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.
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…
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.’
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.
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!’
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.
Best trainers for walking
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.
Best trainers for flat feet
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.
Best trainers for cycling
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.
These high tops have Gucci’s mark all over them. Detailed with a slithering snake and beige lace ups, it’s a strong look that’ll be an instant hit with the right denim.
These super retro trainers are taken to the next level with dramatic colour blocking and a suede upper. Call Marty McFly and the boys, we’re heading to the 80s.
These punchy shoes are some of the best trainers for the gym, developed by Nike and London boxing studio KOBOX to upgrade your workout.
Forget the Christmas jumper – we’re here for the Christmas trainer. With a subtle red, green and gold detail on the tongue and heel, it’ll bring great cheer and well worth wearing past the holiday season.
These fashion trainers really go the extra mile with a subtle printed velvet and golden military patches.
These monochrome embellished trainers play to those who don’t like a whole lot of colour, but want a lot of interest.
These fashion trainers from DKNY are a real standout with their eye-catching perforated upper.
These shimmery kicks from Lacoste are a great way to update your lazy day wardrobe. Pair with a pair of jeans for a laidback look or with a dress for added quirkiness.
These knitted fashion trainers are a great shout for minimal lazy day outfits – especially if you’re one of those people who just doesn’t do colour.
These slip ons are cosy chic to the max. With an oversized bow and diamante details, they’re a grab and go pair that’ll add an instant dose of style.
Colour blocking never looked so good. The touches of geometric cobalt on these white trainers really adds a little something something.
While there’s a lot going on detail-wise, the sky blue monochrome shade balances these Reeboks and keeps them grounded.
Why dispute a classic? These clean white sneaks from Vans will go with pretty much everything and since they’re canvas, they shouldn’t be too hard to clean.
The iconic Stan Smith cut out design is still going strong and we love this fresh look from Adidas Originals.
We’re still not over rose gold and these trainers are adorable. With a millennial pink sole and laces alongside a glitter heel and toe, its a fun addition to any wardrobe.
Minimal, unbranded fashion 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.
These running trainers mean serious business. With ankle support, breathable upper and a spongy sole to put a spring in your step, you’ll be giving Usain Bolt a run for his money in no time.
These Mango fashion trainers are the epitome of kindergarten chic. Covered in adorable doodles, every inch of them is detailed in colourful illustrations – aside from the fresh laces of course.
These adidas Originals really aren’t messing around. As one of the most in-demand styles of the season, this burgundy option will keep you at the front of the fashion pack and double as great running trainers.
These is arguably the hottest fashion trainers drop of the season and – yes – they’re still in stock. True to Alexander Wang’s unique streetwear sensibilities, the unexpected multicoloured sole is a lovely whimsical touch.