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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 sneakers. Here are the trends to know – and the best ways to style them

L-R: Brie Welch; Giedre Dukauskaite; Lucy Chadwick

Step back in time

Giving us a joyous hit of nostalgia, classic sneaker brands have revived retro silhouettes, such as Nike’s iconic ‘Daybreak’ style. For modern interpretations, Isabel Marant’s ‘Emree’ sneakers have a cool ’80s vibe, while Re/Done’s ’80s basketball trainers with off-white suede make for an elegant take on athleisure. Enhance their old-school vibe by wearing them with trackpants and a cashmere sweater, or elevate them with a silk slip skirt, matching cami and a luxe cardigan.


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.

Charlotte Groeneveld
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 in the gym as you do on the street. 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. Paris-based American designer Rick Owens has joined forces with sustainable sneaker brand Veja to create a sleekly minimalist shoe made from recycled plastic bottles and vegan leather. Wear them with a black slip dress and a matching cashmere knit. Meanwhile, Gucci has teamed up with Disney on a logo-printed tennis sneaker, and Adidas Originals has joined forces with Italian fashion house Missoni on a cool crochet-knit style.

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