Up until about 18 months ago I wasn't really a trainer girl at all. I hadn't worn or owned a pair that wasn't just for exercising purposes since my early teenage years. Creepers were my alternative choice (ahh memories). I remember saving for ages for a pair from Underground -the ultimate Tumblr chic- in my late teenage years and grungier days, but trainers just never came into it. Until my boyfriend Will, managed to convince me that I needed just one pair for throwing on, on weekend shopping trips or for when you just need to run out of the door. And so I made my first trainer 'for everyday wear' purchase. It was a pair of white Nike Air Force 1's, in case you were wondering.
While my white Air Force 1's aren't really something I reach for anymore, they were definitely the start of a more casual division of my footwear collection. And trainers as a whole have earned a more significant place in my wardrobe now, where previously they had always been reserved for the most casual of occasions.
Lately though, I've found myself longing for a smarter alternative to my casual favourites. I finally caved and bought myself a pair of simple white trainers after getting dressed one too many a morning and finding myself thinking that they were exactly what I needed to complete my outfit that day.
The pair that I went for are the Topshop Coffee Lace Up trainers. The gold detail on the laces adds that little something extra, but without attracting too much attention. The key with simple white trainers is (funnily enough) to keep them simple, and to keep them white.
Once you've got those two things mastered, your perfect minimal pair is anything but basic. They're a foolproof accompaniment to any casual outfit. You don't really even notice they're there, but somehow they also perfectly complete your look, giving it a more polished vibe.
For me, they're one of those items that you never know how much you need, until you have them. I find myself reaching for these at least 3 times a week. When I want to add a scandi-cool vibe to a skirt, or understated chic feel to a pair of trousers. Or as a smarter alternative to more sporty trainers.
Simple white trainers also work equally well dressing down a smarter look, see where I'm going here, they go with everything. Their simple, non-distracting nature contributes to their massive versatility. You could say they are the footwear equivalent of a great leather jacket, aka the piece that you can just throw on, when you want to look cool but reasonably put together.
I'm all about pieces that are easy to wear, but work hard for your wardrobe. Those things that you don't really have to think about, or plan to wear. They're just there and they're easy.