They're an accessory that almost any girl from the age of fourteen ditched in favour of girly pumps or glamorous heels, but in a major fashion turn around (and possibly thanks to the hot urban celebs who are taking over the style stakes) the trainer has seemingly reappeared in our very own shoe collections.
But these aren't just any trainers: these are known as 'hightops'; the urban-street chic way to grunge down any outfit. Made popular recently by the sensational Rita Ora whose hits such as RIP and How We Do have had us tapping our sneaker-envied feet, the high-top is the only footwear to be seen in this season. And thanks to River Island, there is bound to be a pair that can be tailored to your fashion needs. So why not make like Rita Ora and ditch the heels for something a little comfier this season?
The High Top Hottie
Not afraid to channel the sport-chic look, you're already on top of this emerging trend. You're ditching your high heels for high tops already, being the envy of your friends on a night out whilst they hobble home and you dance until dawn. You're teaming them from day to night, whether its with a casual jumpsuit or with a fitted party dress. Why not try River Island's White and Silver High Tops, £40? They're practical for day time leisure yet have an added element of glam with the silver outline for the evening.
The Converse Coward
Does the thought of wearing trainers haunt you right back to your childhood days? Are you sat there wondering how something so boyish can be made feminine again? Well take a look at Rita Ora who rocked the red carpet for the launch of the Xfactor a few weeks ago wearing both a designer dress
and her faithful high tops! She even dared to tone down her Donna Karen number with golden trainers at the We Save the Music event. Grab something similar from River Island now such as the Beige Velcro Wedge High Tops, £50.
The Sneaker Speculator
Looking to Rita Ora for inspiration, you're now totally ready to experiment with this footwear trend. You'll more than likely be using them as a comfy alternate on your commute to and from work as you rush for the train or walk to the office. Ms Ora teams hers perfectly with a fitted pencil skirt and then a tailored suit as she attends important business meetings. Still managing to look chic, her look can be easily influencing yours thanks to these Black Wedge High Tops £45 from River Island.
So are you a high top convert yet? With many styles from just £40, River Island is the place to get your Ora-influenced look. Comfort, style and practicality; what more could a girl need from her footwear?
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