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)

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.

Getting Fit for the New Year?

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Gyms across the country are preparing for their busiest season of the year, with thousands expected through the doors of fitness centres everywhere come January. Getting fit or losing weight is top of many peopleÔÇÖs New YearÔÇÖs resolution lists, from those that have fallen off the health wagon previously, to those who are trying fitness for the first time. But why leave it until the New Year? If you are really serious about getting fit then there is no reason to delay. Sign up in December when the membership fees are often lower and there are less people crowding. If you havenÔÇÖt done much exercise in the past stepping into a gym for the first time can be a bit scary, but the staff will be on hand to help show you the ropes, and this guide will make sure you have everything you need for your first visit.

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Footwear
One thing you will want to splash out on a little is a good pair of well fitting sports shoes, as exercising with incorrect footwear can cause a lot of damage to your feet. If you only intend to work out at the gym, then buy a pair specifically for gym use, but if you want to take the odd run, or play tennis too, then a multi-purpose pair of trainers is a better idea. If youÔÇÖre heading to the gym as your resolution, then wait until the January sales to get a great pair of trainers for less than retail price.

Swimwear
Find out before you go what facilities your gym has, and decide which of these you will want to use. Some gyms have pools, saunas and steam rooms on site, all of which you will need swimwear for. If you are going to be swimming for exercise rather than for leisure youÔÇÖll need an all-in-one, or a tankini or bikini designed for swimming. To just hang out in the sauna or for a few casual lengths of a pool a normal bikini is fine and can be reused on holidays in the future. Check out George’s range of swimwear for some low cost swimwear options to save cash.

Clothing
You donÔÇÖt need to look like youÔÇÖve just stepped off the catwalk to go to the gym. WhatÔÇÖs important is that you wear breathable fabrics that are close enough to your body to avoid getting caught in any machinery. For classes like Yoga and Pilates you will want to make sure your clothes donÔÇÖt hinder your movements, but are tight enough that you donÔÇÖt accidently expose yourself when contorting. To start with, leggings and a cotton t-shirt will do fine – you can invest in more specialist gear when youÔÇÖve worked out what you like to do as part of your workout.

Extras
You donÔÇÖt need much else for the gym, but do remember to pop a towel and a drink in your bag. Towels are needed not just for swimming, but also for wiping down machines after use, and mopping your forehead when youÔÇÖre working hard. ItÔÇÖs also wise to take a few coins with you, in case you need them for the lockers or you fancy a sports drink after exercising. I find taking a few toiletries such as face-wipes, deodorant and shower gel essential too if you can’t go home to shower right after a work out.

Taking the first step on your journey to fitness is the hardest part, Women’s Fitness has some excellent articles to get you started. Once you get the habit you will wonder how you ever managed without it. Get as much info as you can from your local facilities and choose one that will fit your lifestyles and aspirations. Ask as many questions as you like when youÔÇÖre starting out, and soon others will be asking questions of you ÔÇô like, ÔÇÿhow did you do it?!ÔÇÖ

(Image credit, Gym bag Werd.com)

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

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.

Whats on – Exhibition: Sneaking Into Fashion

 


If you are in London any time this week I recommend you go down to Convent Garden to check out the Sneaking into Fashion exhibition. Curated by Tory Turk this exhibition delves into the role of the trainer in pop-culture. Featuring many famous designs from Adidas to Vivienne Westwood, a must see.
I will be going down next week and I can let you in on a secret – there will be vintage Vivienne Westwood shoes. You might recognise the Westwood Tracey trainers above? Yep they are mine which I have loaned for the exhibition, so go say hi.