I'm a fashion editor who normally hates trainers but I'm buying all of these

Chic and comfortable, the perfect combo

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Any fashion editor worth their salt will tell you that the best trainers can absolutely make an outfit - and I have to reluctantly agree, despite my notorious aversion to them.

It certainly helps that some of my favourite designers like Bottega and Loewe have just launched sleek styles for spring/summer 24. Other cult sneaker brands including Veja, adidas and Puma have added some fresh styles to their repertoire.

Watch out for the adidas SL 72, already lauded as the new Samba, and the Puma Palermo, as seen on Em Rata and Dua Lipa, in a dusty pink shade for spring that I've already got my eye on.

Having now invested in a few pairs, I've found they go with a surprising amount of what I own, from white jeans to occasionwear dresses.

Tempted? Here's everything you need to know about which fashion trainers to invest in this season.

For spring/summer '24, we're seeing plenty of crotechet and embroidered trainers,a trend set by the sell-out Chloé Nama sneaker, launched as part of their SS22 collection and an instant hit thanks to its sustainable design (Katie Holmes can't stop wearing hers).

Retro styles like Converse Chuck Taylors and the Nike Blazer sneakers are still going strong, and I'm loving New Balance's T500, a unisex style inspired by the 80s.

Chunky trainers are still high on the agenda, with New Balance Unisex 530 still selling out on a regular basis. For something minimal, try a white trainer, seen everywhere on TikTok and at Fashion Week.

Of course, sustainability is at the forefront for SS24, and we're seeing some great vegan options from the likes of Veja, Waes and Yatay - head to our sustainable trainers edit for even more styles - and for runners, do check out our best running shoes edit.

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The best trainers to buy now

I'm a fashion editor who used to hate trainers, but I've cherry picked the best fashion trainers that I would genuinely buy and wear. Shop them below.

Penny Goldstone

Penny Goldstone is the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire, covering everything from catwalk trends to royal fashion and the latest high street and Instagram must-haves.

Penny grew up in France and studied languages and law at the Sorbonne Nouvelle University in Paris before moving to the UK for her MA in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University. She moved to the UK permanently and has never looked back (though she does go back regularly to stock up on cheese and wine).

Although she's always loved fashion - she used to create scrapbooks of her favourite trends and looks, including Sienna Miller and Kate Moss' boho phase - her first job was at MoneySavingExpert.com, sourcing the best deals for everything from restaurants to designer sales.

However she quit after two years to follow her true passion, fashion journalism, and after many years of internships and freelance stints at magazines including Red, Cosmopolitan, Stylist and Good Housekeeping, landed her dream job as the Digital Fashion Editor at Marie Claire UK.

Her favourite part of the job is discovering new brands and meeting designers, and travelling the world to attend events and fashion shows. Seeing her first Chanel runway IRL at Paris Fashion Week was a true pinch-me moment.

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