Now with a cult following, the trainer has graduated from bottom of the gym bag to outfit-maker. Not just for the weekend, sneakers work for a multitude of situations, from smart-casual to contemporary workwear. Cue our favourites…


1. The new neutral

Kurt Geiger London Alvarez Trainers


Pairing with box-fresh trainers is the modern way to do suiting. To pull it off, you need squeaky-clean, neutral kicks.


Kurt Geiger London Alvarez Trainers £89


2. The runner

Calvin Klein Emile Two Tone Runner Trainers


Combining form and function, these high-performance trainers will take you that extra mile. As a bonus, they look pretty slick too.


Calvin Klein Emile Two Tone Runner Trainers £115


3. The understated

Lacoste Court Master Lace Up Trainers


Slot a piece of iconic Lacoste into your footwear repertoire thanks to this simple but effective iteration.


Lacoste Court Master Lace Up Trainers £70


4. The all-rounder

Tommy Hilfiger Tessel 2a Dual Sole Trainers


Purveyors of classic, all-American style, Tommy Hilfiger knows how to make a great trainer.


Tommy Hilfiger Tessel 2a Dual Sole Trainers £105


5. The everyday staple

Dune Tristan Stitch Detail Bumper Trainers


Black is a must for an understated, slip-on-and-go pair that you don’t have to worry about keeping spotless.


Dune Tristan Stitch Detail Bumper Trainers £55


6. The tennis star

Fred Perry Spencer Mesh Sneakers


Taking inspiration from Fred Perry’s championship-winning tennis shoes, these look just as stylish off the court.


Fred Perry Spencer Mesh Sneakers £60


7. The icon

Converse Converse All Star Hi Trainers


One of the most instantly recognisable members of the sneaker crew, Converse high-tops are timeless for a good reason.


CONVERSE ALL STAR HI TRAINERS £47.99


8. The sporty one

Hugo Boss Space Low Print Trainers


Want to look like you’ve just come from a weights session without actually wearing gym clothes? Say hello to sporty-yet-luxe trainers.


Hugo Boss Space Low Print Trainers £139


9. The timeless classic

Polo Ralph Lauren Jermain Premium Leather Cupsole Trainers


Polo Ralph Lauren reimagines the quintessential trainer in this luxurious brown leather update - ideal for channelling a touch of heritage-cool.


POLO RALPH LAUREN JERMAIN LEATHER TRAINERS £119


10. The smart-casual

Ted Baker Xiloto Suede Cupsole Trainers


Trainers are a perfect dress code go-between, and a sure-fire way of downplaying a smart outfit, or sprucing up a casual look, is with a pair in suede.


Ted Baker Xiloto Suede Cupsole Trainers £90