In a box-fresh curtsey to pumped-up-kicks princess Cara Delevigne, trainers were given a couture twist at Chanel’s SS14 collection, with mesh-detailed sneakers glittering beneath full-length gowns. Whether you love or loathe the high-tops-and-haute-design combo, there’s something undeniably liberating about it, reminding onlookers that you might lace up and go pelting towards the horizon – Runaway Bride-style – at any given moment. From the high-tech futurism of Rick Owens’ recent collaboration with Adidas, to saturated Fresh Prince colourways at Balenciaga, we’ve rounded up the luxe trainers that give formal footwear a run for its money.

Trend Spot | Pumped Up Kicks

Jimmy Choo studded high top shoes
£665 –

Balenciaga leather sneaker
£345 –

Giuseppe Zanotti colorblock shoes
£635 –

NIKE black sneaker
£80 –

Rich Owens for Adidas leather footwear
£420 –

Lanvin snake print trainers
£570 –

Hogan suede sneaker
£235 –



Words: Mary-Jane Wiltsher

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