In 1989 we laughed at Melanie Griffith in “Working Girl” as she gets into work at her posh Manhattan office sporting trainers all the way from her native New Jersey. Even though the idea of being that comfortable appeals, the suit/trainers combo is a no no, no !
Stilettos, platforms, high heels, sure… but our feet are screaming “enough!”. Pump shoes make a come back to rescue us, but it’s not quite enough to relieve our poor feet so cruelly tortured for years.
Shoes have had to adapt to the new urban lifestyles which often involve being on the move at a fast pace. The solution: real comfort in the shape of a pair of trainers. Here we are, transformed into the noughties’ Working Girl.
Luckily for us, in the meantime, the elitist status of fashion has collapsed. Nowadays, brands, stylists and marketing teams have come around to the idea, helping to make trainers a lot more acceptable, and even super trendy.
In 2006, Pierre Hardy who loves to defy conventions and play around with different concepts of fashion shoe making while himself being a keen sportsman, is the first designer to have the idea. He asks his collaborators to come up with a line of fashionable, urban trainers. Ever since, every luxury and pret a porter brand, as well as sports giants like Nike and Reebok have followed in his footsteps to each season deliver trendy, feminine trainers that flatter our looks and relieve our feet.
What’s more, walking flat with supple soles intensely massages the ball of our feet which in turn encourages blood and lymphatic circulation, optimizing the fat burning process. Yum! However, be sure not to mistake your fashion trainers for your exercise ones as you could end up getting hurt!
*Thanks to Cecile Coulot, from the last Pierre Hardy team.