I Was a High-Heel Devotee—Until I Discovered These Sneakers

Lisa Aiken is Net-a-Porter’s retail fashion director, aka the woman responsible for our extensive wish lists and dented wallets. She’s something of an oracle for the Who What Wear UK team. We trust her every recommendation (and attend her seasonal trend presentations without fail); we look to her wardrobe choices and unwaveringly cool NAP edit to make our own moves; and now, she’s a regular columnist here on the site—hurrah! This month, it’s all about how she went from being a high-heel aficionado to actually falling in love with sneakers…

I never was a sneaker girl—at least, not until earlier this year, when I sported a pair of Nike Air Max for the global tour of our seasonal trends presentation. From London to Paris and Munich and New York, rather than schlepping around in mules, boots or slides, I chose the ultimate in comfy footwear and wore my trainers to death, and I came to love them.