THE NEW SHOE BIBLE. Remember when Raf Simons revealed his £740 Dior trainers last year? Whether you thought they were gorgeous or just plain gaudy, you'll want to pick up Hannah Rochell's second book, En Brogue: The Trainers Guide, which takes a look at the story behind those designer kicks and a whole lot more.
It was in Paris last week, towards the end of a long month of fashion shows, that I bumped into Hannah Rochell, the fashion features editor at InStyle. Rochell, who is better known as the flats-obsessed blogger En Brogue, was looking positively bouncy, in contrast to practically everyone else that day. That was because she was wearing her embellished trainers. So was I, and I too - even though I say it myself - had a spring in my step. These are the ultimate in happy-making shoes. Your feet feel as if they are very much on. Such is the depth of feeling Rochell has for all things trainer, she has written a book on the subject, En Brogue: The Trainers Guide. It surveys an ever-growing field, from old-school Converse and Pumas to the new-fangled designer trainer world of Dior, Marni, Mary Katrantzou for adidas and more.
Flat-shoe expert Hannah Rochell of enbrogue.com charts the history of the trainer in this beautifully illustrated book.