Need A New Pair Of Trainers?

My love of trainers is no secret.

There aren’t many outfits that a decent pair of trainers won’t suit. And call me crazy but there aren’t many occasions either. I’m a big fan of wearing trainers to work (hey, it’s officially acceptable now – I once read in Grazia that loads of the team wear them to work) and when it comes to heading out to the park with my daughter, they’re a no-brainer.

My weekend uniform of late has been that classic combo of trainers, striped top, statement necklace and skinny jeans (although I am now coming around to the idea of – gasp – boyfriend jeans) and I’ve had to stop myself from buying new trainers, most weeks.

Knowing how much I love them, online retailer have asked me to road test a pair for them. I hadn’t come across Cloggs before but loved browsing their shoes and trainers – they stock a huge number of different brands and styles. From Clarks court shoes to Joules slippers and from kids’ Uggs to sleek men’s lace ups by Ted Baker. I challenge you to take a look and not find at least five pairs of shoes you’d buy.

But back to trainers. Cloggs cover all the big trends, as far as I’m concerned…

Gorgeous trainers

1. Converse Allstar in mallow pink, £45.99

2. Vans Classic Slip-ons, £39.99

3. Converse Allstar hi-top in rose gold, £64.99

4. Skechers Flex Appeal, £58.99

But it was a pair of ASH hi tops in black leather that I went for. The leather is so soft, the first time I wore them, it felt like I was wearing worn-in shoes. They were so comfortable. The buckles give them an unusual twist, compared with usual lace ups, but they have a side zip to avoid a real faff every time you put them on or take them off.

Ash trainers

Ash trainers

For the past couple of months, I’ve been wearing these bad boys pretty much every day, with my striped tee and skinny jeans (did you notice the really annoying white line down my black jeans, above? How do I get rid of it… anyone?) and they look as good now as they did when I got them. They might not be everyone’s cup of tea – I’m pretty sure my husband hates them – but beauty is in the eye of the beholder. And boys don’t ‘get’ fashion sometimes, do they?

My next trainer purchase is going to be some slip-ons like the Vans above. The only question is… checkerboard print or leopard print?

If you’re more of a classic Converse kinda person, listen up. Cloggs have given me a pair of Converse trainers to give away to one lucky winner.

Win a pair of Converse trainers!

THE PRIZE: A pair of Converse of your choosing from (subject to size availability and stock levels)

HOW TO ENTER: Comment on this blog post, telling me what your current favourite shoes are. Bonus entries can be gained by following @alisonperryblog on Twitter and tweeting about the giveaway. Don’t forget to fill in the Rafflecopter box below for your entry to count!
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Terms and conditions: 
1. Entry is open to UK residents aged 18 and over, excluding anyone professionally associated with Not Another Mummy Blog or the Promoter. 
2. One winner will receive a pair of Converse shoes of their choice (women’s, men’s or kids’) from Subject to size availability and stock levels. The prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. 
3. The prize draw starts at 12.01am GMT on 8th April 2014 and closes at 11.59pm BST on 20th April 2014. 
4. Entry is free and must be made by commenting on this blog post. Entrants can gain bonus entries by following @alisonperryblog on Twitter and tweeting about the giveaway, then completing the Rafflecopter widget featured in this post. 
5. The name of the winner will be published on this website within 14 days of the competition closing. 
6. In the unlikely event that the prize becomes unavailable the Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal value. 
7. The Promoter’s decision on all matters is final and binding on all entrants. No correspondence will be entered into. 
8. By taking part in this competition you agree to be bound by the competition terms and conditions. 
9. The Promoter reserves the right to disqualify any entrant and / or winner in its discretion and without any notice in accordance with these terms and conditions. 
10. The Promoter is:, Unit 23, Gravelly Industrial Park, Birmingham, B24 8HZ
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  1. LucyD
    April 8, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    Oh those Ash trainers are lovely!! My favs at the moment are Toms or Dainty converse!

  2. April 8, 2014 / 9:41 pm

    See the red high tops up there… My weapon of choice. Except my pair are about 8 years old and the soles are nearly smooth and bit of a death trap.

    So I *neeeeeeed* new ones 🙂

  3. Busola Evans
    April 8, 2014 / 9:42 pm

    Ooh, I may have to steal your style! The Ash trainers are fab!

