Liberty print trainers are always a winner. I have had a pair of skate shoes from Y.M.C. for a few years now, and they never fail to pep up any outfit, as well as garnering me plenty of compliments. So I know you’ll be excited to hear about not one, not two, but THREE Liberty print collaborations coming your way this summer.
The first is from Nike, whose Liberty trainers I have been swooning over for years now, and I’ve finally managed to get my hands on a pair of my own.
The print that Nike has chosen this season is a bit of a departure from the twee floral prints we’re used to and I have to say, I wasn’t sure about them at first, particularly on the Rifts I am wearing here as they’re a bit of a Marmite shoe in the first place. But once they were on my feet I was absolutely smitten. If you’ve never worn Rifts before, they are ridiculously comfortable, and there’s something about that cloven hoof toe that makes you feel really nimble! Maybe it’s better for balance…
And that print – which is from a silk scarf from 1972 and called Merlin – has really grown on me too. Although it’s actually from a two decades earlier, it reminds me of the prints that were around in the early Nineties (I had a shirt in a very similar design), which means they look brilliant with dungarees! Bonus. You can see the full collection here.
If those more traditional Liberty prints are more your thing then the Superga collaboration is the one for you. These florals lend themselves really well to the simple tennis shoe design of Superga sneakers, and I reckon if you bought a pair, they’d be a staple in your wardrobe for years (if they get a bit grubby, just bung them in the washing machine). Just pair with my old favourites – boyfriend jeans and a Breton top.
Finally, something a bit more tropical from Vans. I love how these work so well with the Vans history – I can just imagine wearing these with Bermuda shorts and a surfboard tucked under my arm (not such a weird thing to imagine when I was 16 and did actually surf in the freezing waters surrounding the Isle of Wight!).
And if none of these take your fancy, just try popping ‘Liberty print trainers’ into Google, as loads of past season styles are still available to buy in various places, too. I’d love to know which ones are your favourites – leave comments below!