I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – does fashion really need to move so fast? With the relentlessly high turnover of collections it seems that once you’ve just about managed to achieve some semblance of a grasp over a particular season and various designers’ endeavours for said season, it’s on to the next, the new, the fresh, with the result that you’re entirely overwhelmed unless you’re a dedicated stylist, journalist or some other kind of fashion professional who spends a good deal of their time trawling through slideshows on Style.com.
Or, then again, maybe I’m making excuses. Either way, I couldn’t relate the Topman boxing style boots I happened upon this morning to the runway in any shape or form. Of course, I instantly recognise this as a consequence of my own ignorance rather than their randomness considering Topman’s success derives almost solely from its translation of runway trends to high-street-appropriate price-points.
^ Presuming (be warned that this is conjecture) JPG’s collaborated with Nike on these.
^ Topman Boxing Style Boots
A few minutes research later and I find that Jean Paul Gaultier advocated the same theme in his AW10 knock-out (!) collection in which he sent bloodied but beautiful would-be boxers down his Paris catwalk in cashmere, velvet, leather, and thick knits. Oh, and boxing boots, of course. Aha. So this is where Topman has gleaned its inspiration from.
Still, despite its having-been-shown-on-the-runway legitimacy (I know that’s not the case for those more taken with the idea of personal style rather than the slavish following of trends but…) I’d certainly be having doubts regarding this style for everyday-wear. Yeah, you can chuck on a pair for a night out with tongue firmly in cheek and you’ll garner plenty of lulz but these aren’t, I reckon, built to last. Thoughts?