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 City Voyager 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. 

Tommy Hilfiger, City Voyager Trainers, £115


2. High-cut

Reebok Exofit Hi Top Trainers


One of our favourite shoes debuted at Paris Fashion Week Men's this January was Matthew Williamson’s collaboration with Nike Air Force 1 featuring a high-top silhouette and a chunky belt round the top. This Reebok pair have the same look and are well worth investing in – with no faff or waiting necessary.

Reebok, Exofit Hi Top Trainers, £69.99


3. Muted

PS by Paul Smith Troy Contrast Sole


There’s something lovely about a minimalist sneaker. This one is fuss-free, simple, effective and unquestionably useful as it will go with everything – and we mean everything – in your weekend wardrobe. We dare you to test out our claim.

PS by Paul Smith, Troy Contrast Sole, £145


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, £74.99


5. Retro

Levi's Wishon Trainers


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

Levi's, Wishon Trainers, £75


6. Running



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.

Puma, LQD CELL TENSION Trainers, £79.99


7. Heritage

Asics Japan Trainers


ASICS are known for their technical shoes but here have taken all that expertise and channelled it into aesthetics with a heritage-inspired design. This shoe's ideal for weekend brunching and munching when actual running is the last thing on your mind.

Asics, Japan Trainers, £59.99


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, £120


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 GUESS pair that have just enough logos to keep us happy and just few enough logos that your parents won’t raise their eyebrows.

GUESS, New Glory Trainers, £75


10. Classic

Adidas Pace VS Men's Trainers


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

Adidas, Pace VS Men's Trainers, £42.99