Whether worn for speed or style, the humble athletic shoe is the piece of footwear that can be found in pretty much everyone’s cupboard. But some sneakers are born greater than others, and it is this architectural pair of Rick Owens trainers – which debuted in the designer’s explosive S/S14 catwalk show slash stomping extravaganza – that have won the Loves vote for Another Man’s fashion editor Ellie Grace Cumming. They were found on ANTONIOLI.EU, a leading online retail website which stocks a sleek curation of men's and women's brands including Maison Martin Margiela, Givenchy and Haider Ackermann.
The modern day trainer evolved from the plimsoll, a soft, canvas shoe with a leather sole created in Britain in the mid-19th century, as a growing appetite for leisure increased demand for more relaxed, durable footwear. In the US, the market for sneakers grew after World War I, when sports and athletics increasingly became a way to demonstrate moral fibre and patriotism, and the 20th century has seen the trainer shift in the common consciousness, moving towards creative blends of function and style. Today they are simultaneously the most egalitarian shoe one can wear, and the most elaborate demonstration of fashion nous available on the street. From Reebok classics, Chanel's diamond studded couture versions and Nike’s much anticipated Back to the Future self lacing trainers, due out next year, it’s clear that the trainers you wear absolutely define you.
These Rick Owens trainers – part of his Vicious collection – speak of individuality and art, so here we ask Cumming what inspired her love, and who her trainer wearing hero might be, alongside offering you the opportunity to win £1000 at ANTONIOLI.EU.
Why did you love these trainers?
They look like a wonderful piece of architecture.
What would you wear them with and where?
With Look 18 from his A/W12 Collection.What is your favourite Rick Owens innovation?
He brought a breath of fresh air to leather jackets, and I love his furniture!
Trainers vs boots vs heels?
Flat black leather boots, always.
Who is your trainer wearing inspiration?
Kurt Cobain.What are you looking forward to about March?
Enjoying Spring with my niece, Lola.
What was the last thing you bought?
A blanket wrapped in tulle top from Comme des Garçons A/W09 collection.
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