Has Marc Jacobs taken the trainers trend too far?

Sportwear – or “sportswear luxe”, as the fashion press have been terming it – has been big this season: and it’ll continue to be big long into NEXT season, too. Even those who normally wear heels for the thing most people wear sneakers for, have taken to wearing sneakers for the things most people wear heels for… er, if that makes sense?

For many of you, of course, this has been a really welcome development in fashion. At a time when dress codes have all but died out (Once again, we cite the continuing trend for pyjamas/onesies in public and the large number of Google searches this site receives for the term “Is it OK to wear jeans to a wedding?” as evidence of this…), and you’re considered “overdressed” if you wear heels or a skirt of ANY description, we’re slowly having to accept that people just don’t like to get dressed up for anything but the very fanciest of occasions. “But they’re SO COMFY! is the clarion call of our generation, most often spoken in defense of Uggs, leggings, and the various other items of clothing which are generally considered to be “ugly”, but which people wear anyway.

It was only a matter of time before casual dressing became a trend in its own right, and once that happened, it was only matter of time before someone decided to take it too far. That person is Marc Jacobs, designing for his Marc by Marc Jacobs line:

marc jacobs sneakers

[Buy them here for $566]

We’ll just say here that we don’t hate sneakers: regular sneakers, we mean. In fact, we’ve actually been quite enjoying their current status as “fashion” items (as opposed to being just what everyone wears anyway…), and we really think some people have been making them look almost as covetable as the heels we normally prefer. But these look like expensive clown shoes, no? The colours, the patterns, the crazy soles… we can’t really imagine seeing these on someone and thinking, “Damn, those shoes are stylish: must get some!”, but that could just be us. Probably is, actually.

What say you, readers: you do love or hate these sneakers? Would you wear them?




  • August 27, 2014


    I really dislike this trend. If you are wearing jeans, etc. they look fine. However, the designers are showing them with little slip dresses for evening and beautifully tailored suits and dresses. For me, they strike a jarring note. Or is that the point? So you look beautiful and chic from the top down and then–WTH? Or is this message?–“Oh, hee-hee, silly me–I forgot to take my shoes off when I left the gym” proving what a fitness buff you are? Please arrest the pair above to keep them from public view.

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  • August 29, 2014


    Did anyone else look at these and think… Ice Skates. That is all I see when I look at them. My 16 year old wears sneakers with her dresses and looks really cute, but I don’t think it is a tread most of us can pull off.

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  • August 29, 2014


    Has anyone else noticed neon t-shirts and trainers showing up on the streets? Are the 90s back and someone forgot to tell me?

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  • September 1, 2014


    They look like novelty items to me – I would expect them to perform some trick, like catapult you over the wall. They are more like toys than like real shoes.

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  • September 7, 2014


    Errr… I could do a somersault in these, maybe jump 50 feet. They look like toys!

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  • September 24, 2014


    no no no they look like they came out of a comment as well as the fact they look uncomfortable and go with only one outfit or something from the 90s because i would only wear that on Halloween

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