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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 velvet uppers and over the top embellishments have joined the ranks of stylish footwear. 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.

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Commes des Garcons Converse 70s x play cdg trainers, £95, Selfridges

Commes des Garcons is a stalwart in the streetwear scene and these fashion trainers are an instant classic. They’ve taken on Converse’s classic Chuck Taylor design and added a peekaboo heart logo, as well as a striking black heel for contrast. They definitely fall into Christmas gifts for her territory…

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Best running trainers

We chatted with Cathy, who runs a site dedicated to running, cycling and general fitness called JogBlog, about choosing the perfect running trainers. It’s worth investing in a great pair of shoes if you’re an avid runner and more serious enthusiasts should think about asking for expert advice – when Cathy first started out, she had to learn that the hard way.

She said, ‘I started out running with the cheapest pair of trainers I could find (£10 in a non-sports shop). That was a mistake – they were so stiff and uncomfortable! I then went to a specialist running shop where I ran on a treadmill so the staff could analyse my gait, then they brought out to me different brands of shoe appropriate for my running style to try on. After trying on a few pairs – I just ‘knew’ which were the right pair.’

Fresh Foam Cruz, £75, New Balance

Hit the road in these dusky rose trainers from New Balance. Designed to withstand the wear and tear of hours on the road, they have a thick cushioned heel and breathable upper to keep you from overheating. Plus, they slip on and off easily so you can kick them off at the end of an intense workout.

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Best trainers for the gym

Cathy shared, ‘For the gym, unless you’re doing high impact exercise such as the treadmill, then it doesn’t really matter what you wear on your feet and, as running shoes are expensive, I save my old ones for the gym to get value for money out of them!’

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Adidas Essential Fun II Women’s Cross Trainers, £39.95, John Lewis

It doesn’t get more classic than this. These Women’s Cross Trainers were designed to upgrade your workout with a sturdy midfoot grip, a ventilated mesh upper and a slick colour blocked design that goes right back to Adidas’ roots.

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Best trainers for walking

Adidas by Stella McCartney, £91, MATCHESFASHION

Now at first I was sceptical about this collaboration, but I’m a diehard fan now. These adidas by Stella McCartney kicks are the perfect blend of both style and function, with a strong grip perfect for taking on uneven hiking trails.

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Best trainers for flat feet

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Nike Lunarglide 9, £114.95, Nike

Flat footers, rejoice – you don’t have to compromise on style any longer. Nike’s Lunarglide range are designed with a thick cushioned heel to keep you stable and prevent overpronation. The ultra cool Flywire knit upper is just the cherry on top.

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Best trainers for cycling

Shimano Women’s Rp3 Road Biking Trainers, £80.22, Amazon

Now we know these aren’t the prettiest trainers around, but if you’re really into cycling then they’re some of the best. Designed with cutting edge cycle technology, it has a specially crafted cleat to keep your feet from slipping off the pedal.

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