When I first started writing for Shoewawa, trainers were a bit of an afterthought in fashion terms. There were always people who loved their sporty shoes of course, but no fashionista really wore them unless she was planning on a workout or going to the gym.

Fast forward a couple of years and things could not be more different: every second visitor to London Fashion Week seemed to be wearing casual shoes, and some of the most interesting footwear on display was a trainer of some sort. Thanks in part to innovative designers like Isabel Marant and crazy re-interpretations by Henry Holland, Jeffrey Campbell et. al., trainers are big news again. But they've got a hidden secret.

Wedge trainers are the breakthrough style, making us all take another look a shoe that last had its heyday in the 80s. Now a wardrobe staple, they take the casual look to another level with a bit of hidden height, and from a practical point-of-view, what could be better? These shoes look great - lengthening the leg just like a high heel - but are comfy to wear too. Even the biggest high heel addicts are slowly being converted.


If you've yet to try the trend, Nike's Dunk Shu Hi wedge hi-tops from JD Sports are a great place to start. Combining the latest sportswear innovations with timeless retro style, these trainers are based on an original 1985 design (the Nike Dunk shoe) but they've been updated with a graduated insole (aka a wedge) and a green print that brings them bang up to date. Grab them in green or white for £85.

Post in association with JD Sports