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Trainers - alternative to Converse

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Merguez Sat 03-Oct-15 14:45:14

Can the style-conscious Mumsnetters please advise me on a good alternative to Converse, which I have been wearing for years and am really tired of.

I think I want something a bit more robust, although this would be for everyday wear with jeans and not going to the gym.


Narp Sat 03-Oct-15 15:57:35

People round here (East London) seem to be wearing New Balance. They are ethically-produced, I believe.

wankerchief Sat 03-Oct-15 15:58:28

Addias gazelles are nice and don't look gymish

mintbiscuit Sat 03-Oct-15 16:03:45

I like my onitsuka tigers (though not sure how style-conscious I am!) smile

TheWatchersCouncil Sat 03-Oct-15 16:16:51

I switched to Adidas Stan Smith. Much more comfortable. Gazelles look good too.

Greengardenpixie Sat 03-Oct-15 16:20:21

My favourite are paladium oxford pampa. Love love love them. I have two pairs. One in a teal green and another in salmon pink. So versatile. Like converse though, no use in the rain i would imagine.

Merguez Sat 03-Oct-15 16:33:12

Thanks some good suggestions here.

DS (13) has some Adidas Gazelles, so I think it would be slightly weird if I got the same.

I have noticed people wearing New Balance too, and like the idea that they may be ethically produced.

Hopefully Sat 03-Oct-15 16:49:00

New Balance a very wearable, nice easy option. I like the Onitsuka tigers for something a bit more interesting (this is hypothetical, I don't actually own a pair!). Stan smiths are like converse low tops but slightly chunkier, so could work well?

SeaRabbit Sat 03-Oct-15 16:49:28

Do New Balance have a slight heel? I've just acquired my first all stars (always late to the party) & find them quite uncomfortable because they are so flat.

I got them to replace some Ash buckled trainers that had just a slight lift. (Ash twice the price of Converse now, but sort of regret not buying them because they were comfortable)

scribblegirl Sat 03-Oct-15 16:51:29

I came on to say New Balance too.

MaisieDotes Sat 03-Oct-15 16:53:53

I like my Supergas, although I'm aware they're a bit naff. DD is 14 so not a hope of getting away with anything really cool.

mrslebon Sat 03-Oct-15 16:54:50

I recently bought these and haven't taken them off yet.

Merguez Sat 03-Oct-15 16:54:59

Which New Balance would people go for?

Hopefully Sat 03-Oct-15 16:57:01

I have 574s in grey like these and I love them, but I think a lot of people find them too chunky. The 410 and 420s seem to get more love from the fashiony people.

yazzy85 Sat 03-Oct-15 18:46:31

Puma suede are popular, nike air max, and new balance like everyone else has suggested.

GrimDamnFanjo Sun 04-Oct-15 14:28:37

I have some snazzy Rocket Dogs in leopard print canvas. Super comfy.

Knackeredknitter67 Sun 04-Oct-15 14:57:04

I have some puma suede, very comfy. Feel a bit confused about what to wear them with, having worn white trainers for so long

WhyDoesGastonBark Sun 04-Oct-15 15:02:22

Usually somebody comes along and recommends sketchers by now... What has happened to MN!?! shock

Cocolepew Sun 04-Oct-15 15:05:14

I have leather Converse hi tops and they are much more comfy than ordinary Converse.

WhyDoesGastonBark Sun 04-Oct-15 15:47:15

I only wear leather converse now and would agree with the above comment

MsRinky Sun 04-Oct-15 16:01:29

I have Eley Kishimoto Vans, they are great and much admired.

Knackeredknitter67 Sun 04-Oct-15 16:20:34

My 12 year old ds has just walked off wearing my puma suede. Ah well...

mayum1 Sun 04-Oct-15 22:20:29

I love Nike Air Max 90. Hug for feet.

Fluffyears Mon 05-Oct-15 01:13:22

I really want some gazelles....Christmas wish!

BritabroadinAsia Mon 05-Oct-15 02:57:22

Cocolepewand WhyDoes, are the leather converse as flat as the canvas ones, or do they have a bit more arch support? Am wondering what makes them more comfortable?

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