Trainers are having a fashion moment, and we're not talking about gym-wear.
Gone are the days of boring, uninspired sports uniforms. With designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Raf Simons dressing up sports shoes and athleisure on the tip of everyone’s tongues, it’s safe to say that trainers are officially here to stay.
We’re surprised it took this long – they’re comfortable, affordable and are an easy way to dress down an outfit without sacrificing style. While they’ve generally been a favourite of the urban style crew, big retailers like H&M, Zara and more have been gradually introducing slick new versions into their stores and everybody owns at least one pair now. They go with almost everything – jeans, cropped trousers, summer dresses – and take all the fuss out of choosing what to wear first thing in the morning.
Best Fashion Trainers
As with the rest of the fashion world, footwear isn’t impervious to the ebb and flow of trends. Pastel shades – including the inevitable millennial pink – bring a softness and femininity to classic shapes, making them the perfect addition to a denim dress or full skirt. There’s also been a lot of buzz around metallics in rose golds, silvers and gold lame, which will give you a reason to work on that fancy footwork. When in doubt however, you can never go wrong with a classic white sneak.
While sleek, monochromatic trainers are definitely having their day, it’s worth being a little adventurous this season as embroidered floral appliques and pom pom details have joined the ranks of stylish footwear. A surprise colour block can add a different dimension to an all black outfit, while a cute ruffle detail adds a touch of whimsy. If you’re not about that glam life, trainers with a perforated hole upper are a great way to add subtle intrigue to otherwise simple footwear.
High Street Trainers
If you’re on a budget, it’s worth diving into places like H&M, Zara and Topshop to browse their killer trainer collections. They’re all up to date on the current trainer trends, though it’s also worth looking at online fashion outlets like ASOS which stock the usual suspects: think Adidas, Nike and Lacoste. Superga, one of Kate Middleton’s favourite brands, are always a great shout with a classic shape and endless number of shades to choose from.
Women’s Designer Trainers
If you’re really looking to splurge on a pair of kicks, there’s a number of fantastic designer trainers worth investing in. Big names like Gucci, Simone Rocha and Valentino have all put their signature stamp on sports shoes, however it’s also worth looking into trainer specialists like Common Projects for some sleek, understated silhouettes.
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Get in on the streetwear hype with these slick shoes from adidas Originals. With a breathable grid patterned upper and contrast detailing on the tongue and heel, it’s no surprise that something with this much character was designed by Pharrell Williams himself. Now here’s something to really be happy about.
These clean monochromatic sneakers will add a soft yet sporty touch to any outfit. We love how delicate this shade of powdery blue is.
How cute is this cherry print? Team these with a white shirt dress for a fun off-duty look.
Achilles would have a few choice words to say about these. Colour blocking never did a girl wrong, especially when it comes with this summery yellow.
Shop now: Two-Tone Plimsolls for £19.99 from Zara
The perfect shade for spring.
These slick faux leather shoes are the perfect marriage of casual class, making it a no-brainer work-appropriate trainer.
Shop now: H&M Trainers for £19.99 from H&M
Bring some class to the joint with these pearl-embellished satin sneakers, all done up in a luxe rose gold shade.
These sleek modern trainers are the epitome of urban street style, softened by the peach feminine shade.
Japanese-inspired embroidery is having a massive moment and these delicate trainers bring the trend into full footwear focus.
What better way to jazz up a summer outfit than with a pair of silver pumps? We LOVE these from Superga.
We love added a soft yet sporty vibe to a fun floral summer dress with a pair of trophy trainers, and these pastel green pumps are the perfect number.
You can’t go wrong with the classic white pump, perfect with every and any outfit.
Reebok’s back, baby. These classic white sneaks never did a girl wrong and will look fresh with any outfit.
With its faded star detail and finish, silver glittered heel panel, designer stamp and frayed edges, this trainer couldn’t be more on trend.
Why overthink it? These simple black and white kicks will go with any outfit and are a true classic.
Shop now: Nike Roshe Trainers for £70 from ASOS
The iconic Stan Smith cut out design is still going strong and we love this fresh look from Adidas Originals.
You can never go wrong with a Lacoste classic. These metallic shoes bring an expensive look to a classic shape.
Galaxy print is out but these shimmery, nearly holographic shoes are in.
There’s no denying that silver is the style to be seen in this summer, and you can’t go wrong in these classic Lacoste trainers.
Holey hell, these Nike Cortez are a fun take on the staple white trainer. Covered in perforated holes, these trainers come in leather and a golden Nike logo.
Shop now: Nike Cortez for £75 from JD Sports
These recycled denim trainers not only look good, they do good too. They’re a collaboration between Veja and Surfrider Foundation Europe to help protect the ocean from pollution – they’ve even made the soles out of recycled plastic to do their bit to help the environment.
Shop now: Veja Wata Surfrider for £87 from Sarenza
Go for a muted look with these pale grey suede trainers, decorated with perforated holes for a sleek yet minimal look. Sure the suede isn’t ideal for rainy days, but at least you’ll look damn good running round town in them.
Take a walk on the wild side with these animal print trainers, which combine a wild spotty pattern with a shimmery blue metallic. With these babies, you won’t have to think too hard about accessorising a simple outfit.
Sleek and simple is the name of the game here. Crafted from Italian leather and minimal monochromatic stitching, these neutral trainers will add an edge to any outfit.
Metallic trainers are an on-point way to upscale everyday looks. This Acne Studios pair will look as good with midi skirts as they do relaxed jeans.
These clean white sneaks are given a romantic upgrade with contrasting ruffles. Perfect for pairing with flirty dresses.
These Annie Bing sneakers get a playful floral update with low-key cherry blossom and cherry appliques.
Minimal, unbranded trainers are the way to go for a more grown-up, luxe look. Team this dusky pink leather pair with an ankle-length dress for a contemporary spin.
A good old daisy print never gets old. Simone Rocha takes it to the next level with these ivory embellishments, which look ultra chic against the black canvas.
We’re seeing stars with these leather low tops from Saint Laurent, decorated in dusky pink appliques. Wear them with some washed out jeans and a blazer for a smart casual look.
Bring a dash of designer to your trainers with these Gucci sneakers – the golden bee is a playful touch.
Be bold with these stark Valentino trainers, which jazz up the clean white sneak with an eye-catching red metallic stripe. Look a little closer and you’ll spot Valentino’s signature studs on the back of the heel in a subtle white.
The sole reason you should be getting these leather trainers is for its whimsical braided velvet detailing. The Barbie pink braid somehow manages to be girly yet fierce at the same time – we’re here for it.
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