As a woman who revels in the opulence and splendor of fashion, stepping into the world of trainers hasn’t always felt like strutting down a runway in Milan. Let’s talk about a journey that’s more marathon than sprint, one where we lace up our Nikes with a pinch of skepticism and a dash of hope. Since 1977, it seems like Nike has been running a relay, passing the baton between innovation and oversight, especially when it comes to women’s trainers.

Nike, darling, it seems you’ve been dressing up men’s sneakers in brighter colors, shrinking them down, and slapping on a price tag that makes my wallet weep.

Now, let me tell you, my love for a lavish lifestyle doesn’t stop at the edge of luxury fabrics or the gleam of high-end accessories. It extends, quite unexpectedly, to my athletic wear, including those oh-so-necessary trainers. Imagine the dismay when, amidst the sparkle and shine of my carefully curated wardrobe, my trainers felt like a compromise, a whispered apology for femininity in the athletic world.

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1977 Lady Waffle

The crux of my dilemma? Nike’s approach to women’s trainers. Picture this: the year 1977, disco is alive and thriving, and Nike introduces the Lady Waffle running sneaker. A promising stride forward, you’d think, right? Yet, fast forward a few decade Lady Waffls, and it feels like we’ve been jogging on a treadmill, making noise but staying in the same spot. Nike, darling, it seems you’ve been dressing up men’s sneakers in brighter colors, shrinking them down, and slapping on a price tag that makes my wallet weep.

It’s like putting lipstick on a bulldog and calling it a debutante.



We’re not just smaller versions of men, our bodies aren’t simply scaled-down replicas. Our physicality demands recognition, understanding, and, most importantly, respect. When my trainers are merely men’s shoes in disguise, it’s not just my aesthetic that’s compromised; it’s my physical well-being. The toll on knees and ankles is real, folks. And for someone who’s twisted more ankles on the netball and basketball courts than I’d care to admit, I’m not just talking out of my hat.

But let’s not dwell in the shadows of oversight. Instead, let’s bask in the glow of what could be. Imagine a world where women’s trainers are designed with the fierceness and grace of the female athlete in mind. Where our shoes aren’t afterthoughts but declarations of our strength, our style, and our unparalleled ability to conquer both the catwalk and the running track.

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I’ve walked the cobbled streets of Venice in my Reeboks, feeling the Italian sun kiss my face, without so much as a whisper of discomfort from my feet, carrying everything from my camera to my hefty shopping finds, tallying up to 10kg, mind you. Comfortable, stylish, and reliable.

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And then, I look at my Nikes, sighing at the missed opportunities.


I am wearing my Reeboks in Venice

You see, the issue isn’t just about style or the lack thereof. It’s deeper, hitting the very foundation of what it means to be an athletic woman.

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Bring On The Innovation

Nike, darling, it’s time to step up. We’re not asking for the world, just for trainers that acknowledge our existence beyond a palette swap. Bring on the innovation, the understanding that women’s needs in athletic wear are not just about fashion but about form and function intertwined.

In my opulent world, every piece of my attire, from head to toe, is a testament to who I am: strong, fearless, and fabulously feminine. My trainers should be no exception. They should be my battle armor as I take on the day, from running errands to running marathons, all while looking effortlessly chic.

So, here’s to hoping that the next time I slip on a pair of Nikes, they’ll feel like they were made just for me, not as an echo of the men’s section.

Because, let’s be honest, in the world of fashion and fitness, women have always been a force to be reckoned with. It’s high time our trainers reflect that.

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In closing, I extend an olive branch to Nike, embroidered with a challenge: Let’s redefine the game. It’s not about reinventing the wheel but understanding that women’s trainers can be both a symbol of luxury and a testament to our athletic prowess. After all, in the grand scheme of things, we’re not just participants in the world of sports and fashion; we’re leading the charge. So, Nike, ready to lace up and join the race?