Are your trainers weird enough for winter 2018?
How garish trainers became weirdly desirable; fresh winter fragrances; snug goat-wool from Pringle of Scotland; Tod’s Andrea Incontri lists his favourite things; get a crush on velvet; Russell Norman’s boozy tiramisu; hot rod watches from Bell & Ross; the baseball cap grows up; totally dope grooming products; dressed-up slippers; colourful watches; dive into the Maldives; next-level gym kit; deluxe diaries; Robert De Niro knows a good coat; hangover helpers; the chef’s kitchen kit guide; which body shape are you?; Edward Holcroft goes casual; Beauden Barrett’s rugby regime
Blame Demna Gvasalia, the anti-fashion fashion wunderkind behind label of the moment Vetements, as well as hallowed Paris fashion house Balenciaga (it’s Gvasalia who is responsible for the Triple S trainer, pictured on the previous page). Blame the insistent Nineties revival, blame the end of Western civilisation as we knew it, but the fact is that, for some months now, all the cool kids have been wearing strikingly unsightly training shoes as if there was no tomorrow — which, well, you know, maybe there isn’t — or as if sitcom-era Jerry Seinfeld were suddenly a style icon — which, well, you know, maybe he is. These shoes are chunky, geeky, misshapen and just downright odd.
Esquire’s advice to those considering purchasing a new pair of trainers for the months to come? Resistance is futile. It’s time to join the awkward squad.
Multicoloured suede-leather Triple S, £595, by Balenciaga
Black/grey/burgundy technical fabric-leather, £560, by Prada. Black denim jeans, £90, by Levi’s. Black cotton socks, £12, by London Sock Company. White cotton socks, £13, by Falke
Black/grey/navy/red technical fabric-suede Drift, £115, by Camper
White leather-suede Tsugi Kori, £125, by Puma x Han Kjøbenhavn
Blue/black/white leather-mesh Gel-Mai, £100, by Asics Tiger
Black/red leather-nylon Ozweego III, £285, by Adidas X Raf Simons
Beyond teenage kicks: statement trainers have long gone overground