If you’ve been dithering over whether to invest in another pair of white trainers: STOP. They are still going to be going strong through Autumn and Winter and probably through to next Spring. In the same way that Birkenstocks, Tevas and other hideous shoes will still be alright next year, too.

I had a pair of white Supergas this Spring/Summer and they are now dirty and a bit knackered (I put them through the washing machine to perk them up a bit and a) they didn’t come out as fresh n white as I had hoped and b) they started to come apart at the seams. Literally.)

Adidas Shelltoes are out of the question as the last time they were in fashion just seems, to me, too recent for me to countenance them coming round again.

I have tried on in the past a pair of Stan Smiths, as the whole world seems to have a pair, but they felt strange and uncomfortable – so I went straight to Nike and got a pair of brilliant white Air Force 1s, which are these:

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Nike Air Force 1 £69.99

Of course no white trainer in the world solves the problem of how to keep them white and clean. The white trainer fetish is rather like the white jean fetish – in order to keep either ice white you have to live a life of such primness and privilege that only the wealthy and dainty can possibly have either in their wardrobes. The rest of us either have to scrub them like fanatics or, in the case of white jeans, just give up completely.