  4. April 8, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    I had a favourite ‘do anything in them’ pair of Skechers trainers that I wore day in, day out until their sad and recent demise so I’d love a fab new pair of Converse!

  5. April 8, 2014 / 10:27 pm

    My new love is a pair of bright pinky purple adidas gazelles. So comfy and bright. And this comes from someone who normally doesn’t stray from a pair of heels! Would love some converse though – probably in another bright colour for summer x

  6. Clare Pritchard
    April 8, 2014 / 10:28 pm

    After my son was born my husband bought me a pair of converse with Wonder Woman on them! Absolute fave shoes!

  7. Stephanie Kirsch
    April 9, 2014 / 6:34 am

    I live in a cheap pair of trainers from new look at the moment, need to hunt down a nice pair for the summer!

  8. lesley
    April 9, 2014 / 7:27 am

    I’m still wearing my knee high boots will be sad when it’s officially too warm for them!

  9. April 9, 2014 / 7:37 am

    Those Ash high tops are to die for! I’ve just bought a pair of leopard skin slip on trainers (total Vans copy from Asos) and LOVE them. Love a trainer!

  10. April 9, 2014 / 8:51 am

    Ooh, I was secretly admiring those trainers last time I saw you. I like the way they look grown-up but are still trainers. I do love my Converse though.

  11. April 9, 2014 / 9:26 am

    Love the Ash trainers! I’ve been rocking my New Balance that I got for my birthday last week! But I also love my leopard cons, my white cons, my gladiators, oh I just love my shoes!! x

  12. Harley
    April 9, 2014 / 10:24 am

    Black flossys in the spring sunshine

  13. kim plant
    April 9, 2014 / 10:49 am

    love the sporty x

  14. olivia kirby
    April 9, 2014 / 12:19 pm

    I have some Converse high tops with elasticated laces that don’t need tying or untying! Perfect, they are black and green and really comfortable.

  15. Jenny mortimer
    April 9, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    My staple item at the moment are my white converse. Perfect for the school/ nursery runs

  16. Christina Curtis
    April 9, 2014 / 12:59 pm

    Since my converse trainers died my favorite has been a basic pair of flats. Boring!

  17. April 9, 2014 / 1:12 pm

    Charcoal converse, they go with everything

  18. Louise Paul
    April 9, 2014 / 2:05 pm

    I love my yellow and black adidas hi tops 🙂

  19. Tracey Peach
    April 9, 2014 / 2:41 pm

    My Current Favourite pair Of Shoes Are Clarks Shoes, They Look Sporty

  20. Liz
    April 9, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    I am loving my puma suede in orange and have my eye on some black gazelles – I had some in the nineties, why did I chuck them out?!

  21. Tracy Nixon
    April 9, 2014 / 3:33 pm

    I love my tan leather Ugg boots at the mo. They are fur lined for this ‘inbetween’ weather and a little heel – they are so comfortable and cosy!

  22. Zoe
    April 9, 2014 / 3:58 pm

    My faves are still my black camper twins which are smart enough for the office (no trainers allowed here) yet quirky enough not to be dull. I really want some of the Orla Kiely shoes for clarks but I don’t know whether to get the quirky green colour or the sensible navy ones. Decisions, decisions….

  23. Justine Allen
    April 9, 2014 / 4:14 pm

    Loving your choice! Have never come across Cloggs before but will certainly be taking a look now

  24. Lynsey Buchanan
    April 9, 2014 / 8:26 pm


  25. Jayne T
    April 9, 2014 / 9:24 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway, I would love to win these for my teenage daughter. My current favourite pair of shoes at the moment, are a pair of comfy purple trainers.

  26. April 9, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    For colder weather I live in my North Face walking shoe/trainer, warmer weather and no bare feet it’s a pair of pull on skechers that are a bit more dainty, and come summer it’s birkenstocks all the way (or Havaianas flip flops if really sunny).

  27. April 9, 2014 / 10:01 pm

    Oooh those rose gold converse are calling to my inner magpie!
    I’m currently living in my toms, mostly because they are just so comfy. When it’s raining out come the dark red converse. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one.

  28. Tracy Sinclair
    April 9, 2014 / 11:12 pm

    My favourite, which I’ve been wearing all winter, are a pair of black Kicker shoes, theyr’e so comfortable x

  29. April 9, 2014 / 11:53 pm

    Great comp! I’m a massive fan of Converse – I just got bought (I know!) my first WHITE pair of Converse … so they’d have to be my fav shoes 🙂

  30. April 10, 2014 / 7:08 am

    I live in a pair of limited edition Gola trainers with a blue Liberty print!

