Why Chanel's Trainers Definitely Deserve Their Couture Label

Why Chanel's Trainers Definitely Deserve Their Couture Label

Each pair of trainers on the Chanel couture catwalk took over 30 hours to make...

Chanel's trainers have been the surprise hit at Haute Couture Fashion Week this season. And it wasn't just Karl Lagerfeld who opted for comfy footwear – Raf Simons was on the same tip, too, and put his model's feet in embellished slip ons for the Dior show.

But if you're thinking the footwear most-associated with going to the gym in has no place at a haute couture show, think again.

Fashionista.com reports that each pair of lace, python or tweed trainers took a staggering 30 hours to make, and will have a  price tag to match – you can expect to part with around £2,500 for a pair of Chanel sneakers. But despite the hefty price tag, they will no doubt be the object of many dedicated fashion fan's affections. They've certainly gone to the top of our wish list.

A model on the Chanel couture catwalk

But this is arguably more than a gimmick from Lagerfeld and Simons. By combining their couture gowns with trainers, their collections immediately have an air of accessibility that they haven't before. The ability to adapt in fashion, and a knack for reinvention, is key for survival. 

It looks like Lily Allen was on to something all those years ago. No wonder she's one of Karl Lagerfeld's most enduring muses.

We hope we're going to see a lot more fancy sneakers on the ready-to-wear catwalk...

By Olivia Marks

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