Currently, as I walk around the streets of London, I can't help but notice the large number of women pairing sneakers with their silhouettes. Such a contrast from what I saw last summer. This time around, trainers are being paired with mini skirts, flowy pleated skirts, skinny jeans, boyfriend jeans and dresses. I mean hey, if they can be paired with glamorous haute couture clothes, there's little else left that sneakers can't be worn with! Being an avid flat shoes collector, it comes as a desperate sigh of relief to see super trendy women walking comfortably in training shoes. Who has the time these days to be uncomfortable? And if feet can be comfortable in Dior shoes, even better.
Obviously I'm not talking about the haute couture trainers we saw for the SS 14 show (unless we want to sell our house or car). These ones are for the coming Fall. It was just very unfortunate I didn't have a chance to play with the sample size they have at the office (I'm a size 36.5 and the sample size was a 39) and photograph them personally. I did however, fiddle with them at Harrods yesterday to make up for my distress and boy are they divine. Never before has high fashion mixed with street wear looked better. It's an interesting combination that once would have resulted in an expression that would have you running for cover. Whilst many brands have their own rendition of the fashion sneaker, my personal favourite is Raf's.
The colour of the bouncy sole, resembling that of a cushiony running shoe contrasts the colour of the mesh. From baby pink, to yellow, to baby blue; I don't think rubber has ever looked better! The mesh, usually in black or white has very feminine, very intricate motifs consisting of beads and tiny sequins hand embroidered on them. Feminine, comfortable and super fabulous; the Dior trainers embody every characteristic that a modern woman needs to suit her busy life.
The making as always fascinates me more than anything, which is why I'm posting the video to share with you the process.
The shoes are currently available at Dover Street Market & Harrods in London. I will post an update about their availability in India as soon as Dior confirms that to me.
Image Courtesy: Christian Dior