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Ringo Starr at the 14th annual Snowflake Ball from UNICEF USA in the city of New York
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Decorated with their pattern of skulls and flags, paisley swirls and love hearts, you can imagine the trainers arousing the interest of a teenage girl.

However, these are not just a pair of old sneakers. They are Saint Laurent Bedfords and – although they closely resemble a few £ 60 Converse – in retail for £ 510 they are out of the pocket of most teenagers.

In this case, the wearer is the 51-year-old father of two Daniel Craig, best known for effortlessly playing James Bond.

Suffice it to say that 007 would not be seen dead in these horrors.

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At a pinch, his trainers can make a reasonable choice when Craig is looking for a pint of milk, or relaxes on vacation. But why on earth would he wear a casual pair of sneakers with a nicely cut formal black suit at a red carpet premiere?

It's not like Craig needs the comfort, grip or flexibility of a sneaker, since he just walks along the red carpet. He will not jump on a skateboard or use a tennis racket.

Unfortunately the answer is that – oh the outrage! – Craig has joined the middle-aged men who have fallen for the sneaker siren call.

No one suggests that Craig swaps his bespoke Tom Ford suits for a pair of tailored pants or chubby for a comfortable flannel slipper instead of a brogue, but there is something that makes a man old enough to be a grandfather A grandfather wearing teenage shoes with a suit on a formal occasion.

Ringo Starr at the 14th annual Snowflake Ball from UNICEF USA in the city of New York

Sir Paul McCartney attending the National Magazine Company: 30 Days of Fashion and Beauty gala launch party held at The Natural History Museum, London
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Sir Paul McCartney attending the National Magazine Company: 30 Days of Fashion and Beauty gala launch party held at The Natural History Museum, London

Don't wear it bad! Former members of The Beatles, Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are both guilty of trying to try the suit with a trainer look

However, he is not alone. Craig is one of an ever-growing tribe of 50, 60 and 70-something celebrities who desperately want to convey the message that they're still cool and down with the kids.

Rarely does a day go by in famous land without a photo popping up of a man-opausal star wearing the dreaded sneaker.

When they are not parading with a suit on the red carpet, these men are tragically inclined to wear the relaxed shoes with skinny jeans (which may only be worn by skinny teenagers).

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The worst offenders go one step further and the team said jeans with T-shirts with logo, hoodies and baseball caps. Don't they check themselves in the mirror before they stand in front of a camera?

Famous stylist Alex Longmore, whose customers are Claudia Schiffer and Jodie Kidd, says: & # 39; There was a saying that you can see the caliber of a man by the shoes he is wearing, but that is simply no longer the case.

& # 39; Wearing sneakers with a suit is a huge trend. The problem is that you have to be very careful which trainers you style with a suit.

& # 39; I'm afraid Daniel Craig is very casual and I think his stylist did it wrong. But trainers are definitely the biggest in men's clothing. It comes from the street, as well as social media, and now everyone wants a few £ 500 trainers and they will wear them as smart shoes. & # 39;

It seems that nobody is immune to the charm of a trainer. Just ask eternal suit / sneaker wearers – including Mick Jagger and Jonathan Ross. Both cling to their youth more strongly than is graceful.

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Jagger's hair is still maroon a few decades after the shadow started to look unlikely, and he is never without trainers – on stage or off. With his passion for comic books, Ross also seems to be stuck in a youthful rut and, at the age of 58, adores the trendy Japanese brand Bathing Ape, also loved by American rappers Jay Z and Kanye West.

Nothing sounds the horn for & # 39; midlife crisis & # 39; more: Sir Lenny Henry wears white sole skate shoes for the British Academy Television Awards

Nothing sounds the horn for & # 39; midlife crisis & # 39; more: Sir Lenny Henry wears white sole skate shoes for the British Academy Television Awards

Nothing sounds the horn for & # 39; midlife crisis & # 39; more: Sir Lenny Henry wears white sole skate shoes for the British Academy Television Awards

Not that the attraction of trainers is not understandable – they are comfortable, lightweight and offer ankle support.

Yet nothing sounds the horn for & # 39; midlife crisis & # 39 ;.

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Alex Longmore agrees: & # 39; Men of a certain age may like this look because it is a revolt against the dress code. You used to have to wear a jacket and tie, and now there's this relaxed & # 39; media look & # 39; of a jacket and sneakers.

& # 39; It is similar to the moment when jeans became acceptable as evening wear for women. The problem is that men just attract formal trainers without wondering if they really work with a suit. & # 39;

Designer super sneakers are a lot of money. Dior's hi-tops, generously covered with logos, cost £ 830, while Gucci's Ace series – as worn by 73-year-old Elton John – starts at £ 425.

Gucci also offers the metal leather Flashtrek, with removable crystals, for £ 1,080. Balenciaga ranges from £ 550 to £ 750.

And that's exactly how these middle-aged showpieces like it – street youth fashion with a VIP price tag.

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