We all know what a sassy pair of heels can do for your legs, but when you really want to move, trainers are everything. And they’re no longer the commute-only shoe you stash in your bag on arrival, or reserved for track and field. This season, there’s a pair of trainers for every outfit and every occasion.
To help you choose your next great pair, we welcome the doyenne of trainer-wearing, Hannah Rochell A.K.A. En Brogue. The founder of the flat shoe blog EnBrogue.com, acting fashion editor at The London Evening Standard and author of En Brogue: The Trainers Guide shares her favourite kicks of the season.
THE GO-WITH-ANYTHING SNEAKER
“Seven Feet Apart is a new brand with fantastic engineering which makes these some of the most comfortable trainers I’ve ever worn. Not only that, but its ethos is to make timeless styles that will never go out of fashion; as such, these white beauties will go with everything in your wardrobe in theory, for ever.” Seven Feet Apart The Original 172 £125 SevenFeetApart.com
THE RETRO RUNNER
“If you want your feet to do the talking, you can’t beat a pair of yellow kicks. I love the vintage feel of these from Saucony Originals; this style – the Jazz – first made an appearance back in 1981 but looks as good as ever with jeans and a Breton right now.” Saucony Originals Jazz Original Vintage £65 kickslove.com
THE SMART TRAINERS
“If you want a comfortable shoe that’s chic enough to wear to the office as well as being comfortable enough to wear all day, head to Rose Rankin London. The brand’s namesake founder started her shoe business when she felt she couldn’t find comfortable leather shoes that were also fit for the boardroom. Brilliant if you walk to walk and don’t want to change into your “office shoes’ when you get there, dress-code permitting of course.” Rose Rankin Coney Low Top £159 Roserankin.com
THE FLORAL FANCIES
“When the mercury rises but pancake-flat leather sandals just don’t cut it to walk for even moderate distances in, grab some support with a classic pair of Air Max in a floral print. For the most fashion forward flowers, keep to designs with a dark background.” Nike Air Max 90 SE £105 Nike.com
THE SHOE OF THE YEAR
“I first became a fan of the adidas Gazelle in the heyday of Britpop back in 1994. I was so thrilled that the brand brought out so many new colour options this year that I bagged myself four new pairs. You might think this obsessive, but I still have trainers from the mid-Nineties, so I’m just planning ahead! Although it means I can’t really justify getting this amazing orange pair. I particularly like Gazelles because I think their slim fit is really flattering with bare legs, so they’re great for summer.” Adidas Gazelle £75 PamPamLondon.com