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I bought a pair of DKNY trainers, but more casual shoes, called Dash Runner in pink. This was the first time I had bought anything from this company and was surprised that it was fashionable AND equally comfortable. They had a zip on the front, which I hadn?t seen before and a stitching of a flower lightly positioned on the side. (So quite girly, yet had an edge.) I wear them to work and in my position I am constantly on my feet, moving to and for up to 10 hours at a time. Surprisingly, they keep my feet well cushioned and insulated. They were reasonable at just under £100, and not common enough that they could still easily stand out in a crowd. Obviously, these shoes are not for heavy-duty exercise, but more as casual shoes for walking and general use. I have had them for over two months and have remained in a good condition. Other styles they have for example sandals and other ?trainers? look equally as chic and snug.
On a recent trip to Hong Kong I come across plenty of DKNY stores, originally looking for clothes. That is until one day in the manificient Times Square complex I come across the trainer range. I spotted a pair of Grey slip on trainers, great I thought and bought them without hesitation. The staff were great as well seeing as their sizes were American and I was stumped, eventually I found the right size. Being chinese helped as well as I could communicate with them. I also purchased a DKNY watch for under £100. The trainers are very comfortable, they cost around £70 and I haven't saw them in the UK yet. I wouldn't do anything athletic in them as I feel they are for show and I don't want to wear them out so soon! Can't wait to go to London and buy another pair!
I bought a pair of DKNY trainers a few months ago and found them really comfy and they looked great with most of my clothes, so when my husband booked a break in Rome, they were the first things to go in the suitcase. As we are all aware, Italians have STYLE and I decided that on my first day, I'd try to do the stylish but smugly comfortable thing -lovely jeans and nice looking trainers. Yup, it worked and we went sightseeing. The first couple of hours were great but then I felt my trainers rubbing my little toe. I thought that it was the new socks I was wearing as I had worn my trainers lots back home and had no problems. We sat down for coffee and I took a peek at what was going on. Blimey - there was a blister the whole length and width of the pad of my toe. As we were quite a way from our hotel, I had no choice but to put them back on and continue. By the time we got back to the hotel, I was in agony, I could hardly walk and the trainers were in a right state! The tread on the soles had all but gone and they looked about 10 years old. For the rest of the trip, I had to hobble about in my Saxone clogs,(A quarter of the price and a hundred times better), my toe covered in Compeed plasters. Now back home, I have to go and see the Nurse at my GP surgery as my blister popped and another one has grown underneath, and it has become infected. I feel like I've been ripped off, I didn't use these for working out, I had broken them in before hand with no problems, but a day walking around a City has caused my foot such a big problem. Maybe I should have just opted for comfortable and worn my 'workout' trainers.
DKNY is the diffusion line from American designer Donna Karan (who excels at minimalist, pared down chic leisurewear). DKNY stands for Donna Karan New York and is a lot cheaper than the main line. The clothes are mainly sporty and funky and are very hard wearing. The same can be said of the trainers. As well as in the emporium on New Bond Street you can also find Donna Karan trainers in some big department stores or in the shoe shop Russell and Bromley (for more info on the Russell and Bromley shop see my other op). For a designer brand the trainers are no more expensive than Nike or Adidas and you can expect to pick up a pair for around £60 to £130 although I once found a bargain pair in the sale for £35. The look ranges from ultra trendy (shiny silver and iridescent), casual (suede 'converse' type look) or sporty (with 'go faster' stripes). As I said earlier these shoes are very hard wearing and if you are just using them to go walking around in the they could last you up to a year and still look good. One thing that I must stress is that these trainers should not be used for exercising in. They are purely fashion trainers only. The reason I say this is that I made the mistake of using them to work out in and after about a month my calves got very stiff and sore as I was not getting the proper cushioning needed to protect your joints that a pair of specially designed cross trainers/ running trainers have built into them. So if you want to look cool on the street then a pair of DKNY trainers are perfect, however if you are in the gym, stick to something that comes recommended from your sports shop/ sports centre such as a pair of Nikes.
I am now on my second pair of DKNY trainers - and they are great! As they are not sold by that many shops, only Selfridges, Russell and Bromley and the DKNY store on Bond Street (the best selection)you don't tend to find that many other people wearing them. The designs are very funky and they stand out a mile compared to other trainers. They are also very comfortable and amazingly well priced at around £60/pair! This would normally only but you a pair of 'run of the mill' Nike's! Obviously, these trainers are not built as great shoes for athletes but for fashion victims!