Sharpies at the ready
For the last few seasons, box-fresh trainers have ruled supreme – largely thanks to the return of the bright white Stan Smith – but now, a new trend is on the up-and-up.
So fresh and so clean? We don’t think so. This spring it’s all about doodles.
Yes that’s right, a past time you probably haven’t participated in since you signed your leaver’s day shirt or attempted to perfect the pointed ‘S’ symbol, scribbling on your kicks is now considered less high-school and more high-fashion.
Consistently in pursuit of self-expression, DIY touches aren’t anything new in the fashion world; think punk’s anarchic scrawls and safety pins.
And, there are plenty of personalisation platforms already out there for trainers like NikeiD and MiAdidas.
But, this trend is more about erratic and subjective touches.
Back in the early 00’s, Maison Margiela sold its own version of illustrated kicks with the German Army trainer that was covered in drawings by staff.
While more recently, Vetements joined forces with Reebok on the InstaPump Fury which came graffiti-clad in phrases like “I’m Bored” and “Full on Life.” They also fetched a hefty price tag, setting back anyone who could get their hands on a pair a breezy £500.
A volley of stylish celebs have been seen sporting the trend too.
Rapper Tyler the Creator is well-known for drawing all over his Vans and Kanye West, Swaggy P and Shia LaBeouf are all partial to custom kicks plastered with various markings.
While it’s definitely time to put well-worn sneakers back into rotation, for most of us the idea of spending £500 on a pair of trainers covered in elementary doodles seems senseless.
Instead why not grab an old pair and, sharpie in hand, use them as a blank canvas.