“ Brand: Asda / Type: Trainers „
I object to paying a lot of money for trainers when it's for the name and the name alone. I would rather pay for comfort or, maybe, style. At the same time, I like to have a few pairs on the go as when I'm in the UK I tend to go to the gym every day, and like to give them a chance to air. I bought these trainers last winter when I happened to be in Asda. I only went because Hulme Asda had added an upstairs since I'd last been in Manchester which was rather exciting, but then I spotted these for just £6 and thought for that price they could go in the trolley.
As well as for price, these trainers score high marks for design. The ones I have exactly match the picture above. They are not too fancy or distracting, but nor are they totally plain white. They have slight silver details on the sides, but obviously no branding (I will happily wear unbranded trainers, but draw the line at having ASDA stamped on the tongue). They are synthetic, not leather (obvious given the price, but also important for me no matter how much I'm paying).
The first day I wore these at the gym, everyone commented on how bright they were. They asked where they were from, and then expressed concern that they wouldn't be suitable for extended wear in a high impact class. As it happens, these were fine during those first few weeks. They never once rubbed, had enough spring to make them feel like new shoes, and were easy to pull on and off (since I have a habit of not undoing laces). The laces were long enough to double knot and tuck in at the sides, but a bit on the cheap side so got knotty quite easily. Even so, I initially thought they were a great buy, and it was only after a few months that I began to change my mind.
My first niggle was to do with wearing them in the gym: I like to go on the cross trainer for a long time, and I found that my feet would fall asleep more in these shoes than in other, more expensive makes. I think this is due to the lack of ankle support, and the lack of proper cushioning under the ball of the foot compared to other designs.
My second niggle was to do with wearing them for Cheerleading. We were preparing for a competition at the time, and I was flying in one of the stunt sections. After a few weeks of fretting over why we couldn't manage it, I realised it was down to the shoes. The soles of these are really bendy and offer no resistance, which means when I'm up in the air and have one person holding each foot, they can't help but end up bending my feet up at both ends which feels funny and is very destabilising. I'd not experienced this with other shoes but as soon as I switched back to my previous pair, we nailed it. I'd always poo-pooed the idea of stunting trainers before, but trying to go to extension in these really sold them to me.
Conversely, I found these to be great trainers to dance in, precisely because the sole is so flexible. If you point your toes, the whole shoe curves beautifully. They're also easy to leap in because they are so light (much lighter than the Reeboks I was alternating in at this point) though they can be slippy too because the sole has no real grip, just a sort of decorative pattern that looks like it should offer more friction than it does.
In the end, I decided these were more trainers for general wear than specific sports shoes. I still like them because they're neat and plain but not too plain, and are super comfy for walking about town in, but for sports (and I tried them in everything from Body Attack to gymnastics to Zumba to jogging) they come up a little short.
They still get some stars because they look nice and are just so cheap, but they've made me appreciate the benefits of spending more for a sturdier shoe for proper training.
These are by George at Asda. They are in the women's section (I alternate between there and the kids' due to my cross-over feet size) and come in adult sizes 4 to 8. You can buy them in store (colours can vary each season but the overall structure is the same) or online.
I wear trainers almost all the time as we live in Llandudno on the slopes of the Great Orme so they are an ideal choice of footwear for walking down into town and then walking round town emptying my lifeboat collecting boxes.
I refuse to pay for branded trainers - apart from the Reebok pair that I got for £15 - as the price tag is usually unreasonably high for what you get. I know you have to pay extra for the name and for being able to look 'cool' or whatever the current word is but I am old enough to be able to be myself rather than following the crowd! I certainly would not pay £50 or more for a pair of trainers!
The ones that I have been buying in recent years have been the Asda own brand ones which cost £6 for a pair. They are available in sizes four to eight and can be purchased in store or online.
These look smart as they are white lace ups with a contrast flash on the side and a padded ankle. The uppers and soles are all manmade material and there is an inner lining for comfort. The sole has a decent although not particularly deep tread. The laces are white and plenty long enough to be able to tie them properly.
I have found that when I buy a pair of these I am able to wear them immediately with no rubbing or pinching at all. They just feel so comfortable they could have been made to measure! They are easy to clean too - all they need is a wipe over and they look as good as new again.
As I said earlier I tend to wear trainers most of the time and so I wear these for about a year until they start to look really shabby then they get consigned to being worn for gardening and I buy a new pair for wearing when I go out.
Well that's about it really - there is no more to be said except that if you want a pair of smart, cheap, comfortable trainers head to Asda!