As a fitness blogger it’s usually unlike me to discuss the latest fashions, but with the new season fully upon us it’s worth discussing the new range of trainers appearing this A/W. Much like trends in mainstream fashion, both casual and fitness shoes this season have been inspired by the 1970s throwback, meaning a lot of styles from our childhood are making a return to the high street. Today I’ll be reviewing the Adidas range in stock at outlet store M and M Direct.
Originally branded in the 1970s as tennis shoes, this redesign of the iconic Stan Smith trainer has made several appearances in high street fashion in the 1990s and again today, retailing at £44.99. The slick circular toe design and pristine white colour looks snazzy and is an upgrade from standard canvas tennis shoes. With a leather upper and cushioned insole, these are also far more comfortable and long-lasting than canvas, while still remaining breathable enough for all seasons. Perfect for casual walking and racquet sports.
Designed for basketball, there’s never been a point in sports fashion history when Hi Tops haven’t been cool. This season we see a good range of understated and ‘Space Jam’ models appearing, all with a good variety of colours, textures, and designs. I’ve chosen to single out one of the more expensive models, retailing at £34.99 at M and M Direct, the Space Diver. The colour scheme looks effective without being garish, and the adjustable ankle straps and extra eyelets are the most singular feature compared with other basketball boots, allowing you to really get a perfect fit. Perfect for basketball, netball, casual walking.
Cheating with definitions slightly, these boots are actually hiking boots instead of trainers, but still worth a mention here. A definite 1970s throwback in terms of style, the Chaska bootshave a nice all-around shape with plenty of ankle support for difficult terrains, as well as a clearly jagged rubber sole for ultimate grip. A CMEVA midsole gives plenty of cushioning, and I’ve chosen to highlight the Gore-Tex model as particularly good for wintery walks, as the membrane gives breathability without letting the rain in for the reasonable price of £50.00. Perfect for trekking, light snow, anything near water.
Finally, the Turf Trainersare a nice compromise between comfy ‘out and about’ shoe and grippy sports shoe. Designed for playing football or rugby on Astroturf, the rubber sole is designed to cope well on slippery grass or plastic surfaces, making it a nice all around indoor/outdoor shoe too, The orange suede is very retro and funky, and retails for £24.49. Perfect for: football, casual walks, drizzly weather.