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STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

BAFFLED BY WHAT’S HOT AND WHAT’S NOT IN THE WORLD OF FITNESS FOOTWEAR? MIXMAG’S DIGITAL FASHION EDITOR TAYLER WILLSON IS ON HAND TO REVEAL THE TRAINERS THAT PAIR PERFORMANCE WITH EVERYDAY STYLE

Contrary to popular belief – and what your parents told you when you were younger – trainers aren’t just for exercise. Mad to think that after all this time, all those uncomfortable years of opting for a rigid pair of tanned, pointed loafers as casual wear were in vain, because in truth, your feet were always allowed better.

Keeping gym and casual footwear separate has always made sense, mind. Sweat mixed with treadmill wear and tear doesn’t usually tend to make for a fresh-looking pair of trainers, but space, money and time halt the ability to own too many pairs – so merging the two is the logical choice.

Such is the necessity to be more ef cient, shifts in prevailing footwear trends and trainer technology mean there are now plenty of shoes that will perform both in the gym and on the street. While we aren’t suggesting wearing a clumpy pair of thick-heeled, grandad runners with a pair of jeans on a night out with the lads, we are saying there are trainers out there that can cater for both: that suit the dancefloor as much as they do the treadmill; footwear that looks as good with gym shorts as it does with a pair of tightly pin-rolled chinos.

Gone are the days when gym trainers looked like the piss-ridden set your old. E. teacher wore, or the beige suede duo your grandad donned when he played squash. It’s all different now. While the big boys in the footwear game have been making versatile sneaks for a number of years, the rest of the gang have now started to catch up. It’s not always easy to find the ideal balance between active and casual wear, though, with one slight design movement changing the dynamic of a shoe completely. One wrong colour, one wrong cap move and the shoe’s gone. Dead. Buried. Never coming back.

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