Don't Ask.... Trainers at the Burberry Prorsum Show, London. September 2014 Don't Ask.... Trainers at the Burberry Prorsum Show, London. September 2014 © Burberry

LUXOS Style Slice. Trainer Culture

Fashion Week has showcased a bevvy of happy feet with the style pack shunning their heels for trainers. Will you be jumping on the trend treadmill?

by 26 September 2014

I love Lanvin. Not only is it the longest standing French fashion house that manages season after season to get it right with its uber chic, cutting edge elegance and ultra sharp tailoring, but also it didn't put its models in trainers down the catwalk. The maison, who celebrated its 125th anniversary at its Thursday catwalk show in Paris, proved it has what it takes to retain its rich heritage yet be utterly contemporary, and all without a pair of trainers in sight. Thank you Alber Elbaz. Call me old fashioned and behind the times but unlike the rest of the fashion world, I do not see the appeal of wearing trainers with every part of my wardrobe.

If Fashion Week is anything to go by, I am in quite the minority when it comes to my hatred of trainers as part of ready-to-wear. In New York, London, Milan and Paris, trainers are the shoe du jour. They are cooler than cool and anyone who is anyone in fashion is shunning their Louboutins for Gazelles and Stan Smiths in every colour. The front rows have been akin to marathon line-ups from the knee down with everything from worn in grubby plimsolls to sparkling new sneakers, while the catwalks, treadmills for next season's must have trainers.

Chanel Haute Couture 2014

In New York, trainers and skirts were a regular catwalk duo with DKNY raising the level with bold platform trainers, while in London we saw brightly coloured comfy trainers on Burberry's catwalk and at Temperley, lace up trainers with skirts and dresses. Christopher Bailey's reasoning: "The ease of the flat shoe was there so that everything felt just that little bit more effortless," he explained. Effortless – yes. I do not deny that throwing on a pair of trainers is a lot simpler than tottering around in a pair of heels. And I am all for functional fashion, but the name says it all. Trainers are for training. Fitness and fashion have boundaries.

Some of the most loved and influential names in fashion would disagree with me. Chanel and Dior even put trainers with their haute couture last season, so I know I am in the minority here. Particularly in Paris, where style guru and the mastermind behind Céline, Phoebe Philo, pretty much inaugurated the RTW trainer trend several seasons ago, wearing a pair of Stan Smiths for her post show bow back in 2010. Since this pivotal moment, trainers of all kinds, but in particular the front runners (no pun intended) Stan Smiths, Nike Airs and Adidas Gazelles have become the shoe of choice for fashion's it brigade. Net-A-Porter even reported nearly selling out of their metallic Air Max trainers within the first day of their launch.

Rita Ora in her Stan Smiths

 And as Paris Fashion Week continues I have no doubt we will be seeing more and more trainers kicking back on the front row and going at a pace down the catwalks. So is it really time for me to say au revoir to my beloved heels? Well, while I could be persuaded to don a pair of Stan Smiths with jeans or wide legged pants, I am saying a big no to chunky super sporty looking trainers and particularly with a midi skirt. I will allow myself to be deemed uncool and continue to totter in my heels, or go off-duty in my ballet flats. Not even Karl Lagerfeld can tempt me.