Trainers: Cool and Functional Help!

(30 Posts)
AppleYumYum Tue 04-Oct-16 16:55:20

I'm just about to send back these gorgeous but sadly not at all cushioned Gola Liberty print trainers, they just didn't feel at all like I might spring along the footpath! https://www.gola.co.uk/womens-spirit-liberty-ht-trainer-p1962

I hate the phrase 'perfect for the school run' but my back is bloody killing me since my ds started school and we're speed waking him there pushing my other dc in a double buggy and then the pick up home again, plus taking the other two around town during the day etc etc.

I own some proper running shoes but they're pretty unattractive. My various plimsolls and Converse are the same issue, just a thin sole.

I want something that looks good with blue or grey jeans which I mainly wear, cute, pretty, but cushioned and supportive. I do like the neon look I see other people in. Nike is probably a good bet but just took a look and they're £££ especially if you fancy a bit of Liberty print. New Balance maybe?

Does anyone own a pair they love the look of, go with lots of things, yet are also good for the old back! smile

Hensintheskirting Tue 04-Oct-16 17:00:13

I've got some new balance and I love them. They're really comfy and cool (I think) - and have lasted really well. Not too £££ either.

FeliciaJollygoodfellow Tue 04-Oct-16 18:40:01

I like Vans but no idea if they're good for a bad back.

ZazieCats Tue 04-Oct-16 18:43:35

Walsh, made in Bolton, comfy as hell, old school to the core.

AppleYumYum Tue 04-Oct-16 18:53:44

Great, I'm going to do some googling on the sofa once the little darlings are in bed! Keep them coming...

AppleYumYum Tue 04-Oct-16 18:55:31

hens which type of New Balance do you have?

FedupNagging Tue 04-Oct-16 19:01:22

They're lovely Apple shame they don't fit the bill.

I have worn my stan smiths pretty much constantly since I got them. I have wide feet and find them really comfy to walk in.

Am currently looking at a darker pair for the winter - possibly silver.

FedupNagging Tue 04-Oct-16 19:02:32

Meant to add, if you still find them uncomfortable, they are roomy enough to out decent orthopaedic insoles in.

Pistachiois50pmore Tue 04-Oct-16 19:21:35

Adidas Stan Smiths or Gazelles

MrsPMT Tue 04-Oct-16 19:57:05

I like these

really fancy some pink trainers and presume either Reebok or Nike would be very bouncy.

sammy891 Thu 06-Oct-16 14:34:50

Adidas Superstars are very good. If you want to save some money the Schuh outlet online may have what you are looking for at a much lower price point and returns are free as well.

AppleYumYum Tue 11-Oct-16 13:50:24

Thanks everyone, been down a shoe rabbit hole, there's so many! I think I need to go to a shoe store and try a few on for the bouncy/comfy check then look online!

Everytime I see one I love on google images it's some limited edition one from 2012, so must stop looking at that!

OhFuckOff Tue 11-Oct-16 13:58:34

No help but those gola trainers are beautiful!

mayhew Tue 11-Oct-16 14:56:44

www.newbalance.co.uk/women/shoes/footwear-outlet/420-artistic-pop/WL420-AP.html?dwvar_WL420-AP_color=Purple_with_Teal

I have these very comfy New Balance. Approved by my fashionista daughter.

hettie Tue 11-Oct-16 16:58:22

Nike the best for comfort (and I have fussy feet). I've had immaculate paid off eBay if you want the liberty print...

Enb76 Tue 11-Oct-16 17:00:13

I wear Gazelles, I do a lot of walking. My current pair are about to die and be relegated to gardening shoes.

BusStopBetty Tue 11-Oct-16 21:07:19

If you will give up dreams of stylish the sketchers are ridiculously comfortable. I bought some for a holiday where I was doing lots of walking and even at the end of the day they were still comfortable.

If you do want something lighter for the distant summer then superga are miles more comfortable than converse.

puglife15 Thu 13-Oct-16 01:31:28

Just get the liberty print Nikes. In the grand scheme of things I doubt you'd miss an extra 50 quid and in my experience they last ages. Stan smith's are also comfy but not at Nike Air levels.

AppleYumYum Thu 13-Oct-16 23:11:41

Yes puglife15 I am coming to the same conclusion, just get a Liberty print Nike Air.

Hettie I've seen a few nearly new on eBay, just a matter of them being your size and a pair I like, sometimes reasonable and sometimes crazy prices - maybe some kind of limited edition thing going on I don't appreciate yet. I suppose I had better actually go and try a pair on and see what size I am in Nike. Or I could be lazy and just get some random pairs on ASOS sent to try. Also would like to try some New Balance on to compare too.

I'm confused about my shoe size these days since dc3 - I have gone up a size or will they shrink back eventually hmm

FreeButtonBee Fri 14-Oct-16 06:46:58

New balance are very comfy. I also have a pair of Nike internationalists in a real/green colour way that are good. My gazelles are comfy too. Really want some Stan smiths but will hold out for next summer I think.

MarvinGorilla Fri 14-Oct-16 09:56:54

I have bad fibromyalgia and live in Gazelles and Stan Smiths.

BerniceBobsHerHair Fri 14-Oct-16 12:55:43

These silver new balance look good and cheap - also come in gold. Or some even cheaper green ones but v few sizes left.

CallarMorvern Fri 14-Oct-16 13:30:46

Oh my, wish you hadn't put that link up, there's a different pair of Liberty trainers on there that I am now coveting.
For comfort I stick with Adidas for sportswear. After a disastrous flirtation with Asics, my feet have only just recovered, so I'm not straying again!
I find Converse fine for casual, but had a bad time with Rocket Dogs ( which unfortunately were gorgeous).

CallarMorvern Fri 14-Oct-16 13:36:41

Oh dear, I've just put Liberty trainers into the Ebay search box...there are so many nice ones...

MrsLogicFromViz Fri 14-Oct-16 14:11:55

Thank you Bernice I have just bought the silver New Balance in a 9. I used click and collect, so hopefully I can return straightway if they don't fit confused

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