Thursday, 26 July 2018

All the Filas – how these £50 trainer​s​ broke the internet.

Fila Disruptors … everyone wants a pair.
Photograph: Fila

They’re affordable, available on the high street and ‘ugly’. So why are they ranked second in the world’s most-coveted fashion items?

A lot of things have claimed to break the internet. Kim Kardashian’s bottom. The Sexy FelonHarambe. Fashion claims to break it a lot. Already this summer, a handful of luxury accessories – including an improbably large £620 summer hat that led to the factory where they are made running out of straw – have caused the internet to buckle. Those that do break it tend to make it on to the revered Lyst Index, a ranking of the most coveted fashion items in the world, tracked as much by searches as sales. Released last week, it included – for the first time – a pair of £50 trainers.

While the inclusion of the Fila Disruptor trainer shouldn’t be surprising – sales of trainers were up 10% last year to $4bn (£3bn) – it is. The list habitually features expensive accessories, known as the “gateway drugs” of fashion – non-essential luxury items that are cheaper, relatively speaking – that drive revenue more than actual clothes. This year’s “gateway” items include a Gucci logo belt, Celine sunglasses and an Off White belt. The appearance of the Fila trainers – which cost between £50 and £80, can be bought on the high street and have a modest 62k searches on Instagram, compared with the Gucci belt’s half a million – is more than an anomaly. It exposes a hole in the system: people are ogling affordable trainers as much as they are Chanel espadrilles.

By Morwenna Ferrier.
Full story at The Guardian.

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