I am a pretty obsessive person in general, however I can't remember the last time I got this crazily taken with a 'trend'. In fairness, I spotted the wedge trainer last year when Marc by Mark Jacobs showed his SS12 collection at NYFW (obviously I didn't attend, saw the pics online), and from there my obsession with what is now commonly known as the wedge trainer trend began.
Something about the statement, clumpy, super fresh, old school style paired with the all-important hidden wedge (if the wedge isn’t concealed, forget it!) had me ridiculously excited. For me, they were simply the perfect trainer. But perfect as they were, I had never envisioned myself owning four pairs of the goddam things six months on.
Me in my trusty River Island wedge trainers emulating Neneh Cherry
Relax, don’t panic (mum, dad)! As if I could afford one pair let alone four of the Marc by Marc Jacob ones. I found these nifty River Island Marc/Isabel Marant copies on the high street and have indulged in them at their purse-friendlier price instead.
So what is so great about these wedge trainers? They basically just go with EVERYTHING. I kid you not, for someone who never even wears flats ordinarily and only dons a pair of trainers for when is absolutely necessary, I find myself trying to sneak these bad boys into black tie affairs and can even see myself trying to rationalise their wear for upcoming weddings.
A wedge trainer madness has seized upon me. I team them with skinnies, summer dresses, maxis, midis, shorts, playsuits and my personal favourite; the bodycon. I love the big, chunky silhouette against a slinky, skin tight number; Neneh Cherry circa 1989 is my inspiration right now.
My pick of the best wedge trainers from the high street (check out those Jeffrey Campbells!!! LOVE. Next on the list, yikes...)
So if you’re also feeling the hidden wedge trainer, I’ve compiled the best high street options sourced from months of laborious research which won’t have you breaking the bank (unless of course you buy four pairs of them like I did, which then might break it a little bit)...