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The ultimate sneaker guide

The humble sneaker has been elevated beyond the gym floor and on to the runways. Give your WFH ensembles a luxe finish with some box-fresh, fashion-approved trainers. Here are the sneaker trends to know – and the best ways to style them

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L-R: Naomi Chin Wing, Giedre Dukauskaite, Tami Williams

The step-back-in-time sneaker trend

For modern interpretations on retro classics, consider Loewe’s minimalist low tops. Drawing inspiration from ’70s track-style sneakers and ballet pumps, they make for an elegant take on athleisure. Meanwhile, Gucci’s tennis-shoe styles have a brilliantly nostalgic old-school vibe – wear them with trackpants and a cashmere cardigan to nail the Italian maison’s signature ‘preppy-chic’ look.

The ‘fashion’ sneakers

In their evolution from gym to off-duty essentials, sneakers have become more experimental in shape and color, with chunky-soled platform sneakers becoming the easiest and most comfortable way to (literally) boost your style status. Try Balenciaga’s retro-feel metallic ‘Track’ trainers, or Gucci’s cult lug-soled ‘Rhyton’ sneakers, both of which will look great with relaxed tailoring, off-duty denim and even printed dresses.

The everyday designs

Pared-back designs from Bottega Veneta, Common Projects and Alexander McQueen make sports-luxe style easily achievable, every day. The beauty of this sneaker trend is that classic designs boast infinite versatility; wear them with midi dresses, tailored pants or simply go for the jeans-and-a-tee approach.

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Filippa Hägg

The sports stars

When it comes to sneakers you can actually exercise in, there are a variety of choices to make sure you look as good on a run as you do on a rest day. Brands like Adidas Originals and Nike continue to be sporty stalwarts, but APL Athletic Propulsion Labs is also a strong contender, producing forward-thinking, technically refined designs. Team them with workout pieces by Stella McCartney, P.E Nation and The Upside and put them through their paces.

The must-have collabs

There are few things we love more than when two creative minds come together, blending their signature styles into one cool collaboration. First up, Adidas has joined forces with female-empowerment movement Girls Are Awesome to soup up its cult ‘Superstar’ shoe in a pretty dusty pink with bold iridescent panels. Meanwhile, Gucci has teamed up with Disney on a logo-printed tennis sneaker, and Reebok has been enlisting the help of London-based streetwear label Cottweiler since 2017 to blend high fashion with high performance. Show them off with sporty shorts or midi dresses.

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