Price Points: Old skool sneakers

Black old skool sneakers | H is for Home

My (only) pair of trainers are coming to the end of their life. I’ve had them for at least 15 years and the soles are worn down to the thickness of paper and the fabric is splitting across the vamp where the toe joints bend. They’re a pair of all-black Nikes and I’d like to replace them with something fairly similar.

I don’t like trainers that are too high-tech – you know, those made with colourful space-age material, aerodynamic shape, computer-engineered soles and all that. I just want a pair of old skool sneakers. ‘Sneakers’ must be an old fashioned word – my spell-check tells me it doesn’t exist!

I know exactly what I want from my new pair. I’d prefer if they were low-tech canvas or hemp. They need to be black all over, I don’t like black uppers with thick white sidewalls. This kind of style is so They can be worn with jeans, skirt or dress – really versatile.

I usually prefer the look of Pumas over other brands. However, I’m tempted by the £90 Nikes – they’re completely customisable. You can choose the material; the colour of the base, quarter, swoosh, laces, outsole and sidewalls; style of the tongue… you can even have customised text printed to the underside of the tongue!

  1. Old Skool Lite: £55, Vans
  2. Suede Classic+ trainers: £58, Puma
  3. Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski iD skateboarding shoe: £90, Nike

Wednesday Wish: 7 September 2011

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Marimekko CT OX Unikko print Converse sneaker

CT OX Unikko print Converse sneakers£64.99 from Ran (UK) & $75.00 from Converse (USA)

Converse and Marimekko have got together to produce a fabulous line of shoes for ladies. This Unikko print (originally designed by Maija & Kristina Isola in 1964) version is my favourite however I can’t find a retailer that stocks them in my size (UK size 9… I’m 5′ 11″ and have HUGE hands & feet!).

Each pair comes with a drawstring shoe bag in the same Unikko fabric!