Whilst many of our more traditional readers may scoff at the idea of wearing trainers, there’s no denying their timeless appeal if chosen well. A clean, simple pair can add an element of nonchalance to your weekend attire, and now summer is just around the corner there’s no better time to invest. Here are six classic trainers for the modern gentleman.
Navy is a colour we can all get on board with and these Common Projects trainers make extensive use of it. The no-fuss upper has minimal detailing other than the signature gold writing imprinted on the heels, and the deep blue soles add a subtle contrast befitting of the pared-back brand.
Common Projects Achilles Canvas Trainers, £260 from Mr Porter
Jack Purcells are one of our favourite trainer styles thanks to their impressive history, clean aesthetic and affordable price tag. They were originally designed by the eponymous badminton player of the 1930s, and now they’re available in a range of colours and finishes including this snazzy grey textured canvas pair.
Jack Purcell Canvas by Converse, £65 from Reiss
If you appreciate the quality of a benchmade pair of oxfords, then you’ll love the attention to detail that ETQ apply to their luxurious trainers. This pair is constructed from a butter-soft nubuck leather and features dark chrome eyelets with a rich blueberry-coloured rubber sole. The laces are waxed too to ensure their longevity and the shoes come presented in a dust bag, similar to those oxfords.
Low 1 Blueberry Ton-Sur-Ton, €220 from ETQ
The definitive plimsoles, Supergas can be worn with practically anything. Having been around since 1911, they are a venerable Italian classic and like many other quality items, they’ll only get better with wear and tear.
2750 Cotu Classic, £45 from Superga
Converse’s Chuck Taylor is the Grandad of all sneakers. Whether you go high or low-top, you’ll be investing in a timeless shoe that will serve you well for years. For a slightly more contemporary aesthetic, this pair is finished in blue suede but you should treat them with the same age old Converse mindset; that is, wear them down to the ground.
Converse 1970s Chuck Taylor Suede High Tops, £80 from Mr Porter
Another perennial icon is the Adidas Stan Smith trainer. In simple white leather with their trademark perforated side panels, Stan Smiths have made somewhat of a mainstream comeback as of late, but if you’re thinking of investing you can rest assured knowing that they’ll never fall out of favour.
Adidas Stan Smith, £64.99 from Selfridges