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The Sneaker Shortlist

 

Sneakers – once a humble piece of sports kit, now an anytime, anywhere sartorial essential. But it’s not a one size fits all scenario, so here’s our guide to narrowing down the playing field…

By Hollie Moat

The Fashion Addict’s Choice

You’re… the man who knows his Ami Alexandre Mattiussi from his Alexander Wang – you can’t get enough of fashion’s most celebrated labels, and the sneakers in your wardrobe will have to live up to couture-like standards.

So go for… Burberry Prorsum – the pinnacle of modern English style, one of London Fashion Week’s crown jewels. These wildly colourful, hand-painted training shoes exude designer Christopher Bailey’s aesthetic of the season – adventurous British explore.

Or one of these:

DOLCE & GABBANA

panelled sneakers

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MAISON MARGIELA

concealed vamp sneakers

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BURBERRY PRORSUM

'The Field' sneakers

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CHRISTOPHER KANE

pages print sneakers

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The Sports Champion

You’re… chic, athletic, and always ready for action – the sports arena is your spiritual home, but you want to look good there. And why not, sport and fashion make for highly compatible bedfellows after all!

So go for… By now, practically everyone on the planet knows Nike’s prowess for creating innovative, effective sportswear. And these ‘Air Huarache’ sneakers were designed by Nike god, and inventor of the first pair of cross-training shoes, Tinker Hatfield.

Or one of these:

REEBOK

'Insta Pump' sneakers

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NIKE

'Roshe Flyknit' sneakers

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ADIDAS

'Tubular' sneakers

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NEW BALANCE

panelled logo sneakers

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The Gateway Shoe

You’re… someone who favours relaxed tailoring or timeless elegance over sports luxe – strictly speaking, you’re not really a sneaker man. And yet you know that their comfort and versatility make them an absolute wardrobe essential.

So go for… Stan Smiths are basically the crisp white shirt of the trainer world, and this pared-down pair are sleek, understated, and unlikely to date. Plus they’ve been co-designed by the oft-suited and booted Pharrell Williams.

Or one of these:

SWEAR

'Fun 36' sneakers

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TOD'S

slip-on sneakers

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BUTTERO

contrast panel sneakers

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CONVERSE

'Jack Purcell' sneakers

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The Collectable

You’re… a sneaker obsessive who knows about every new must-have that hits the internet. You positively cherish your carefully curated cupboard full of boxed sports shoe treasures, and a new addition to the haul is your idea of nirvana.

So go for… one of Raf Simons for Adidas’s new offerings. The Dior darling’s design talent combined with a sneaker giant is always special, but his Japanese-inspired, runway referencing take on the boundary pushing ‘Bounce’ shoe is positively iconic.

Or one of these:

PUMA X ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

'Move-Hi' sneakers

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Y-3

'Qasa' sneakers

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PIERRE HARDY

'3D cube' hi-top sneakers

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CAMPER TOGETHER X BERNHARD WILLHELM

'Hyper' hi-top sneakers

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The SS15 Special

You’re… a sartorial Goldilocks. When it comes to sneakers you want something that’s sporty but fashion-forward, luxurious yet laid-back. You want to look smart and stylish but, most importantly – like you’re not trying too hard.

So go for… Lanvin’s contrasting hi-top, it’s what a savvy dresser might call the platonic ideal of a trainer. It looks authentically athletic, but the mix of textures and attention to detail give it that added bit of catwalk classiness.

Or one of these:

THE LAST CONSPIRACY

'Dagur' hi-top sneakers

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RAF SIMONS

velcro strap hi-top sneakers

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MAISON MARGIELA

'Scuba' sneakers

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN

contrast panel hi-top sneakers

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