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

Adding these stylish fashion trainers to my wardrobe

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Any fashion editor worth their salt will tell you that the best trainers can absolutely make an outfit. And that includes me. I'll be honest, I used to hate wearing trainers outside of the gym, but now I'm a convert.

It certainly helps that some of my favourite designers like Chloé, The Row and Loewe have just brought out sleek styles for the new season. Now that I've invested in a couple of pairs, I wear almost no other footwear, since they go with a surprising amount of what I own, from jeans and t-shirts to knit dresses.

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

For autumn/winter, we're seeing plenty of crochet 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 the adidas Gazelle, the Converse Chuck Taylors and the Nike Blazer sneakers are still going strong, and I'm loving Gucci's vintage take with the 1977 slip-ons.

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 AW23, 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.

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What trainers are best for running?

If you're looking for more of a practical shoe to help reach your fitness goals, we've got you covered. Our Health Editor, Ally Head, has tested lots of sporty styles for you to choose from, and included loads of information on what to look out for in her guide to the best running trainers, so make sure to check that out.

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.