The January Style Challenge 4 - The Perfect School Run Trainer

Thursday, 23 January 2014

Item 4...at long last! And wait for it (especially Joanna and Gemma Louise, to whom I've long professed that I'll never go down this fashion route) - it's a pair of trainers! But not any old trainers - no, some trendy 'non-sporting' ones. 
I saw Michelle and Sue sharing their New Balance ones in burgundy & grey recently and it finally clicked that they *could* actually work on the school run. 

They look great with boyfriend or skinny jeans and a darker colour means they aren't too sporty looking. Another consideration is that in recent months, my bad knee (pensioner speak) has not been liking heels for daytime :(

After much deliberation and ordering and sending back,I decided I wanted navy or blue ones and thanks to a sale at Surfdome and a gift voucher - I was able to snap these Onitsuka Tiger ones up for just £15.48....to be precise! Frustratingly, they are now back up to full price on the site now...sorry.


Onitsuka Tiger Colorado - Surfdome
Now they're definitely a marmite item - I know that. I wouldn't have gone near them with a barge pole as little as 2 months ago and I declared more than once that 'trainers are only for the gym'. But I was mindful that in the past I've been too quick to write off trends that I've ultimately ended up wearing. Boyfriend jeans was one and can you believe it - skinny jeans too (about 4 years ago!). I think half of the issue is getting your head around something looking different...and it helps if you then realise that 'the something' is unbelievably comfortable and you can run instead of hobble to catch that bus or toddler. And in the spirit of pushing myself outside a comfort zone (2014 resolution), I'm celebrating that these are a bit different and will take getting used to. I can do this!
If you need some inspiration, Marlene has some great pictures on her blog here. And if you're firmly in the 'no trainers for daytime' camp, then just admire my scarf and coat and breton top instead :)
Coat - BHS
Scarf - Next SS13 Sale
Breton Top - Petit Bateau (similar)
Jeans - H&M
Trainers - as before
Once again - if you've bought any fab sale items this January OR in this case, if you've a trainer post you want to share, please use the linky!

Thank you lovelies..
Ax

32 comments:

  1. Love the trainers. Put in my order for the ones from Zalando. Are you still wearing yours??

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    1. Yes...I'm keeping both as I love the grey tones in the Zalando ones. Haven't fessed up to them on here yet...but I will soon! Ax

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  2. LOVE the trainers - I am so on the verge of buying some - I know I should but I have reservations as to me they should be in the gym ... but you and others just look so good in them!

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    1. Do it!! I think they would look amazing on you x

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  3. You completely rock the trainer look and have chosen a gorgeous pair of them! I love love trainers, have been on the bandwagon for a couple of years and are now my school run staple! Could not run after the kids on their scooters quite as fast without them! x

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    1. I love yours and they just look amazing with your pink coat. Totally behind the curve here clearly - haha..thanks for linking up! Ax

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  4. I'd wear trainers all the time if I could, I love them. Strictly an adidas girl though. These look great, good choice and happy comfy school runs from this day on :)

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    1. Well, I never looked at Adidas...must check them out. Thanks Lou! Ax

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  5. Loving the new trainers Avril & such a lovely shade of blue too! I've not brought any....yet, but there's still time!! Jane xx
    www.mymidlifefashion.com

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    1. There is!! Would love to see you rocking them Jane, Ax

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  6. I love the trainers and always have - I got a pair of Nike Air Maxs last year on ASOS and have literally worn them out. Quick question - I got a pair of Hudson Horrigans for £50 cheaper than the Hudson website(on Amazon.co.uk - they were £99) but one is tight. Any tips on stretching boots? Nice blog!

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Lucy! Regarding your Hudsons - I'd speak to a shoe repair person. The guy I go to does stretching and can advise on whether it will work. Need to be careful you don't ruin them! Ax

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  7. I honestly think they look great on you, but then I love the whole trainer trend! Such a bargain too! x

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    1. Thank you Sharron - as we discussed this week, it's not always the easiest look to pull off! Ax

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  8. The Onitsuka sneakers are fabulous, not too much of a cliche to my New Balance ones :P You see? Those boyfriend jeans look FAAABBBUULLLLLOOOOUUUS on you. May the sneaker trend never end. I'm digging this outfit. It's cool, chic and you can run in them.

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    1. As always - you're an inspiration! Thank you for your lovely comment...I'm seriously chuffed to bits that you dig it. Praise indeed coming from your stylish self, Ax

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    2. Avril, I think you're giving me way too much credit! So envious of your long lean figure. Time to heave my butt to the gym.

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  9. How do you manage to snag all these bargains Avril? Did you keep the others too? The colours are really lovely, so fresh and will be brill for spring x

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  10. *coughs* I LOVE your Breton top and your scarf. LOL xxx

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  11. I love the Onitsuka Tigers on you - they are such a great colour and work so well with what you're wearing. I told you - there's a pair out there for every one if you really want to go for it.

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  12. These trainers are gorgeous!!! The color is brilliant - cobalt is my favorite color :) The whole outfit is my kind of outfit. Casual yet put together... mom-on-the-go...just super! So glad I discovered you blog.

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  13. Hi Avril...great look and styling:) As I was saying on Sharron's post the other day I do need something to wear for walking when the longer evenings come in. I may resurrect a navy Geox pair I have in the wardrobe.If I feel comfortable in them I might invest in something else for day wear. I really don't want to be wearing boots and heels all the time and as I can't walk in pumps, these might be a good option. Thanks for the inspiration:)
    ~Anne xx

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  14. Ha! Success! I am #7! Love my Retro Nike Waffle Sneakers in Green. Well okay trainers, but I'm a yank. ;)

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  15. They look brilliant Avril. 9Your whole outfit is lovely). As you said, it's hard to get your head round something different. I'm uncool and only associate trainers with the gym, but looking at how you've styled yours, I may be convinced to try. Thank you for hosting the linky again, Liz xxx

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  16. Looking so super stylish in the Onitsuka's....they are so gorgeous and you are so very original going for something a bit different! Love the way you have styled with the breton and pea coat! Outfit perfection....off to linky my other sales finds post! x

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  17. I have a pair of pink and black reebok ones that I use for exercise. I am also anti trainer unless I am at the gym but I wore them out today when I took the baby for a walk after reading your post and I'm warming to it!

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  18. So glad you've given in to trainers, you look great in them. A perfect school gate outfit. I predict trainers will become an obsession for u!!

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  19. They look great on you....but I just can't do it. Wedge trainers...that's as low as I can go.

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  20. They look great on you and such a fantastic price! I need to get some trainers, I have some wedge ones which I love, but need ones for running around with the kids! X

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  21. Your trainers look fab, a very brave but successful move;)

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  22. I really like them on you Avril, I am just shivering for your ankles!! Well done on pushing yourself to try them, I reckon you will not know how you coped without them soon enough! x

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  23. Love them! I think you wear them so well & will never look back! It took me a while to get used to mine again but now I wish I could wear them everyday! Ax

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