The weather is very slowly — one degree at a time, it seems — starting to warm up. And, although we’re all looking forward to some proper sunshine, we know that spring can be an extremely volatile time when it comes to weather.
And that’s why we’ve been on the hunt for a pair of sturdy spring trainers; sneakers that will stand up to April showers as well as they’ll turn heads at the height of summer. Below, you can find a list of the lace-ups that met our exacting criteria — shoes that’ll look good this season, next season and for many seasons to come…
The breathable one: North 89 No-2
The primary cause of foot odour is sweat. And, when it gets hot, wearing a leather trainer can mean you’ll cause an entire room to hold their collective noses when you slip them off. A breathable sneaker, then, is a must — and the perforated upper on this North 89 is perfect for the job.
If you’re in need of a lighter option for your feet, you can pick up a pair of these sleek sneakers in our very own online store. Just click the link below and get them delivered straight to your door. They even come with an extra pair of waxed cotton laces to give them a refresh down the line.
North 89 No-2
The Scandi one: CQP Racquet White
Designed from the ground up at their headquarters in Stockholm, these deconstructed leather trainers have a simplicity to them that could only have come from our Swedish cousins.
Handcrafted in Porto, these trainers are put together with great care and that approach is evident as soon as you slip them on. From arch support built up from layers of cushioning to a supple Italian leather upper, this is a slick sneaker design.
CQP Racquet White
The tennis-inspired one: ETQ LT 01 White
You might not want to play tennis in these now but the vintage courtside style is something we are very much in favour of this season. The low cut silhouette makes these extremely versatile, able to wear them formally or more casually.
We love the simplistic design of these, with very little in the way of added extras makes this something we can see ourselves wearing everyday without a worry.
ETQ LT 01 White
The technical one: Tod’s Sneakers in Leather
They may appear to be standard leather trainers, but Tod’s sneakers are made with technical fabric inserts which help keeps these shoes comfortable and flexible without breaking in the leather.
And, while the brand may be better known for their driving shoes, they’ve taken those embossed rubber pebbles that make them so recognisable and put them to good use on these trainer’s heels. It’s a subtle nod to the heritage, and one that steps these kicks up to the next level.
Tod’s Sneakers in Leather
The cult classic: Common Projects Achilles
If one trainer brand can be labelled as spearheading the casualwear trend of the last couple of years, then surely Common Projects has to be that brand. Their minimalist style, along with their high level of craftsmanship, have earned them their cult status in the streetwear community.
Pair these with your denim jeans and a Scandi-style overshirt for the relaxed office look, one that tells everyone you’re ready for business — but still have a creative flare.
Common Projects Achilles
The classically styled one: Rubirosa Odile low white
Made in some of the most storied, experienced workshops in Italy, these trainers are created with some serious sartorial pedigree. Styled with broguing to add a touch of class, these sneakers snarl in the face of those who brand athleisurewear ‘too informal’.
The inner of the shoe is created using vegetable tanned leather, a material that guarantees a natural environment for the foot. Keeping you comfortable is a priority for these effortlessly stylish sneakers — but, as you can see, they’re not slacking on style either.
Rubirosa Odile low white
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