  31. April 10, 2014 / 7:26 am

    I’m still loving my fit flops. I’ve worn them since they first came out (not the same pair obvs) and have loads of styles now – including sequinned ones for ‘best’ 🙂 l

  32. Kimmy
    April 10, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Loving my high heel Choo’s but they’re definitely not designed for getting to and from work in comfort. Coveting a pair of converse – love the rose gold pair on your blog post. They’d do nicely.

  33. Suzanne Cooke
    April 10, 2014 / 10:16 am

    I love my next sheepskin boots, they are so comfy.

  34. kelly
    April 10, 2014 / 7:54 pm

    My fave shoes are converse but I could do with some new ones 🙂

  35. April 10, 2014 / 7:58 pm

    My current love are a pair of six inch white sparkly ‘princess’ shoes which are thoroughly uncomfortable but make me feel incredibly glamourous…. ( I’ve taken to wearing them around the house 😉 )

  36. kim neville
    April 11, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    My skechers tone ups as so comfy

  37. April 12, 2014 / 1:56 am

    At the moment I am living in a pair of adidas originals – they are very comfy I have to say. x

  38. Helen
    April 12, 2014 / 9:17 am

    I bought some New Balance and the kids I teach are in awe – I didn’t realise the power of the trainer!!!

  39. April 12, 2014 / 2:55 pm

    I love my Karen Millen high heels, but I don’t like wearing them too often because I don’t want to spoil them. As for trainers, I have some classic white adidas that I love. I had a pair of Vans years ago and they were amazing, so comfy.

  40. Alli Marshall
    April 12, 2014 / 3:52 pm

    My favourite shoes are any 1 of the 4 pairs of converse I already have, however a girl can never have enough Converse!!!

  41. charli
    April 12, 2014 / 6:36 pm

    My converse hi tops 😉 comfy and go with everything…

  42. April 13, 2014 / 2:07 am

    The leather high tops look cool. Bet my missus would like me to win! Supposed I better enter! Stephen :o)

  43. clair downham
    April 13, 2014 / 11:52 am

    my red and black converses

  44. Rhian
    April 13, 2014 / 2:44 pm

    My favorite pair of shoes at the moment are my black slip on ballet flats. So comfortable!

  45. tamalyn roberts
    April 13, 2014 / 3:41 pm

    my red converse

  46. April 13, 2014 / 5:38 pm

    My current favourites depend on the weather! If it is warm enough for sandals, then I love my FitFlops, otherwise it is my Adidas Sambas.

    April 14, 2014 / 1:22 pm

    Im currently wearing a old pair of Rocket Dogs that are like 3 years old

  48. hayley pemberton
    April 15, 2014 / 10:48 am

    I have some blue converse at the minute but are hoping to move to my summer shoes of birkenstocks

  49. Sarah Davies
    April 15, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    I’m in that gap between my favourite Fitflop boots and my lovely Fitflop sandals. I really need some shoes to become my Spring favourites!

  50. Kimberley Robinson
    April 17, 2014 / 6:20 pm

    loving my ugg boots but spring starting to bloom now 🙂

  51. April 17, 2014 / 9:29 pm

    My favourite shoes right now are my Converse trainers. They go with pretty much everything but a girl can never have too many pairs!

  52. cherie shaw
    April 18, 2014 / 1:11 am

    I love my ugg boots 🙂

  53. Linz W
    April 18, 2014 / 1:39 pm

    My favourite shoes at the moment are a pair of white foam flip flops because im suffering with swollen feet/ankles with being 30 weeks pregnant!

  54. April 18, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    Now that the sunshine is here, my toms again

  55. April 19, 2014 / 11:14 pm

    Already converse! Wore them when they weren’t in ‘fashion’!

  56. Martin
    April 20, 2014 / 12:10 pm


  57. Nicol
    April 20, 2014 / 10:43 pm

    I currently live in a pair of comfy Merrells which have dine me proud over the winter for school runs & trips to the beach and moors. Mainly they don’t leak!

  58. Natalie Crossan
    April 20, 2014 / 11:48 pm

    Converse xx

  59. Ali
    April 21, 2014 / 12:00 am

    Converse, tan brushed leather!! Perfect!!

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