IT'S not often that I find myself with much call to peruse the fashion pages, but my antenna pricked up when I heard someone talking about the trainers that designer Donna Karan showcased in New York Fashion Week.
Now, I love trainers. I would even go as far to say – as has been documented previously in this column – that I have something of a habit. I covet them in a way most woman yearn after swish Mulberry handbags or Christian Louboutin shoes.
At the last count I owned, give or take, a figure pushing 25 pairs (the exact number isn't known as I've taken to storing them in different locations so to play down their burgeoning quantity to my husband – and inadvertently mislaid a few).
So imagine my delight to discover that an actual fashion designer had embraced my favourite vice.
Could this mean that at long last, dare I say it, I could be trendy?
But then I saw them. My eyes actually watered as I took it all in: at first glance what looked an ordinary trainer but then underneath a towering six-inch stiletto. Sacrilege.
I couldn't tear my gaze away from the Frankenstein's monster-like creations in front of me. Usain Bolt wouldn't run 100m very fast in a pair of these.
A solitary word lingered in my mind: why? Flat shoes – not least trainers – are the last bastion we mere mortals have left from the organ-restricting, toe-pinching, eye-searing realms of fashion.
Take belts, sunglasses, hell, even take scarfs, but, please, leave us a world free of crippling bunions and spiralling chiropractic bills.
Although for the first time in my life I've actually found a pair of trainers I don't like. Which can only be good news for my bank balance.
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