Obsessions: the court trainer

From left to right: Blondie, Christine Pascal, Martina Navrátilová, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, David Bowie, Shelley Duvall, Kate Moss.

Much like a classic white shirt, the perfect jeans or a favourite tee, a pair of white court trainers are a ubiquitous wardrobe staple. Slick yet understated, they are the definition of cool.

Originating from the competitive tennis courts of the 1970s, the court soon transitioned to the streets. In the decades that followed, the court became a cornerstone of some of the most influential counterculture aesthetics of our time. Synonymous with the origins of the hip-hop scene, as well as 90’s Britpop, the court can legitimately be described as a design icon.

In more recent terms, much of the appeal of the court can be attributed to Phoebe Philo. Frequently pictured wearing a pair of Adidas Stan Smiths with dark pants and a slim fitting shirt or fine knit, the court has become a trademark of Philo’s signature relaxed style. 

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