Wearing Trainers – are they acceptable footwear for women over 50?

On the face of it the answer to that question is a resounding NO! Women over 50 should not wear trainers!

I think it conjours up images of slovenly women in shell suits and dirty trainers with unwashed, untidy hair.

However this is a subject I’ve thought about a lot in the past 12 months and I think I have come to the conclusion that they can be acceptable footwear for this age group of women.

When I was younger I was very fit and active, regularly going to the gym and walking a lot. I even had a spell of running and completed the Manchester 10K road race in 2007. It was my one and only race at this distance at the grand age of 47! I was very proud of that achievement, however since then I have been less active for various reasons and I’m ashamed to say that I’m carrying a few more pounds than I’d like to.

Reasons for not being as active include a few reasons. I developed a chronic back problem, an occupational injury, I have had physio and medical advice, which encouraged me to continue to be active apart from running. Also my role and hours changed and crippling shifts had a negative impact on my lifestyle – one of the main reasons for taking Early Retirement. I also developed Plantar Fasciitis – an extremely painful foot condition. After a Podiatry assessment the advice was to wear trainers, specifically running trainers,  at work – as I can spend the whole of my 13 hours on my feet.

I purchased a black pair, uniform policy dictates that they must be plain black or white with no obvious logo – a difficult task I might add. They were a godsend – I was so much more comfortable at work. I also bought a second pair to wear at home. After all when I finished work my aim was to walk more !

Whilst purchasing my trainers I saw that there were so many attractively coloured designs available this got me thinking about whether they were suitable for  a woman of 55.

I don’t think I’ve mentioned in any of my posts that I am a shoeaholic – I probably have around 70 pairs of shoes at any one time.So thinking about footwear is something I do a lot!I have a vast array of smart shoes which are also comfortable. With increasing age comes the increasing need for comfortable shoes. I felt that trainers did not look smart or stylish.

However I began to look at what women of my age were wearing on their feet. On trips to London and The Lake District I noticed more and more that trainers were being worn. What finally clinched it for me and finally made me decide that they are suitable was our recent winter holiday to Fuerteventura in January.

What decided it for me was how the trainers were worn, by that I mean what they were worn with. In Spain it seems that many women over 50 wear trainers, brightly coloured ones too, regularly. What they and mature women from other European countries do is wear them with style and panache. There was one particular lady, who I reckoned was in her 60’s. She came for a coffee to our hotel coffee shop most days with her husband. She wore bright yellow trainers bordering on fluorescent and she looked fabulous. This lady had grey hair cut in a shapely bob, each day she wore a light mac or a loose black and white tunic with a chic scarf and large lensed sunglasses. She also wore black cropped trousers. Everyday I noticed how stylish she looked – the bright trainers enhanced her look and style. She was the lady who convinced me that I could go ahead and buy a third pair of trainers – this time more colourful.


So ladies over 50 the key is what you wear your trainers with rather than the trainers dictating the style – bin the baggy tracksuit pants. Wear them with style and pride and most importantly with COMFORT!

I bought my trainers on holiday and luckily had a pair of black cropped leggings and a loose black tunic t shirt. I wore them one day and think I looked alright! and I am my biggest, harshest critic. I’ve included a photo for you to make your own judgement. More importantly I had no pain or discomfort in my feet and really enjoyed my daily walk around the resort and along the sea front.

I would be interested to know your thoughts or opinions on my blog. Comments are very welcome and I will try to reply to each one.

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I am always happy to review any product that you feel is appropriate for the over 50’s women or the retiree.