Words: @oliverinstead • Photos: David • Location: Wai-O-Tapu, Rotorua, NZ
Choosing substance doesn’t have to mean comprising on style. I can’t stress enough how essential a good pair of trainers are for travelling, especially when you are to do weeks of walking. Ever since I began doing my annual trip back to the East, I’ve been gaining more and more of an appreciation, more and more of a love for comfy footwear. And never have I ever been a bigger fan of trainers.
Recently, I learned that a stylish pair of trainers are not only good for your feet and general well-being but they can also elevate your outfit to a new level of casual chic. With this lesson comes a few tips that I’ve picked up on choosing the right trainers for your future trips as well as your wardrobe.
1. Colour. Needless to say, it’s the first thing you see. Personally, I tend to favour minimalistic designs so I would always opt for a plainer pair over the crazies. I mean double rainbow may be a rare, wonderful sight but no one wants to see it worn on feet… 第一， 色系。不必我多说，颜色是你第一眼先看到的特征。我个人比较喜欢简单的设计，如果你的风格也是比较简约的话就该像我一样选择单色。简单的鞋不但只是摩登，也比较好搭造型。
2. (Vegans look away!) Leather. It just looks classier. This may sound like it’d break the bank but to my knowledge, leather trainers aren’t that much more expensive than your regular counterparts. You can pretty much get them for around the same price in the sale. So unless it’s against your code of ethics, always go leather, otherwise faux leather is just as easily accessible. 第二，（素食主义者请回避！）皮革。皮革一眼看起来就是比较优雅，较少普遍运动鞋的感觉。
3. Simplicity. The current market is flooded with colourful, ‘creative’ trainers and it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the options. If you’re a beginner at this, then I’d suggest bagging yourself the essential such as the black, navy or in this case, white, before tapping into the more exciting designs. Same applies to everything else in your wardrobe really: get the basics down, then build upon that. 第三，简单。目前市场上的球鞋设计都很浮夸，对经验较少的球鞋新手来说可算是一种难度。因为太多选择容易使人失去方向，不懂从哪下手。我的建议是打好你的球鞋颜色基础，先买素色：黑，海军蓝或者白色。当你有了这些经典的颜色后再打算购买比较抢眼或多色的设计。一样的，你的衣橱也应该是用这招数来打造，先基础，后疯狂。
So these are the things I look for in a pair of good, durable trainers. What about you? What are your criteria and definitions of a perfect pair of trainers? Comment below! 这些是我在买运动鞋时一定会留意的三项需求。你喜欢穿运动鞋吗？那你买鞋时的条件又是什么呢？记得留言给我知道哦！
Top, trousers & belt: Topman • Shoes: Nike • Cuff: Gifted