I WOKE up feeling all Zen this morning, that’s not to say I do not always strive for a higher state of mind and emotional contentedness, but today I was fired by the ebbing tide of cool summer fashions and one aspect that has a blatant disregard for all things stereotypical.
This little fashion move, idea, comment, call it what you will said a thousand words from those who sported it back in the 1970s, for example on John Lennon, to those modern icons such as Robert Downey Jnr and Ryan Gosling who have taken it to heart.
This look is the trainer, no socks, and suit or blazer combination.
There are variations on a theme, such a basketball hi-tops as preferred by faux muso heroes as Ed Sheeran or radio starlets such as Nick Grimshaw, but I want to concentrate on the classic trainer suit or blazer combination.
It really is a higher ground.
If you are plumping for a lighter blazer such as the Minimum Charlton or Minimum Ferrand, Gant Rugger Canvas and so on, you can drop in some stand out colour.
So try the Adidas Gazelle golds or the Indoor golds or to contrast try the navy Indoor.
The wonderful thing about the classic white trainer is it work with light or dark blazers, suit combinations, even tweed jackets, such as the Gibson London Harris tweed, or Shetland brown or the Donegal jackets.
Ping on a pair of Onitsuka Mexico 66s, or try the creation Recreation Prio white, basically anything from the Shoes Like Pottery range will work perfectly, the contrast soles always add a certain something.
Or if it is a simple, yet stylish value look you are after, Novesta Starmaster canvas will win the day like a Bjorn Borg back hand.
The Paul Smith Osmo, white or black along with the Armani Jeans perforated leather trainers or the Hugo Boss Green Stiven white trainers are also perfect choices, with the additional colour touches helping them fit with dark navy blazers such as the Hardy Amies Brinsley or what about the Barbour x White Mountaineering Wax lapel or Wave Print.
For me the look is pure thing, there are plenty of variations you could drop in, like running shoes, say New Balance, the M576MOD khaki shoe will always work or go the Grimshaw route with hi-tops, say Nike Dunk CMFT.
But the thinner simplistic shoe, that harks back to the bearded Beatle, is the look I am concentrating on.
As they say, there are other options available.
It really is a matter of the attitude you wear this look with, it really should be a Fuck ‘em one.