Get training for the shops: a sneaker peak at all things trainers!

Here are some top tips for finding your staple pair of trainers from a self-proclaimed trainer-lover

Imogen Smillie
22nd November 2022
Image: Instagram @converse_london
As someone who exclusively wears trainers as their chosen footwear, I almost felt a responsibility to share my limited expertise. But a quick disclaimer, this is coming from a student, and not a hard-core collector!

Personally, from a style point of view, you can never go wrong with a pair of Converse. With what seems to be unlimited colours, and now designs, choosing between the high tops, or just the trainer version, Converse are catering for the masses. My favourite pair at the minute are the classic black high tops with a twist – they have small embroidery embellishments of flowers, stars and more to give them just a pop of colour. This makes them feel like the trustworthy staple style, but with a personal touch. Not to get too ‘TMI’ but I am unfortunately cursed with wider feet (thanks genetics…), so for anyone in my position looking to grab a pair, get them one size bigger than you are. And as a student, head to Schuh for that 10% discount on everything!

Image: Instagram @sneakersnstuff

My favourite pair at the minute are the classic black high tops with a twist – they have small embroidery embellishments

Image: Instagram @slamjam

If you’re searching for a more weather-proof trainer, maybe go leather. These kind do tend to need moulding to your feet to get comfy, however once you’ve worn them in, you’ll never want to take them off. A pair that have lasted me years are my Adidas Superstars (a basic choice, I know). They are now my clubbing shoes as they are easy to wipe up after a night of sticky spillages. In a similar style, there are also the Puma Cali Dream’s with a pastel colour accent. Or keep it classic with Nike Airforce One’s – I won’t discuss the outrageous ‘Jesmond trend’ of making these pristine white trainers muddy, I’ll let you debate that yourselves…

Image: Instagram @sneakersnstuff

And in the spirit of saving a little cash, as always, Primark are brilliant at creating their own cheaper versions of the current in-trend shoe. Recently, I bought a pair that mimic the ‘vintage’ New Balance that are making the rounds once again, but for just £16. Saving and feeling comfortable at the same time? It’s a trainer-lovers dream!

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