwood Mens Gold Label jumper, old trackies, Pink Nike Dunk trainers

Casual, dressed down styles as you well know, really aren’t my thing. But I’m only human and everyday can’t be a heels day, in fact some days I wear really gross clothes (fear not I won’t blog those leggings with holes in…). The last few weeks have been a fashion fail on all levels due to renovation works going on in my house. This week I’ve had no electricity and no access to my wardrobe, cry! During this time though I’ve had chance to sit and think about the direction this blog is going in and I will be making some changes. This weeks as my Instagram (@superelevated) will testify, I’ve been wearing a pair of old denim cut-offs which are two sizes too big for me and over-sized ancient t-shirts as my clothes are held hostage. You really do not want to see that, however I did have this photo which I hadn’t blogged yet, taken a few weeks ago. I guess this is as socially acceptable as my casual wear gets, an old Men’s sweater and these cheerful Nike Dunk high-tops which come in a range of fan colours. It’s not going to win any fashion prizes but I think its quite a cool look.

What do you wear when you are on the down-low?

Slam Dunked: Take Two

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┬áHere we go then! After my last post where I mentioned the leopard print Nike Dunks trainers I ordered were too small – and last size in stock on Spartoo shoes, I swapped them for these. Pink and lime green Nike Dunk GS! They are probably a bit more on the pink side than I would usually have gone for but I liked the lime and black. Thanks to everyone for voting on my Facebook for which colour I should go for that was fun!

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 I will most likely wear them for walking the dog and stuff, not in a fashion way. Should you be seeking some fashionably ways to wear trainer though have a look at this Pinterest board I did.

Slam Dunked

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You all know I’m not really a trainer person,well not during the last ten years anyway. Yet for some reason I really fancied having a new pair of trainers for the summer, just for kicking around in. I think the sportswear culture has become more mainstream lately as more and more people are buying into the look. I spotted these cool Nike Dunks whilst checking out the shoes in the Spartoo.co.uk sale and couldn’t resist. To my utter dismay they only had one pair left in a half size smaller than I usually take. I figured I would try them as you never know but alas they just weren’t wide enough. Sob. I snapped some photos for you before I packed them back up for return. They have the Dunks in some other colours which I can swap them for so not all bad. But aren’t these awesome in the leopard print!

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Cool aren’t they!

Sneaking Into Fashion Exhibition

Here are some of the images from the Sneaking into Fashion exhibition curated by Tory Turk on behalf of Javari.co.uk. The pop-up exhibition looked at how the trainer has become part of our culture and featured some rare designs. I loaned a pair of my trainers to the exhibition, can you guess which pair is mine? The Vivienne Westwood ‘Tracey trainers’. The exhibition was staged in at Convent Garden, the cases set amongst the walk ways – taking the gallery outside of the museum. It was a great way to get people who wouldn’t usually visit such an exhibition interacting and learning.┬á Many famous pairs were featured including shoe designs from Nike, Adidas, Isabel Marant and Vivienne Westwood. You can take virtual tour of the highlights and find out more info on the shoes at Javari.