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Smarter alternative to Converse trainers?

(24 Posts)
peedieworky Wed 21-Sep-11 20:57:09

I have a nightmare getting jeans to fit but managed to get 2 pairs of boyfriend fit ones similar to these which have been wearing to death with ballet pumps in the sun and now brown suede converse plimsoles as it's getting colder. Am keen to keep wearing them as winter approaches but they look naff with my usual leather knee high boots under them (looked like was wearing brown wellies underneath!). Have tried on a couple of the brouge type but they didn't seem to fit with the style of the jeans. Does anyone have any suggestions? Am a total shopaphobic so have no clue where to start!

mythical Wed 21-Sep-11 22:04:37

something that is very popular at the moment are these trainers.


if you're actually looking for something more wintery i think the thing with boyfriend jeans they won't look good with any boots/smarter shoes unless you roll them up -- something like this

or tuck them in biker boots like -- this <- i think that's a bit more difficult to pull off

peedieworky Thu 22-Sep-11 22:07:06

Oooooh! Thanks. Not sure am trendy enough to carry either option off! Think I need something trainer-like but without a white sole...

mythical Thu 22-Sep-11 22:10:03

you could always get a pair of doc martens :P

FrancesFarmer Thu 22-Sep-11 22:15:31

What about this sort of sneaker. They're a bit more "grown-up" looking than Cons imo.

southeastastra Thu 22-Sep-11 22:17:24

i have just ordered these for winter

mythical Thu 22-Sep-11 22:18:52


ladyasriel Thu 22-Sep-11 22:37:16

sometimes I don't know what I would do without Ash

peedieworky Fri 23-Sep-11 19:30:27

Oh! Coveting the Ash boots but not smart enough... Will need to come up with another excuse to justify frivolous Ash boot purchase reason why I need those. Campers are good idea - bit more grown up. Think am definitely looking for brown rather than black. Great suggestions though folks - cheers!

hettie Fri 23-Sep-11 20:04:21

ummme well I know they have a white sole but these are a bit smarter

fluffles Fri 23-Sep-11 20:11:04

i wear mine with chunky timberland boots (pull-on not laceup) with a chunky heel. they don't look like brown wellies at all - you might be imagining that confused

fluffles Fri 23-Sep-11 20:12:35


polyhymnia Fri 23-Sep-11 20:12:35

Geox also do some quite nice and smart trainer-type shoes.

missismac Fri 23-Sep-11 20:17:28

I am currently coveting a pair of these might they do?

cerealqueen Fri 23-Sep-11 22:34:24

Desert boots?

Dancergirl Fri 23-Sep-11 22:51:00

I've just bought these from Boden:

I got the black/white spot which are fab!

Dancergirl Fri 23-Sep-11 22:51:14

VivaLeBeaver Fri 23-Sep-11 22:57:06

Some of the gola ankle boots are nice.

biological Sat 24-Sep-11 07:59:41

I'm mulling over these?

peedieworky Sun 25-Sep-11 08:24:59

Oh! I didn't realise I needed so many different pairs blush! I'll have a pair of each purleese!

<skulks off to purchase lottery ticket..>

My boyfriend jeans only look okay when rolled up. I wore them with flipflops or wedge sandals in the summer and the only way I will contemplate wearing them in Autumn is if I can ever manage to find some nice grey heeled ankle boots. I think Converse and full length straight jeans make people look like they have clown feet.

exercisejunkie Sun 25-Sep-11 19:33:59

what about either of these


TOWISalford Mon 26-Sep-11 13:21:30

La Redoute have some lurrrvly chic boots right now, ankle and knee, they're beautiful. I just wouldn't feel right in any sort of sporty type shoe and must be the only person on MN to despise Boden. I prefer ballet pumps if weather ok, boots over skinnies if raining or super cold.

peedieworky Wed 28-Sep-11 21:32:30

La Redoute? Am on it..

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