Topman’s TKO.

July 20, 2010
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
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.
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^ 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?
Images from and Topman
  • KC July 20, 2010 at 7:23 am

    I, for one, will never consider buying a pair of those because i know it won't do anything good to how i look. also, i am no boxer. but then again we can wear combat boots even if we're not soldiers. maybe there are those who will appreciate those boxing boots but i think they will not be a lot.

  • Stephen July 20, 2010 at 10:41 am

    I'm definitely no proponent of seasonal runway fashion (pro personal style, personally) but JPG or not, those boots are fantastic. I've always been a fine of stylised boxing boots and could never find a pair. I really want these but will probably have to approach with caution. I think boots in any shape or form make my legs lose about 5 inches. The stump effect, if you will.I'll obsess over them anyway.-Ste

  • niamh July 22, 2010 at 1:22 am

    im not a woman of many words so all ill say is that i think boxing boots are horrific and these seem to cement my opinion

  • jen July 23, 2010 at 2:17 pm

    i think they will sweep the trend-nation at a shockingly fast pace, and they do look quite cool, but i think they will reach saturation at a shockingly fast pace and they will be dead and buried in the water before people realised what happened…

  • ivan July 24, 2010 at 3:17 am

    I would love to try these but i don't think i could pull it off.

  • Corve DaCosta July 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    those shoes are killers

  • Mat July 26, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    i really dislike boxing boots in any form. too tight looking for me. plus i don't like boxing 🙂