11 pairs of stunning designer trainers

I’m loving trainers this season – and that’s a huge statement – as I’m usually never out of high heels.

But teamed with cute florals and denim, trainers can give a cool, edgy look – plus you’ll be able to walk like a boss – without fearing for your life every time you see a cobble.

On a mission to find the best of the bunch, I went to Selfridges and asked the style advisors which pairs were proving to be this season’s most popular.

I went from high-end designers including Christian Louboutin and Prada, to more affordable collections from Kurt Geiger and Nike, in search of a pair to suit everyone’s budget.

Obviously, some aren’t cheap, so if you see your dream pair, you may have to break the bank to bag them.

They are also pretty outrageous – but I love that. Why not make a statement? The louder the better, right?

Christian Louboutin

These show stoppers will make you stand out from the crowd, however, Louboutins are expensive and these glittery numbers come in at £725.

Personally, I LOVE them, but I’m like a magpie – anything sparkly catches my eye.

I’d team them with a denim shirt dress or a relaxed oversized t-shirt and a pair of skinny jeans. I’d avoid any form of print because I think that would be way too overpowering.

I’d also avoid wearing pink – as you don’t want to look like Barbie – especially if like me, you’re blonde.

Gucci

Gucci has pulled out all the stops with these embellished, pop colour sneakers.

I love the bold colours, and the embellishment certainly gives them a touch of luxury, which is what you’d expect when you’re paying £550.

The arrow heart design is my favourite and I think the clashing colours give the shoes a powerful punch.

They would look amazing with a pretty tea dress, teamed up with a cool leather backpack for an edgy, feminine look.

Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen isn’t one of my favourite designers, but I think I still hold a grudge against the infamous skull print scarf.

Regardless of my opinion, these trainers are pretty special. As you know, I love anything that sparkles – and these babies do a lot of sparkling.

Pink certainly seems to be the colour of summer, and worn with clashing pastels – like a soft blue – you could really make these pop.

They come in at £395.

Vans

For those of us who can’t drop £500 on a pair of sneaks, I wanted to include a selection from a few affordable collections.

On Saturday, I saw a girl wearing these Vans – and I knew I needed to find them. She wore them with high waisted denim shorts, a fitted white t-shirt, and had a black hoodie tied around her waist.

She rocked them with a pink, cross-body bag and a pair of Raybans. She looked effortless.

The slogan on the heel says ‘bad for you’ which gives them a kick of sass.

At £69.99 – we can all afford these ass-kicking skater shoes.

Nike

These lilac wedged heel, Nike Air trainers tick so many boxes.

One of the problems I often face with wearing trainers is that my legs can look a little short, and dare I say it, stumpy. We all know heels give you longer, slender pins – so to get the same effect wearing trainers is a real winner.

Adding a little fun to any outfit, these vintage Air Max cost just £104.

Minna Parikka

These Minna Parikka pumps have actual BUNNY EARS – and I want to hop about in them.

Fresh, modern, funky and well, let’s face it, FRICKIN’ adorable, I want to hop right into these babies.

I think they’d look amazing with a colourful, summer playsuit – and because the design is so simple and there’s no stand-out colour or print – you can pretty much wear them with anything.

They are on sale at Selfridges for £245.

Kurt Geiger

These KG’s are similar to the Nike Air’s above – but in my opinion, they are even better.

The satin finish gives them a luxurious look – and you could totally wear these with a more formal outfit and still look smart.

I was shocked to see they were only £70. Total bargain. Yes, please.

Prada

These have literally just arrived on the shelves – and apparently, people are going crazy over them.

I  like the clean lines and fresh colourway, and the pop-art inspired embellishment really adorns the side of the shoe.

They cost £515.

Kurt Geiger

Offering a new take on the classic Balenciaga – Kurt Geiger opts for a glittering, cheaper, alternative.

I think you either love or loathe the infamous sock shoe – and personally, I can’t stand them.

Although glitter is my thing – I don’t think it works on these – it looks a little tacky – and they are a total imitation.

If the sock shoe is for you – these Kurt Geiger’s are £300 cheaper than Balenciaga’s range, coming to your feet for £185.

