If you are casting around for a new pair of trainers, I can confidently say that high-tops are now verily the thing. You may have always thought that high tops were the thing… but in fact I’m sorry to break it to you but actually they weren’t, for a bit.
But now they are.
Here are my top high-tops.
Converse. Good old Converse! This is a trend that started over in LA a while ago but now firmly over here too. Get them in black. Wear them with everything, particularly skirts and dresses, but also cropped light wash denim straight jeans.
Nike Air Jordans. The original and best and super-cool basketball trainer.
Utterly love my Hummels.
If you feel like spending some money, I saw Alison Loehnis, who is the CEO of Yoox Net a Porter wearing these precise shoes from Golden Goose Deluxe Brand. I confess I slavishly bought a pair and was horrified at how uncomfortable they were, but I wore them round the house for a day and in fact they just need a bit of breaking in. Love them now.
p.s. I am seeing from the comments below a lot of people dismissing high tops as unflattering or only for people with thin calves and ankles. I just don’t think that is true! I’ve been watching people with all sorts of leg shapes in high tops over the last six months or so and in fact I think they do legs all sorts of favours.
Yes I am slim but my legs are out of proportion with not much of an ankle and pathetic skinny calves that make my feet look like massive boats – and they work well. AND I was on a shoot the other day with a plus size model who definitely did not have skinny calves or ankles and she was wearing black Converse high tops and looked great. I think this anti-high top thing is a bias from that one time you tried them on and thought in your head you looked weird. Give them another go. Try to change your mind. Being stuck with the same old prejudices is very ageing.