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Are your train­ers weird enough for win­ter 2018?

Esquire (UK) - - Contents -

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

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