The 5 best sports trainers you can wear in and out of the gym
The trainer’s meteoric rise from sportswear reserve to fashion focal is well documented. No longer kept to the track, field or gym, any glance around the world’s most stylish metropolises reveals a new lease of life for this activewear mainstay; fashion’s elite have taken to them and the trickle down effect is evidently in full flow. Everyone from Tom Ford to Valentino have introduced a rubber sole to their collections and the once-humble trainer has seen its status elevated in the wardrobe. Now paired with everything from suits to sweatshirts, it’s not just the clean white, pared back options that are pounding the streets on the fashion cognoscenti’s feet – bolder more athletic takes are on the rise.
Using the sports giant’s signature lightweight mesh material, the simplistic look is complimented by boundless comfort and breathability. Built for long-distance runners with a specialised carbon rubber heel support and responsive ‘Lunarlon’ sole, they’ll look just as good with some dark denim and a shirt.
Part of a collaboration with Japanese brand Kolor, the Adidas Ultra Boost gives a literal spring to your step. The colour scheme is bold but not unwearable and the primeknit upper is supremely comfortable.
Adidas By Kolor Ultra Boost Low-Top Trainers, £170.00
An old-school, retro looking shoe, it may not be ideal for running but makes a great anchor for weightlifting and the like. The burgundy colourway is perfectly autumnal whilst the suede-look overlays add a tactile touch.
New Balance 373 Trainers, £55.00
First created in 1968, the Gazelle is an iconic shoe that has more stood the test of time. A favourite of indoor sports players, namely five-a-side football, it’ll support a suit just as well as a pair of shin pads.
Adidas Gazelle OG Shoes, £67.00
The Japanese sportswear purveyors have built a reputation on great functioning athletic accessories. The Gel-Lyte III has more lifestyle leanings, with the split tongue a particularly unique detail; the upper is breathable but with suede panels for style and whilst not an athletic shoe per se, it would certainly fit in around the gym.