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Kick off spring in style with a pair of super-cool new season trainers. Here are our 9 faves - plus how to wear them when you're not heading to the gym.

If you’ve always thought of trainers as strictly gym-only, it’s definitely worth having a look at the latest styles on offer.  They’re ideal for giving a formal look a bit of edge – when it’s bare legs weather, We’re big fans of the midi-dress/white trainers combo, and we think they look chic with a trouser suit too. And of course there’s nothing better to wear for running for the train. Or away from the children (JOKE! Although…)

Our new favourite brand, and the one currently shodding the trotters of all our fashion editor pals, is San Fran start-up Allbirds.  The pleasingly minimal, unisex designs in a muted colour palette are made from sustainable materials, including wool and eucalyptus tree pulp. They’re also ridiculously comfortable and machine washable. Basically they’ve got oodles of both style and substance.

And talking of sustainability, check out Veja. Every twentysomething actress we’ve interviewed in the last couple of years has been wearing these, thanks to their vegan and Fairtrade creds. If you’re a fan of New Balance, we think you’ll like their aesthetic. Now & Other Stories has started stocking the brand so they’re finally on the high street.

One of Muddy’s fave hair colourists wears only trainers because she’s on her feet all day and she’s always clad in fabulous Louboutin ones  (yes, he does make trainers).


Her theory is that it’s better to splurge on show-stopping designer kicks rather than designer heels as the former’s cost-per-wear is so much more palatable.

The big labels are focused on what Vogue calls the turbo trainer right now, i.e. big ol’ chunky ’90s styles such as these Gucci clod-hoppers.

For £760 we would want it made very clear what label we’d bought from too though we’re not entirely convinced of their aesthetic appeal. To nail the designer trend in a more palatable way, you might prefer these less spendy, less scary Isabel Marant ones.

As a nod to the chunkier look, we’ve actually been digging out our ancient ’90s Nikes – you could ease in with these Nike Air Max which you too might have worn back in the day.

Then there’s the high street which is actually surprisingly good at trainers these days. Nowt wrong with this simple striped pair though and they’re an absolute steal at £25.

Elsewhere there’s more to LK Bennett than ladylike courts as you can see …

these retro Boden ones
, below, comes in three colourways.

Race you to the shops!

Words @Kerry_Potter

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