What’s your sneaker style?

Whether you’re a work at home in joggers guy or a suited and booted office gentleman, there is one item that every man should own; the sacred trainer.

The revival of the casual, dressed down aesthetic has established a mass of stylish shoes that are comfortable and practical. From the tennis court shoe to the traditional sports sneaker, this season there is a trainer for every man. With trainers at the heart of youth culture since the youthquake of, the 60s it’s time to embrace your younger counterpart as we show you how to wear your kicks.




Get the look– from left: Adidas black ‘Vineo Court’ striped trainers, Adidas blue suede ‘VLNeo’ court trainers, Nike white ‘Court Majestic’ trainers. 

Household names Adidas and Nike have always been at the top of everyone’s trainer lust list. Earlier this year, Adidas captured the fashion world with a re-release of their tennis inspired Stan Smith sneaker. The minimalist, pure white shoe has since influenced many sports shoe ranges and the stark white court style is coveted by Kanye West and the most trendy fashion editors.

The vintage trainer really does know how to attract the fashion crowd, with the Adidas gazelle also a popular choice back in the 80s as well as today. The gazelle was launched as a football shoe and has become synonymous with casual football clothing as well as Noel Gallagher who is well known for his obsession with retro trainers. Style yours with a simple all black look and add a Harrington jacket for a touch of nostalgic chic.




Get the look-from left: Converse wine ‘all star’ low top trainers, Vans navy blue suede trainers, Vans black canvas lace-up trainers. 

The Americans are well known for their effortless, preppy daytime style and some of the most widely worn trainers –Converse, New Balance and Vans to name a few- have originated from across the Atlantic.

Since becoming the number one basketball shoe, Converse has been worn by rock stars and boy bands alike. Similarly Vans started as a cult skater shoe and has now been endorsed by everyone from sports stars to the tweens of today.  The simple lace-up styles are versatile options that can be worn with almost any outfit. Look to chinos, checked shirts and denim jackets for a fail-safe combination when paired with block coloured or muted navy lace-ups.




Get the look-from left: Nike black ‘Flex Experience 3’ trainers, Merrell red mesh lightweight trainers, Nike blue ‘Flex Experience 3’ trainers. 

For those who live an active lifestyle a trainer may be regarded as a practical necessity not a fashion hero. But with the latest high performance designs from Nike and co. in bold colours and innovative designs, you can have fashion credibility on the streets as well as the treadmill. If vintage doesn’t interest you than this is the option for you.

Opt for a cool monochrome trainer for an effortless street style look or choose a bright colour for a unique style that separates you from the dorky Steve Jobs normcore crowd. The multi-purpose shoe can be worn at the gym and in the day with dark indigo jeans and a cult sweatshirt for an off-duty sports star vibe à la David Beckham.

Whether talk of 80s casuals has got you reminiscing of your rowdy youth or you’re looking to invest in the most modern design, you’re sure to find a style to rekindle your love of the sneaker. Which one will you choose?

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(Images courtesy of mosttrends.info, wwd.com, thesartoralist.com, solecollector.com, shoepalace.com, shop.vans.com, hellofashionblog.com, canalmasculino.com.br)

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