10 best men’s trainers

Who would have thought that the humble trainer would cause such a flurry? The drop dates, the collaborations, the waitlists… it can be hard to keep up. So, we’ve done the legwork for you and pulled together the editor-approved sneakers to invest in right now. You are welcome.

 

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1. Chunky

Tommy Hilfiger Trainers

 

When Balenciaga’s pumped-up Triple S sneaker walked down the runway in 2017 it was met with initial trepidation. Fast-forward to now and chunky trainers are so part of fashion’s psyche that it would be rude not to have a pair in your collection. 


Mercer, Wooster 2.0 Trainers, £199

 


2. High-cut

Reebok Exofit Hi Top Trainers


High-top trainers have had something of a resurgence over the past two years - a love only fuelled more by the lock-down Netflix hit The Last Dance. This season, we're switching it up for a canvas pair from Tommy Jeans, complete with cool white stitching and their signature flag. 


Tommy Jeans, High-Top Trainers, £70

 


3. Muted - with a twist

PS by Paul Smith Troy Contrast Sole

 

There’s something lovely about a low key sneaker. This one comes with some added design touches - a thick sole, suede detailing and an eye-catching red tongue. The good news is, it will go with pretty much everything – and we mean everything – in your weekend wardrobe. We dare you to test out our claim.


Loyalti, Deuces Trainers, £90

 


4. Trail

Salomon, XA Bondcliff 2 Trail Running Shoes

 

Performance-based footwear brands such as Salomon have come to the fore of late. Trail runners are part of a wave of dadcore that’s seen dad jeans, dad vests and quintessentially not fashionable but now fashionable trainers come out on top.


Salomon, XA Bondcliff 2 Trail Running Shoes, £54.99

 


5. Retro

Asics Lyte

 

Throwback styles are in. The '90s have been key and the '00s are set to have a resurgence this year. This great-all-rounder Asics' pair have us thinking we’ve just stepped into an old-school American high school. As the cool kid, of course.


Asics, Lyte III OG Sneakers, £95

 


6. Running

Asics Gel Nimbus 22 Trainers

 

Sometimes trainers are needed for actual exercise and when such taxing tasks are in order, a trainer that’s made with a complex cushioning system will help no end.


Asics, Gel Nimbus 22 Men's Running Shoes, £124

 


7. Classic

Fred Perry Leather Trainers

 
You can always count on Fred Perry to deliver a timeless pair of trainers that will work for a multitude of sartorial situations. Featuring their signature logo in a clean, soft leather, this shoe's ideal for weekend brunching and munching when actual running is the last thing on your mind.


Fred Perry, Fred Leather Trainers, £75

 


8. Hiking

Tommy Jeans Expedition Trainers

 

Mountaineering elements have been a key feature in footwear trends of late and this Tommy Hilfiger pair give a very wearable take on the trajectory. Note the subtle expedition-based details and the sole that’ll power you through your weekend plans.


Tommy Jeans, Expedition Trainers, £60

 


9. Logomania

GUESS New Glory Trainers

 

Part and parcel of the ‘90s resurgence, in-your-face logos are very much on-trend. We’re fans of this BOSS pair that have just enough logos to keep us happy and just few enough logos that your parents won’t raise their eyebrows.


BOSS, HBB Element Run AOP Sneakers, £139

 


10. Icons

Adidas VL Court 2 Suede Shoes

 

Iconic shapes have become very cool, and with plenty of new stuff happening with adidas at the moment – the Jonah Hill collaboration for one – we’re getting very excited and putting on our Three Stripes right now.


Adidas, VL Court 2 Suede Shoes, £45