Day 53: Tread Or Alive You’re Coming With Me

Would you buy today’s trainers for a dollar? The 365-day charity challenge continues with some Rip Curls…

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“You have been found guilty of being over 40 and wearing trainers. You have 20 seconds to buy some brogues.”

Yeah, it’s in the newspapers again today. Men over 40 wearing trainers are committing sartorial crimes against fashion. We should all be wearing sensible brown slip-ons.


It’s typical of newspapers to make sweeping statements like this. It seems to ignore the mindbogglingly vast variety of trainers there are available now. Of course, some look stupid on the – ahem – more mature male. Others are fine. The same can be said of shoes. After all, would these fashion “experts” think it’s okay for men to wear their jeans stuffed inside leather ankle boots in that look that boy bands currently favour, just because those boots count as shoes?

Also, trainers allow you to express personality more. Are we supposed to become homogenously black-shoed as we get older? Act a certain way? Have an “old person’s” look? Bollox to that. Vive la difference.

Anyway, all the bands I’ve ever liked have gone seriously crap when they stopped wearing trainers and started wearing shoes. SHOES KILL CREATIVITY! That’s my new mantra. T-shirts available soon.

Feb 11 c

Having said all that, I am wearing brown trainers today. Which is also odd because they’re Rip Curls – a surf brand – and I don’t really associate surfers with brown. They look great on though, and they’re very comfy, so thanks to Simon Withers for loaning them to me. You’ll be seeing a lot more or Simon’s eclectic collection of trainers over the next few weeks (he’s loaned me one pair by a brand I didn’t even know made trainers… I only know them for sunglasses!)

Feb 22 badge 2The RoboCop action figure is pretty damned cool, even if he does have a very nasally voice (push a button on his chest for “Natter Mode”). He also comes with what looks like an OmniCorp antique drawer handle, but I’m reliably informed is a badge. I did try getting Robo out of the box carefully so that I could sell him off for the charity, but that proved impossible, and the box now looks like a cat has decided to pick a fight with it. Still, if anybody wants to make me an offer, I’ll still let him and the antique drawer handle go for the greater good.

Just email me on and let me know.

Oh yeah, and thanks to Dom Carter for inspiration for today’s headline.

Usual sign-off:

Current total: £455  

• Remember this is all for charity, so any pennies or pounds you can spare PLEASE DONATE BY CLICKING HERE.

• Follow me on Twitter to make sure you see what trainers I’m wearing each day.

• If you have any trainers you could donate (either on loan or old pairs you’re getting rid of) which are size 9 (ish – I can do anything from 8 to 10) contact me at so we can arrange collection.

• Please, please, please leave comments below! I’m after ideas for mini-challenges, future photoshoots and how I can find enough pairs of trainers!

Dave G


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