While fashion trends may come and go, one thing is for certain: trainers are forever.
Contrary to the fashion industry’s penchant for constant change, the sneaker continues to reign as the cult-worthy shoe of choice.
And if , to paraphrase Carrie Bradshaw, you prefer your money where you can see it – in your shoe collection, you may already own an enviable quantity of footwear favourites. But, finding that perfect pair that are in equal parts comfortable as they are stylish is no mean feat.
Your no-fuss footwear hoarde may currently be composed of a mix of your long loved weekend trainers – threadbare, dirty and covered in the remnants of your rainy park warlk, and your clean, classic and elegant sneakers religiously kept fresh with baby wipe showers - but they may be missing a crucial piece.
Your next investment needs to come in the form of an all-rounder that will keep up with your new found lockdown passion for walking - while also ready for the grand return of your fast-paced lifestyle.
We’ve laced this list with trainers that you wear all day long as you get in your 10,000 steps without causing blisters or rubbing - but still have serious style credentials.
These versatile and unpretentious silhouettes will be a shoe in as you can put your best foot forward.
Nike ACG Air Nasu GORE-TEX
Not your run-of-the-mill Nikes, these trainers are kitted out with an innovative construction that will offer both comfort and support throughout your walk. The trainers are a cross between a classic walking boot with hiking details like the laces and Gore-Tex lining and a sleek pair of sneakers with the sophisticated silhouette and logo Swoosh.
New Balance Made in UK 920 nubuck and mesh trainers
Step out for your daily walk, but make it fashion. These New Balance trainers turn the classic sportswear silhouette on its head for a truly modern, street style-ready shoe that will elevate just about any ensemble.
Reebok Zig Dynamica Shoes
These trainers from the sportswear giants offer the often contradicting features of subtle yet statement. The upper is monochromatic black and classic Reebok to a tee, but the sole is bold and bright with an on-trend neon mint zigzag design.
Adidas QT Racer 2.0 Shoes
Kitted out with the brand’s Cloudfoam midsole and cushioned sockliner, these are the supportive shoes that will carry you through your daily strolls and beyond. The design is classic and minimalistic but they are offered in a range of colours to suit all tastes.
Veja V-10 Trainers
French footwear label Veja has become a go-to for the fashion set for a comfortable shoe that will look chic with any outfit. The design is versatile with subtle branding at the side that offers a pop of colour.
Golden Goose Superstar distressed leather sneakers
High fashion trainer label Golden Goose is best known for its distressed designs that avoid that dreaded ‘too new’ look. The brand uses premium Italian craftsmanship to create its super comfortable shoes that you can wear with just about any outfit to bring a chic finishing touch.
APL Athletic Propulsion LabTechLoom Phantom sneakers
APL was actually banned from the NBA in 2011 because of the competitive advantage it gave to players. The shoes feature a minimalistic design with a cushioned sole and neoprene tongue for comfort as well as a subtly textured outsole for added grip. They are also available in the burgundy hue.
Nike Pegasus Trail 2 GORE-TEX
Nike’s Pegasus sneaker has you covered no matter what the British weather throws at you. Say goodbye to rain checks, they have a waterproof exterior and a tracked outsole so you can don for walking, running, hiking or any outdoor adventuring.
Asics Gel-Kayano 5 OG trainers
With a vibrant colour combination, these are the standout shoes you need to add to your sneaker collection. The trainers take their cues from the Asics archives as they were first released in 1999. They feature a padded ankle, oversized tongue and unique cord lacing design.
Motivated to create “better things in a better way”, Allbirds takes its inspiration from natural materials. The eco-friendly sneakers are composed of soft merino wool and the laces from old plastic bottles. As comfortable as they are stylish, they have added cushioning and support that feel like you are walking on a cloud and are available in a range of colours.