Balenciaga

Now I’ve mentioned Balenciaga – I felt like it would be only fair to include a pair.

Although Balenciaga is my least favourite shoe designer – mainly because I just don’t get his vision – these are the most popular pair around.

Whilst in the store, I spent around five minutes looking at them, trying to collate an opinion.

I decided I do like the colours – navy and pink are a great combination – and I do like the vintage design.

However, unless I received these as a gift I couldn’t return (which is very unlikely) I just can’t see me stepping foot into these.

One thing I do admire about the outrageous designer, however, is Demna Gvasalia isn’t afraid to stand out – and neither are the people who buy his products.

These sneakers are so new – they aren’t even available to buy online yet – so if you want them you’ll have to head in store.

They could be yours for £615.

Sophia Webster

Most famous for her stunning Evangeline butterfly leather sandals, Sophia Webster has launched a range of more casual plimsoles.

Keeping in tune with the brands feminine harmony, these embellished pumps follow suit from her previous collections.

The backless pair is proving to be a hit – and the 1920’s embellishment gives the modern silhouette a vintage twist. They are available to buy for £346.

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What to wear to a summer gig

I went to see Taylor Swift last night in Manchester. It was at the Etihad Stadium, which if you aren’t familiar with, is mostly an outdoor venue.

I had NO idea what to wear.

 

My friend and I planned to go to some bars after the gig, so I needed something that could fit the bill for two occasions.

If we weren’t going out, it would have been way easier – and jeans and a cool, slonan tee would have been my go-to choice.

It was also 22 degrees which meant it would be wrong not to reach for a dress – but then what shoes? Heels do not go down well in a stadium of over 50,000 passionate teenage girls.

Here’s what I opted for.

This cute, frill playsuit was an absolute steal at £36 from River Island. It’s girly, bright, and not too OTT for a gig, but also still fine to wear to a bar.

When it came to shoes, I thought about sandals – then I thought ‘nope’. I do not want black toes for the rest of the summer.

I threw a pair of white pumps in the washer and hoped they’d come out gleaming. Thankfully, they did.

These cost me just £20 from New Look.

I know people get hung up on wearing designer trainers, but I think when you’re trying to rock them with a feminine outfit – a nike tick just isn’t appropriate. And lets face it, I can’t afford a pair of LV’s.

I wore some anklets I bought from Primark for £3 to finish the look off. I think these added a touch of boho which I really liked.

When it came to my hair I wanted to keep it simple, nothing too fussy and nothing that was hard to maintain throughout the night.

I recently bought a GHD wave stick which is AMAZING. It cost £120 from Selfridges but it gives a really soft, natural look – a bit like beach waves.

It takes no time at all, as you can use really large sections of your hair, and I didn’t even have to section it.

I’m pretty set in my ways when it comes to makeup. I’ve used the same products for over three years.

On my skin, I used MAC strobe cream as a primer, which gives a soft, dewy glow. I really recommend it if you have dull or dry skin.

Then I used Clinique Beyond Perfect foundation. This is quite thick so you don’t really need to use a lot.

Under my eyes I use MAC Pro Longwear concealer. I always give this a few minutes to set in my skin before blending – and it literally makes my dark circles vanish.

On my lips, I always use the same lipstick – and surprisingly it’s a Rimmel product. I must admit I’m a bit of a snob when it comes to using high street cosmetics, but this shade is perfect for me and no other lipstick looks as good.

It’s called ‘Heather Shimmer’ and is literally about a fiver.

I have quite big eyes, so I like to accentuate them with winged eyeliner. It’s taken me years to master this – but I think I’m finally about there. I finish off with a layer of mascara, which is from Benefit.

I love accessories but I’m always conscious of going overboard, especially when wearing prints.

I wore my favourite personalised necklace. It’s from a brand called Sipsmiths I found in Selfridges.

You choose what words/letters you want to be engraved on the gold bar and pick from a collection of hearts, stars, and shapes to add on.

The necklace cost me around £90, but it can be cheaper if you choose a smaller bar.

We had the best night! Check out my insta for some Tay Tay footage @ thelunarbabe

My pumps didn’t quite survive though….