Mum on the Run – I’ve found them, oh yes I’ve found them! The perfect (Nike) trainers!

On 13th January I wrote about my latest style inspiration, that being our 5 year old daughter’s Clarks trainers.  Sad, I know but I just love them – and not particularly for any sentimental reasons (how bad it that?) but just because I like the style.



Being in possession of several pairs of converse, and with any new pair being eyed eagerly by our 14 year old to the extent that they have to be closely guarded, I decided that it was time to branch out into some non-running trainers. I try and walk to school as often as possible and given that it often involves running alongside a scooter, or running along side a five year old (I wonder if I have gone overboard on emphasising how good exercise is for her!) it’s good to have shoes that I am not going to be tottering in, especially as we are often passing stationary traffic, where the potential for ridicule is great.  


So, since that post I have been on the hunt for the perfect pair of trainers and these were the criteria:

They could not be white – that would make them too much like running trainers, of which I already have a pair;

I didn’t want them to be flat (which ruled out Adidas Gazelles and Puma classics) but instead I wanted a slight “incline”;

They needed to be a bit nerdy/1980’s retro. Why, I do not know, but there we go;

They had to cost as little as possible.


So far I have trawled Office, Schuh, JJB, the new Sketchers store, Asics, Adidas online, Topshop, Asos, Gola, New Look, River Island, Nike for Liberty – and they are the ones I can remember – but to no avail.


And then this morning it hit me! Sports Direct! Now we are lucky (or unlucky) enough, depending on how you look at it, to have one close to hand. I both hate, and love, that store with a passion. It’s great for the children – reasonably priced swimming goggles, shin pads, football boots and so on but the experience is pretty dire and you have to be in the right frame of mind to enter the building – which often I am not, not least because it is located right next to the Ann Summers store and I am frequently fielding difficult questions as we go over the threshold.


However, online it is a completely different experience and that’s where I found these gems. They are exactly what I am after and being priced from £28 to £38, depending on whether they are the leather version or not, they are heavily discounted too.  They are the Nike Oceana in a myriad of colours from black through to grey, purple, pink, blue and the palest mint green.



They have the incline that I was after, are just on the right side of retro and come in enough colours to satisfy even the most discerning of customers. I quite like the ones in the top left – fuschia and lime. Great with jeans, ankle length trousers, shorts and even the odd sun-dress. I just need to order myself a pair now. Well, either that or brave the store, minus the children so as to avoid more embarrassing Ann Summers type questions.


  1. Jenny Fraser-Nash
    February 24, 2013 / 7:57 pm

    I absolutely love these. I have narrow,skinny feet and need either lace ups or a strap to keep shoes on my feet, so these are perfect for casual.

    • StyleGuile
      February 24, 2013 / 8:01 pm

      Hi Jenny – lovely to hear from you and I am so pleased that you like them. With lots of lovely colours I think that it will be quite hard to make a decision. It's great that they come in half sizes too. Really hope that they work for you.x

  2. Life, Loves......
    February 24, 2013 / 8:08 pm


    • StyleGuile
      February 24, 2013 / 8:18 pm

      Ah thanks! They tick all of my boxes – for now at least! Hope that all is good with you.

  3. Anonymous
    February 24, 2013 / 9:41 pm

    Liking the mint green and also the neon ones in the middle! Hayley x

    • StyleGuile
      February 25, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      So many choices aren't there? Mine are now on order – fuschia/neon combo. We will wait and see how they turn out….

  4. vicki
    February 25, 2013 / 5:22 pm

    Fab trainers. Wonder if sports direct and ann summets share estate agents as ours is located next door but one to an ann summers too.Now to try and not buy trainers from the selection above.

    • StyleGuile
      February 25, 2013 / 9:17 pm

      Hmmm, now there's a fashion question I haven't pondered before. Perhaps we need to do a little nationwide survey! Do you really want to not buy or do you secretely want encouragement TO buy? I say buy, they are a good price and can always be returned if not perfect.

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  6. Anonymous
    February 26, 2013 / 7:23 pm

    Mine arrived. I ordered the magenta and the navy. The pink is just TOO MUCH. They're like comedy shoes. I had seen some in January I had liked I missed out on in the sale. These will do fine. Plus the blue better with jeans.

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