How to pimp your white trainers, and the rest of this week’s Shoes News

Is there anything Pharrell Williams can’t do? (Apparently not)

He’s a talented chap, that Pharrell Williams. As well as being a top musician, producer and all-round hottie, his collaborations with adidas have been hugely popular. And yesterday saw the release of the latest one, with four new shades of his signature Tennis Hu silhouette. They’ve called them the hues of humanity, which might sound a *little* pretentious, but the colour combinations are AMAZING, so all is forgiven. I am particularly fond of the beige and turquoise with pink speckled sole.

Pharrell Williams Tennis Hu Primeknit, £94.95 (

I was a bit worried that these would start at a size 7, such is the story of my life, but to my delight they go right down to a 3.5. I don’t know why I expected any less from the man whose live show always features dozens of bad ass female performers dressed head-to-toe in sassy adidas. If these bright colours aren’t for you, there are also two white options, one with a green Stan Smith style heel and another with an En Brogue-friendly yellow sole.

How to pep up some old shoes: buy some kilties

En Brogue wearing Lacoste and Uptown Yardie kilties

Reversible kilties, from £25 (; Lacoste L.12.12. sneakers, £70 (

I have been looking for somewhere to buy kilties – that’s the leather fringes that sometimes come attached to shoes, originally designed to keep laces dry from dewy grass on golf shoes – for literally years. Once I did find someone who made them in New York, and bought a pair from her Etsy shop, but they got lost in the post. Gutted. So I was thrilled to hear about a new shoe brand, Uptown Yardie, that sells them.

From top: ‘Kaya’ kilties, £35; ‘Marcus’ kilties, £55; both

There are loads of colour options and some are reversible, so you basically get two sets for the price of one. They also have a number of different holes you can use to lace them to your shoe, meaning they work for small feet as well as bigger ones, and if they don’t have the colour you want you can commission something bespoke for an extra fee. They obviously look brilliant on brogues and saddle shoes as they were traditionally intended to be worn with, but the reason I’ve been so keen to get some is because I had a hunch they might look awesome on a pair of white leather sneakers. Turns out I was right, right?!

A new twist on some old Vans


Barely a week goes by when Vans don’t release a new collaboration, and today it’s the turn of ALYX to team up with the iconic skate brand. The collection includes three colours of the OG Style 29 LX, which hasn’t been released for over two decades. And of course, it’s available in a totally millennial shade of pink, as well as black and white. At the time of writing I was still waiting for prices from Vans, but they will be stocked at Dover Street Market, Goodhood and Foot Patrol.

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