A versatile and stylish piece, the trainer has always been a sportswear essential but over the past few years it’s become the new ‘it’ thing of the fashion world. The sporty silhouette has made itself quite at home in the wardrobe’s of the modern man, becoming more than a pair of shoes for footie or the gym. Remember the days when trainers were only worn when playing or ‘representing’ a sport? The trend for designer collaborations and limited editions has made ‘sneakers‘ release dates one of the most anticipated events of the season.

The perspective on fashion is always evolving, we’re moving away from the stereotypes of how we think we should dress, and producing a more open and individual look. For example workwear has relaxed, with many of us dropping the full suit for blazer and jeans. And at the other end of the spectrum you have more gents opting to wear some variation of suiting outside of the office, keeping things smart even at weekends.

The choice in trainers is vast with everything from old school plimsolls to technical sportswear available. What you pair them with is totally up to you, maybe it’s trousers monday to Friday and joggers for the weekend, either way is good but if you’re looking for some inspiration for the season….

The Mid Tops

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Somewhere between street-wear and high fashion sits the mid top, and because of it’s neutral positioning it goes quite nicely with both styles. We’ve gone for something fairly simple, a good pair of skinny jeans, casual shirt and bomber jacket. Playing it cool.

(Filling Pieces, Nudie Jeans, J Lindeberg, Belstaff)

Low Profile

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A great little number, Lacoste always deliver when it comes to a classic white trainer. Nothing to sporty or too funky, just a good set you’ll wear to death. Looks great with a suit…

(Lacoste, Oliver Spencer, J Lindeberg)

Something like Plimsolls

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Remember those black plimsolls you were forced to wear for P.E? Well they got redeveloped awhile back to become the gateway shoe between casual footwear and sports trainers. I wouldn’t go running in them, but they do look good with most things.

(Creative Recreation, Paul Smith Jeans, Burberry Brit)

The Traditional Sportswear

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Brands like Adidas Y3 are always going to stay true to their origins with a strong sporting silhouette. The Y3 boxing trainer is a perfect example of a traditional trainer.

(Y3, Carven, Paul Smith PS)

Conceptual and Creative

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Remodelling the traditional silhouette for something more modern and conceptual. It’s not for everyone, but they do make a statement and are the epitome of modern style.

(Y3, Blood Brother, Y3, Lacoste Live)