Trainers – The ultimate guide

The best trainers can split opinions across dinner tables. They can have you staring for hours on end deciding which trainers to buy and they can vary in their prices, quality and style. But the indisputable fact we can all agree on is that we cannot get enough of them. The comfortable shoe, once reserved for sports, has become a staple fashion item in the nation’s wardrobes.

Fashion has been a major player in the transition of trainers from the court to the street. Trainers allow us to inject something different to our outfits. It’s a personal statement of individuality and a shared passion at the same time. Nostalgia also counts for a huge amount. We all have a real source of affection for the brands and the shoes we wore growing up. Certain shoes can remind you of a particular hero, certain brands represent a particular sport. As if slipping on a pair of Puma Kings will give you the superhero powers of Maradona. (We still believe this).

Adidas trainer

Styles of Trainers


  • Hi-tops extend over the ankle and are quickly becoming one of the most popular casual footwear styles.
  • They began life providing extra ankle support to athletes and has quickly been adopted as a fashion statement in its own right.
  • They can bring a fresh look to an outfit and are super stylish.


  • Pretty self-explanatory. No laces, easy to slip on.
  • This super casual style is in line with its relaxed, skater-boy roots from the 1960s. Suited to warm-weather looks such as light-weight chinos, shorts and jeans.
  • Opt for a canvas version in beige, black, grey or navy for optimal wearability.

Fashion trainers

  • An athletic version of trainers that are more geared towards fashion than sports.
  • Having a pair can get you through all manners of low-key events that call for a smart-casual dress code.

The gym trainer

  • You can find gym-style trainers on the streets as much as on the treadmill these days.
  • In heavy gym sessions – especially on the treadmill- your best bet is some dedicated shoes to avoid injury.
  • They look just as stylish and your Achilles will thank you.

The white trainer

We feel this deserves its own category. It’s so fundamental to our wardrobe now that it sits up there with the basics…Coat? Check. Hat? Check. Head screwed on? Check. White sneakers? Check.

  • Crisp white sneakers are a do-it-all footwear that can be dressed up or down accordingly.
  • They work perfectly as a signature item, so they should be kept as clean as possible.
  • Pair your white sneaks with slim, skinny or tapered black jeans, which create a fabulous contrast.
  • Avoid over-doing it on the accessories too. They are the focal point of your outfit, so the same rules apply if you’re wearing a pair of Nike Hi-tops, an Adidas runner or converse.

What to look for

When it comes to trainers, you will always be able to find the right pair for you. The key is knowing what to look for when you’re trying them on or trawling through endless online stores and spiralling into a black hole of multiple tabs open.


Ever lied to yourself that your new shoes aren’t too small? Wincing in pain when you put them on and cursing the shoe devils that are piercing your poor toes every step you make? Try to avoid this.

  • If your feet seem ‘between’ sizes and you can’t decide which size to select, we suggest you choose the larger size. You can adjust for a better fit with socks, insoles, or a different lacing pattern.
  • Your left and right feet may differ in length or width as much as a full size. Be sure to measure and try shoes on both feet, and always buy shoes to fit your larger foot.
  • Your heel should fit snug with no slipping and you should have enough room in the toe box to wiggle your toes.

Looking after your trainers

It’s a particularly gut-wrenching feeling when you get mud all over your box-fresh trainers, especially if they fall under the ‘white’ or ‘suede’ category. But do not fear. Grab yourself a bowl of warm soapy water, a bristle brush and a cloth. Dip the brush in the water and give the shoes a solid scrubbing. Dip the cloth in the water and wipe all over. Et voila!

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