Buying the latest 'it' trainer can be an expensive and exhausting habit.
Getting up early to queue where the latest trainer collab has dropped, or haggling on , makes being seen with the latest footwear is no easy feet (couldn't resist).
For the truly sneaker-savvy among you though, 2017's most fascinating trend is all about deconstruction. It is an exploration of both the fabrics and textures that usually provide the trainer aesthetic, whilst also weaving in more obviously their methods of construction.
The result, is footwear worthy of Matisse.
RCA graduate, Helen Kirkum, has explained it a little better, investing her latest energies into the deconstruction trend.
Her website explains,
Helen explores unexpected constructions within footwear, investigating the extremities of structure and texture. Her work is a spontaneous reaction to society, conceptualising our connections with commerce and materiality through textures, graphics and silhouette.
By using odd trainers from recycling centres, Kirkum completely reimagined the trainer through collage, eventually creating the eco-friendly and fashion-forward trainer she is now known for.
Helen showed her shoes at Men's fashion week last year, at Casely Hayford's show.
The mix-and-match and accidental aspect of the trainers means each one is unique and made bespoke.
So if you don't want to commission one, is it perhaps time to get the scissors and gaffa tape out?