This week I had the pleasure of meeting Rose Rankin, the namesake and founder of a brand new sneakers label. Obviously with the release of my second book – The Trainers Guide – on the horizon, I have trainers on the brain, so it was brilliant to meet someone as equally as passionate on the subject as me.
The Rose Rankin label was born when Rose – who has previously worked in film, marketing and sales before retraining in footwear design at Central Saint Martins – saw a gap in the market for luxurious trainers that senior members of staff could wear and still feel smart and professional in. Sure, you might be lucky enough to have a job in a business that has a really relaxed dress code, but when you reach a certain level, you might want to up your game a bit in the comfy shoes department. So Rose’s trainers, while being as comfy as your favourite pair of Converse, have a sturdier structure (they’re made of leather) and a look that would work really well with, say a pair of tailored trousers.
Of course, these aren’t trainers that are exclusively meant for the workplace; I wore mine yesterday with some casual slacks from Levi’s and a sporty sweater. But I have to say, they do make me feel really grown-up (and I mean that totally in a good way, particularly considering that I often accidentally dress as a child). Plus their slimline design is incredibly flattering on both the foot and ankle – they’re very feminine while still having that all-important cool factor that trainers lend to an outfit.
I also love the fabrics that these trainers are available in. Mine are white leather with black and white spotty pony skin panels (white trainers are MASSIVE news for SS16, read more about that here) but the black version is perhaps more versatile as you’d be able to wear them with tights. The metallic and animal print mix are surprisingly un-garish, all things considered – I’m not usually a fan of metallic trainers but these are lovely. And I really like the cut of the mid-top boots – Rose told me she deliberately designed them to finish at the slimmest part of the ankle (a bit lower than a standard high-top) to create the most flattering line on the leg. Plus even though they’re sturdier than your average trainer, so although I expected them to need a bit of wearing in, they were really comfortable on my first wear – information I am always really keen to pass on to you guys!
I think you lot will love these sneakers – leave comments below to let me know what you think. And if you want to know more about how to wear trainers, check out the video I made for InStyle here.