Mum on the Run – but possibly not in these, even if they are Prada, Celine and Nike.

As we all know, the February issues of the magazines are the ones which reveal to us what the trends will be for the forthcoming season and what we “will” (or in this case “won’t”) be wearing.

Amongst all of the lovely trends – more of which I will share at a later date as yes, my list has been started – there’s a worrying trend for flat shoes. Not just any flat shoes but really ugly flat shoes. And boy if they look ugly on the models who are young and who actually have ankles, what hope is there for the rest of the us – the cankle sporting majority?

Now I love flat shoes and will happily wear brogues, loafers, converse, trainers and smoking slippers. I will also be the first to admit that there are some pieces which, after taking an initial dislike to, will grow on me over time. Smoking slippers and, dare I say it, wedge trainers are such examples. I know, I never thought that the day would come when I would take a look at a wedge trainer and quite like it but the new prune and black ones from Ash are quite appealing. Well, apart from the word “prune” in their description, which just conjures up images of school lunches. No brand should ever use the word “prune” to describe anything. It’s nearly as bad as “avocado” which just conjures up images of dodgy 1970’s  and 80’s bathrooms.

Speaking of dodgy pieces from the 1980’s, what do you make of these rubber sandals from Nike which have been used in one of the glossies this month?

I know for a fact that my Dad had a pair of these in the ’80’s. He bought them at the same time that he bought some rather brief Speedos, so that image is firmly imprinted on my mind – unfortunately. I didn’t like them then and I don’t like them now so I don’t think that’s likely to change. Good for stopping the spread of verrucas – I’ll grant you that but not much else – and I’m not quite sure that they work with an outfit from Paul Smith which cost over £1000.

Or there’s these little beauties from Prada. I definitely remember our son having some beach shoes in exactly the same shape as these when he was tiny. These Prada ones which are leather, will set you back £420. Perhaps? Perhaps not!

Or these from Celine. Furry Birkenstock style shoes. I’m afraid I’m having a little difficulty in getting my head around them, from a style perspective at least. On the plus side however they do look very comfortable and I am all in favour of that.


Really, this is all tongue in cheek and the world would be a boring place if we all liked the same things. However if I ever say on here that I am starting to come around to the idea of plastic Nike shoes, Prada style beach shoes or furry Birkenstocks, please take me to one side and have a quiet word.



  1. Wendy
    January 7, 2013 / 8:25 pm

    Oh my word!! It is a hilarious selection! 🙂

  2. Thea (Journey To Style)
    January 7, 2013 / 9:13 pm

    All horrific – especially the hideous Nike ones. Stick to your guns on your dislike of all these "trends" Beth… you're not alone!

  3. Eleanor Ferguson
    January 8, 2013 / 9:32 am

    Hi Beth – I agree they are all hideous. But then so are the brown sequin Fitflops which I've been wearing for the last three summers.

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