I'm not a sneaker freak by any stretch of imagination. Save for my mild obsession with unusual Converse in my late teens which I grew out of because I then discovered that shoes elevated above the ground come in a mind bogglingly huge variety and from that point onwards, it was a slippery slide down to no man's land between me and the trainer (sneakers for US-ers.... though I'm prone to use both words...). Neither is my other half a sneaker freak on the sort of level who would queue up outside Stussy stores to get their mitts on so and so limited what nots.
Ergo, I'm not 'down' with the ins and outs of trainer/sneaker land. However, Style Salvage pointed out the beauts that are the Lanvin satin high top trainers from the AW07 menswear collection and having seen them in person (not so much glancing at them as panting after them with my boyf outside the Lanvin store in Paris in a highly primitive fashion...), I must make an official demand to have these made in girl's sizes. In the context of the menswear collection, they are stylistic pivot points - as in the collision between smart and lux clash at one concentrated point. However, the use of satin/silk in jewel bright blue and purple.... how could they not appeal to me?
Apparently, I'm not the only one who feels the same, as femmes in Paris have been buying up the smallest sizes to get some Lanvin hi-top action going (this is where womens size 8 feet might come in hand.... darn my ickle feet....!). Skinny jeans, leggings would be have natural affinity with these trainers, however, I'm inclined to go down the 'classic clash' route of pairing them with matching coloured prom dresses. It's a slicker version of the prom dress/trainer combo that is now a not-so-indie style trick.
400 and something euros is excessive though in trainer/sneaker language and Gnarlitude's newly acquired purple silk Vans Sk8-His does a pretty good job of hitting that luxurious trainer mark. Alas, they are only available from Proper in Long Beach and since Lanvin aren't going to pumping their trainers in a size 38, I'll just have to shelve my temporary fascination with the juxtaposition of smart satin and casual high-tops.