Go on, treat yourself.
Great news: the trainer trend is here to stay! These are the details to look out for when investing in your next pair of kicks.
THE 'UGLY' TREND
With the likes of Balenciaga and Raf Simons leading the way, the 'ugly' trainer trend hit the streets as soon as it appeared on the runway. Shunning our previous penchant for 'less is more', the 'ugly' trainer champions all that's unconventional, including super-clunky soles and bold colours. How to wear them? With delicate summer dresses and shorts - opposites attract after all.
The sock-boot trainer flies the flag for futurism with its ultra-streamlined silhouette. Like walking on a cloud, its bouncy, lightweight sole is contrasted with a sleek, stretchy material upper that effortlessly moulds around the foot and up the ankle. Look for embellishments and Velcro straps to add detail, and team them with tailoring and sleek lines.
Thanks to the likes of Rihanna and the resurgence of all things 90s, the gum-sole trainer is set to be key for summer. It's a nod to the skate scene, so choose low-top and creeper silhouettes. Thanks to their tan rubber sole these kicks should stay clean no matter how many times you wear them (a lot, we're guessing), and the neutral base lends itself effortlessly to a range of colourways to suit all outfits. Pair with cut-off denim and a T-shirt for a relaxed look.
A 'safer' take on the 'ugly' trend: the retro trainer. It's time to dig out your old PE kit. Chunky silhouettes, skinny laces and bold and bright colours all come into play for a look that's become a favourite with the street-style set. Why? These are the trainers that will elevate just about every outfit with a touch of the unexpected.
Perfect for summer, ice-cream shades is the colour trend to covet. From bubble-gum pink to pistachio green, trainers have also embraced the candy colour trend that we saw all over the Spring/Summer 2018 runways. So swap your neutral kicks for these sugary shades: not only are they a subtle way to add some colour into your outfits, but they'll also lend a dose of femininity to simple separates.