IN the fickle world of fashion there aren’t many items that live up to the phrase ‘worn to death’.
There have been a handful of items in my life that have fallen into this category. But none is loved more than a pair of unassuming pony hair Adidas trainers decked in cow print.
I first clapped eyes on them in some ‘soul-less’ shoe shop in Manhattan circa 2004.
They were the first, and last, pair of trainers to ever excite me.
For this reason they have remained by my side and on my feet long past their sell-by date.
They are now officially follically challenged, resembling Wayne Rooney’s head before the transplant and have suffered several attacks of mold, which I lovingly scrap off.
Despite sneaker interventions I have shrugged off suggestions to replace them.
Until I stumbled into Xile while scouting menswear for an up and coming photo shoot last week.
After almost a decade, I’ve found the german company have trumped their original design by re-issuing the classic Adidas silhouette immortalised by Arthur Ashe and giving it a slick street make-over.
There in their leopard print pony-haired glory I found a worthy contender to replace my beloved battered pair.
I’ve always been a believer in finding love once you stop looking.
I just didn’t think it would ever apply to a pair of trainers.
It’s autumn/winter preview time. Frontiers Boutique is hosting three shows showcasing its latest collections from 1pm, 5.30pm and 8pm on October 3. Tickets are £5 for some bubbly, canapés and exclusive discounts.