We might slowly be transitioning out of our loungewear and into floral dresses, but one thing we’re not ditching just yet is the comfy footwear. And for this weird winter/spring weather, there’s only one thing for it: the very best trainers.
Now I’m not usually one for trainers (give me chunky boots or sandals anytime) but that’s ok, because the biggest fashion houses have convinced me. The likes of Prada, Burberry and Gucci are creating lust-worthy styles season after season, and the sporty footwear has never been so chic.
Furthermore, play your cards right and you might land yourself a worthy investment (the Balenciaga Triple S trainers are still one of the most googled sneaker styles ever and regularly resell at high value).
The appeal is evident – they’re comfortable, fashion-forward and an easy way to dress down an outfit without sacrificing style. This season, it’s all about dressing them down with your favourite jeans and chunky knitwear, but come spring, you’ll need to pair them with a puff-sleeve tulle gown or shorts and a men’s shirt.
Best fashion trainers
For SS21, it’s still all about the retro vibes. We love Prada’s high top sneakers, as well as Alexander McQueen’s lace-up platforms and Gucci’s cherry-embellished tennis shoes. While 90s dad trainers are still all the rage, and you don’t even have to invest in designer styles for those: influencers and editors can’t get enough of the mesh New Balance or Skechers trainers.
If sustainability is high on your agenda (as it should be), I’ve also included plenty of vegan options from the likes of Veja, Waes and Yatay.
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.’
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!’
Best trainers for walking
It depends what kind of walking you’re doing really. If you’re doing a hike, then invest in a pair that’s got good support, like running trainers. If it’s for general walking around town, then anything goes really.
Taking cues from New Balance heritage designs, these casual sneakers for women blend a retro look with modern styling for a versatile and stylish silhouette that keeps your streetwear looking sharp.
Composed of creatively layered uppers and sculptural rubber outsoles, the Game Advance Luxe is set apart by its contemporary look. This sneaker taps into the heritage Lacoste aesthetic, with a definite focus on luxury.
These cult trainers hit the nail of the 00s nostalgia head.
If you're looking for comfortable fashion trainers you can walk to work in, these are it. I love the lattice leather work.
Nike's 'Air Max 95' sneakers are reissued in earthy tones of orange, white and beige but are still recognizable by their classic silhouette.
Balenciaga's now cult trainers come in a fresh new white and translucent look this season.
Because every wardrobe needs a pair of perennially cool white trainers, and this classic style from PUMA never dates.
Following on from the release of the ZX 2K Boost last year, adidas now introduces the ZX 2K Boost Pure to the series. Since its original launch in 1984, the ZX has been at the cutting edge of running shoe design - this time boasting Boost™ technology for the ultimate squishy satisfaction, and a fresh look and feel to the iconic silhouette, coming in seven eye-catching colours.
Smooth leather, shiny patent and snake embossed synthetic and mesh fabric upper in a lace up sporty casual sneaker with stitching and color blocked overlay accents. Air Cooled Memory Foam insole.
Add spring to your stride with the fast, lightweight Ricochet 3. DNA AMP cushioning provides energy return while a sleek upper adds style and comfort.
The style is capped with a matte overshoe inspired by rain boots and a cross-detailed tread referencing our iconic check.
This eco-friendly trainer merges classic lines with minimal ecological impact. A white organic canvas upper with white laces and red natural rubber soles make these 1978 vegan trainers an everyday essential to complete any look.
A colourful cherry patch adds a whimsical note to the House's signature sneaker.
The perfect fashion trainer. Pair it with a flowy floral dress.
These Wheel high-top sneakers have a technical allure and are made of Re-Nylon gabardine: the regenerated nylon fabric that has become an emblem of the brand, produced from recycled plastic trash recovered in the ocean. The footwear is decorated with a removable nylon pouch with zipper and emblematic triangle logo on the front.
This '3-Lock Logo' pair is made from ethically-sourced white leather and has contrasting midnight-blue heel tabs and bright-orange rubber 'V' appliqués.
A classic trainer for those who love dad trainers.
A great fashion trainer, this suede number ticks off this spring/summer’s crayola trend.
The lace up is detailed with a textured rubber wrap and tonal Alexander McQueen signature, finished with a signature ribbon on the heel of shoe.