Middle age and brand loyalty to trainers
Isn’t it a just an accepted fact that as a British male* your choice of trainers is frozen in time the moment you hit 18. Whatever you’re wearing then, you are pre-ordained to wear for the rest of your life. In most cases this is good. Not so if you had white Reebok Classics on though. All i wear, and have ever worn, is Adidas Gazelle or New Balance. Anything else would just be… well… a bit like wanton showy-offy extravagance
* with the obvious exception of those who bowl from the pavilion end, who tend to be more adventurous in all aspects of their livesPosted 3 years agostumpy01Member
Hmmm. I recently considered buying a pair of the re-released Nike Air Huarache as they were the most comfortable running trainers I have ever owned. I dread to think how many miles I did in the pair I owned when I was about 16/17.
– they are something like £80
– the colours are very shouty
– I am no longer a teenager and not sure shouty bling trainers just for wearing around are a good idea!
I also looked at the Air Jordan as I had a ltd edition pair of those but they are now going for over £100!!Posted 3 years agoJef WachowchowMember
I’m 43 and have bought Adidas exclusively since I started buying my own trainers, I thought that was bad enough and have been berated for being so ‘anally retentive’. Only buying one type is extreme dedication.Posted 3 years ago
I felt proper adventurous when I bought my first pair of 5 tens only to learn that they are in fact owned by Adidas.
Always been about Adidas until the mid life crisis kicked in.
Had a couple of pairs of Nike, Patrick, Diadora etc in my youth.
But I was callow and easily influenced then.
Vans now – cheap (if you shop about), comfy, very slightly sad.
New Balance for anything involving actual activity – always from the discount shop in Keswick when I’m on holiday.Posted 3 years ago
My last 4 pairs of trainers have been.
However, in a risky break from tradition (and to show that I am still young) I took the plunge for something different (go for it…what the hell!) and have just received in the post a pair of these.
I’ve reached the stage in life where.
1) I buy the same thing over and over again.
2) I buy my trainers mail order.
3) I buy cheap shoes.
I am 45.
I am tempted to upgrade the laces to white ones though.Posted 3 years ago
We did a mock TV advert about him when we were teenagers –
Camera moves along the floor of a pub, observing the shoes of those sat at the tables, then moving upwards to display the wearer.
Those with posh trainers were nursing a half.
Ged’s table was stacked with pints.
Yes, of course we took the piss. 😀
He had a pair of British Knights once too, but we don’t talk about that.Posted 3 years agopictonroadSubscriber
Yep, Superstars all the way. I went to the Adidas ‘clinic’ and had a custom pair of superstars birthed for me.
Never been so excited.
current choice is dictated by wallet emptying family life. What I have now has to last through all the way to gardening stage.Posted 3 years agoweeksySubscriber
ads678 – Member
I’m 38 and my current stock consists of:
3 or 4 pairs of Etnies
3 pairs of vans
2 pairs of new balance
1 pair of merrels
1 pair of Puma
2 pairs of element
and probably a couple more I’ve forgotten about!!
I might have too many…….
You’re female yeah ?Posted 3 years agoMalvern RiderMember
After a brief run-in (fnar!) with ‘fashionable’ training shoes in early youth, I soon exchanged the concern for either utility, fun, or both combined. No brand loyalty other than comfort and/or durability.
You could say I chose life and gave up on fashion. And yes, Crocs 😆Posted 3 years agoedhornbySubscriber
if the ‘what you wore at 18 sticks’ then there should be great swathes of mid/late 30yo men wearing air jordans… I never had a pair I thought they were a ridiculous price
I have a pair of brown suede G star for smartish wearing but they have vertical stripes and look kinda like rounded toe samba 🙂
tried merrell and very well made but a very wide fitting, I now have ones I can’t even remember the brand of but are very comfy, like a walking trainerPosted 3 years ago
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