On & Around the Street

TOM FORD’S NEW TRAINERS

The appetite for designer trainers shows no sign of abating. For women, never was this clearer than when Karl Lagerfeld showed his couture collection in January with his models stepping out in some of the prettiest kicks imaginable. Same scenario at Celine where, last season, Phoebe Philo, made slip-on skateboard trainers a “thing”.

Tom Ford, who swore he’d never produce trainers, showed two different styles during his salon presentation during London Collections: Men back in January, which pretty much settles the matter: trainers are acceptable, if not advocated, by the upper echelons of the style set.

The Tom Ford trainers have just landed at the Sloane Street store and are available as a high-top and a low-top, with seven different colours in leather and five in velvet. The leather version draws inspiration from Tom Ford’s formal shoes and is hand polished in a process that takes three days in order to achieve a deep patina that is particularly noticeable on the toe.

The velvet version is soft, smooth and has an added depth of colour when it catches the light. Both versions are complimented by a white rubber sole and finished with the same attention to detail and amount of handwork as all of Mr. Ford’s products are.

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