Crep Check: Adidas, Nike, Clarks

Shoes are definitely one of my favourite items of clothing (if you can call them that) because there’s just so many different styles to choose from – sneakers, boots, heels, sliders – and they can really define an outfit. For me, sneakers make up 95% of my shoe collection, from NMDs to CDG Converses. Every so often, I go through a phase where I’ll buy a couple of pairs of shoes at a time and then nothing for a while after. That phase came a few weeks ago when I decided to buy three pairs of shoes that are all quite different from each other… because why not?

The first pair I bought was the Adidas EQT Support ADV in a Youth UK 4. This is my first time buying a Youth pair of shoes and I’m not even ashamed to say that it fits perfectly! Almost all of my shoes are Adidas so it’s not a surprise that this list includes a pair of Adidas shoes. Despite this, I hadn’t owned a pair of EQTs until now but I’ve heard a lot of good things about EQTs, particularly the insane comfort that comes with them. The silhouette is clean and simple, and yet it’s so effective – the ‘EQUIPMENT’ shoes prides itself on its performance and support. I own two pairs of NMDs and two pairs of Ultra Boosts, both equipped with the boost sole and honestly, the EQT sans-boost is as comfortable, if not more. Instantly I thought, “why didn’t I buy this any sooner?!” I just love the black and white colour with a little pop of the pink to finish it off.

Buy the EQTs here (men’s) and here (women’s).

Like I said, Adidas makes up a majority of my shoe collection and not a single one is a Nike shoe. I know. Once upon a time, I owned a pair of burgundy Nike Blazers but quickly grew out of my burgundy phase and so naturally, the Blazers aren’t in my current shoe rotation. After buying a pair of Nike Air Force 1s in the black colourway, I was gutted to find that I didn’t suit them as much as I thought they would. I feel like bulky shoes like the AF1s are better suited to people with bigger feet. Instead, I bought a pair of grey Janoskis and I’m surprisingly a bit in love with them! It’s one of the most iconic skate shoe silhouettes and it’s definitely up there with the Vans Old Skools. I’ve worn my Old Skools so much that it’s created a whole new definition of “beaters” so I thought I’d buy another pair of fairly cheap and comfortable shoes to wear without worrying about “beating” them. The grey colour of the Janoskis are so perfect and the suede feels very nice! After buying this in grey, I’m seriously considering the Converse One Star in grey. I bought this in a UK 3.5 – my true to size fit in shoes – and it fits quite tight on me, so if you’re interested in buying a pair, I’d recommend going a half size up for a more comfortable fit.

Find the Janoskis here.

It’s not every day sneakers for me, but I do find it easier to find sneakers I like than boots. I’ve been looking for a pair of boots for this Autumn/Winter season for a long time now, and recently during my search, I found these Orinoco Boots from Clarks. When I first saw them in the all black colourway, I wasn’t too keen on them. But a few weeks later, I saw them in the Spice Grey Nubuck colourway and I fell in love. I bought them in a UK 3.5 in a standard fit and they fit perfectly! A lot of women’s boots are either too small in leg height or too big in heel height – these Clarks boots have got the mixture spot on with the 14cm leg height and 3.5cm heel height. Now it’s just the search for a nice pair of Chelsea boots…

Shop the boots here.

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