My Celebrity Life

Timeless Trainers Are The Coolest Kicks On The Block

While many gravitate towards a pair of chunky combat boots as soon as the skies start to turn, the trainer fanatics among us try and stick it out for the long haul. While they might not always be the most weatherproof footwear out there (you’ll know this is you have ever tried to wear canvas shoes in the rain), the universal appeal of trainers’ cool and comfort-led aesthetic makes them a constant year-round staple, even when the winter weather hits.

While many associate trainer aficionados with waiting in queues overnight for the latest drop, the pandemic has seen a shift in collector culture, seeing many people turn to Instagram sellers to cop the best in vintage trainer styles. You only have to look through the near 70k posts relating to New Balance 990’s to understand the cult power that classic styles hold, with the 1982 original recently becoming a hit amongst normcore crowds for its greyscale colour palette and no-nonsense design.

One Instagram account fuelling our old school shoe obsession is @trainer.spotting, an online archive of ‘historic sneaker moments.’ Pulling together paparazzi photos, magazine shoots and film stills from across the ’80s, ’90s and early noughties, the account platforms the trainer choices of everyone from Naomi Campbell to Princess Diana.

Having personally collected streetwear imagery for several years, the account’s founder Sergey Velsin decided to make his hobby public in 2018. While the journalist claims it’s impossible to choose his favourite archive image, there is one that stands out as a moment in trainer history. “I really love the iconic Stéphane Sednaoui’s portrait of Björk wearing Reebok Instapump Fury in bed. It’s a beautiful and controversial 1990s picture featuring a beautiful and controversial 1990s sneaker,” says Sergey.

While many of the styles are now sadly out of rotation, this Insta feed is the perfect place to soak up inspiration for your next trainer purchase – many of the kicks are still available through a variety of new reimagined iterations. To take a peek at the celebrity favourites and find out where you can shop the modern-day equivalents, take a look through the slideshow ahead…

Before luxury fashion fell for athleisure, Posh Spice was a street style icon.

My Celebrity Life –
Nike Air Max Triax 96 USA
Nike Air Max Triax 96 USA, $, available at Size?
1996 or 2020? Whatever the year, this Tyra Banks ‘fit is perfection.
My Celebrity Life – Nike Air Max 95
Nike Air Max Triax 96, $, available at End Clothing
Changing into trainers after a night on the town? Liv Tyler did it first.
New Balance 574 Women’s, $, available at JD Sports
Naomi Campbell proving classic is always best.
Adidas Originals Campus Trainers, $, available at Get The Label
If you’re going to get trainer advice from anyone, make it Sporty Spice.
My Celebrity Life – Nike Air Max 97
Nike Air Max 97, $, available at Sneaker Peeker
Aaliyah being iconic as always.
Nike Shox R4 Trainers, $, available at Farfetch
The perfect picture does not exi-
New Balance 373 V2, $, available at Size?
Adding these TN’s to the long list of things we want from J Lo’s wardrobe.
Nike Tn Tuned 1, $, available at Footlocker
If Whitney Houston and Forrest Gump give Cortez’s their seal of approval, then they’re good enough for us.
Nike Cortez Trainers In Retro Leather, $, available at ASOS
Björk promoting self-love and sick style? An icon.
Reebok Instapump Fury Trainers, $, available at Reebok
These trainers are the reason Rachel Green was a ’90s fashion icon.
Nike Air Max 95 ‘Greedy 2.0’, $, available at Size?
Queen of everything.
Nike Air Huarache Ultra, $, available at Footlocker
Scream-ing at Drew Barrymore’s perfect choice of kicks.
My Celebrity Life – Nike Terra Humara 18
Nike Terra Humara ’18, $, available at Consortium
Melanie Griffith proving commuter trainers can be classy AF.
My Celebrity Life – Reebok Classic Leather Trainers
Reebok Classic Leather Trainers, $, available at JD Sports
Did you know Laura Dern invented dirty trainers?
Saucony Shadow 5000 Vintage, $, available at Saucony
Julie Ordon showing us how to do the ‘model off duty’ look right.
My Celebrity Life – Nike Air Max Tailwind IV
Nike Air Max Tailwind IV, $, available at LUISAVIAROMA
If watching The Last Dance didn’t convince you needed a pair of Jordans, this photo of Neneh Cherry will.
My Celebrity Life – Nike Jordan 5 Retro
Nike Jordan 5 Retro, $, available at Nike


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