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The ultimate guide to super-cool sneakers

Whether for work or weekends, play time or gym time, these days the sneaker is always a fully acceptable footwear choice. Here are the designs to buy and how to style them now

Track stars
Whether you’re pounding the streets or the treadmill, supportive soles and breathable mesh panels will add comfort to your stride

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 newcomer 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 ‘fashion’ sneakers

In their evolution from gym to off-duty essentials, sneakers have become more experimental in shape and color, with platform sneakers designs the easiest and most comfortable way to boost your style status (and your height). Try Gucci’s colorful and embellished Flashtreks, Balenciaga’s cult Triple S and Track designs, or Calvin Klein’s chunky multicolored numbers, which you can justify by wearing with everything from oversized tailoring to maxi dresses. If subtlety is more your style, look to Chloé’s white Sonnie high-top sneakers or Saint Laurent’s ’90s-inspired Travis sneakers.

Get your kicks
High-fashion sneakers are a cool and comfy alternative to boots and heels
Casual cool
Add a relaxed ease to smart tailoring with a pair of minimalist white sneakers

The everyday designs

While Converse Chuck Taylors and Fila Originals may already feature in your weekend sneaker wardrobe, elevated designs from the likes of Veja, Eytys and Golden Goose make a sports-luxe look easily achievable during the week, too. The beauty of these classic designs lies in their versatility; wear with spring dresses, masculine pants or simply go for the jeans-and a-tee approach. If your office dress code is a little stricter, team a tailored blazer with a midi skirt and Common Projects’ sleek Tournament sneakers, then hold onto a mini bag for an ultra-stylish casual Friday.

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