With the rising popularity of trainers in modern menswear, and the fact that nearly every brand on the high street is looking to cut themselves a piece of the action, this week we’re giving you a run-down of the best kicks worth having in your arsenal, the classic must-haves that will never go out of style.
Nike can often be a touchy subject with trainer aficionados due to their focus on the technical aspect of design, however one shoe whose quality is never questioned is the Internationalist. Originally designed as a standard reliable running shoe, it is now an everyday trainer for those gents who prioritise comfort as well as style, bringing a certain degree of class to any outfit.
If you’re looking for a pair of white leather trainers then look no further than Reebok Classic (they are referred to as simply ‘Classics’ for a reason). Now you might be worrying about your new white kicks getting dirty, no worries, these respond well to a good wipe clean, and you’ll even be grateful; the white leather will take on a whole life of it’s own, gaining character with each and every wash.
Ignoring Pharrell and his plethora of rainbow alternatives cluttering up your shoe rack, the recent high street revival of the Stan Smith has done nothing to stem its favour with trainer fans. Named after the legendary American tennis player Stan Smith, the shoe still retains his iconic status even in 2015, with it’s green and white colourway slotting easily into a variety of looks with ease.
A favourite since the late ‘60’s, the Gazelle offers an iconic yet low-profile silhouette. Its simplicity and lightweight construction makes it an essential purchase, especially if your year abroad sees you heading off to warmer climates. There is no better trainer to team with a pair of shorts; it’s palette of one/two block-colours combined with a striking gum sole proves a perfect accompaniment to a pair of long-hidden shins.
You might at first consider these a little awkward looking but this tall, impressive trainer is duvet-soft and comes in a killer line of standout hues. Flashes of colour combined with minimal shades make them a comfortable favourite for those wanting to stand out, in a tasteful way. Yes, they do come with a hefty price tag, however what’s a student loan if it’s not meant to be spent in style?