5 retro trainers we love

20 April 2017 by
First published: 24 January 2017

Check out the 5 retro trainers we love. 

There are some things in life that are classic for a reason. Whatever you call them – sneakers, kicks or runners – trainers have evolved over the years to become a true wardrobe staple, but there are a few that have truly stood the test of time. They’re the timeless kicks that aren’t going out of style and consequently can be paired with pretty much anything. It may not be Thursday, but we’re throwing it back to the footwear classics that continue to shape fashion as we know it. Read on and get retro…

Converse All Star

No matter your style, it’s likely you’ve got a pair of Converse All Stars on your shoe rack – and for good reason. The quintessential, hard-wearing shoes that have been THE basketball trainer since sporting legend Chuck Taylor lent his name and signature to them in 1921, they can, quite simply, make any outfit. Whether you choose low-tops or high-tops, these versatile sneakers have been spanning all styles and generations for a century, and we can’t see them stopping any time soon.
£50, converse.com

Reebok Classics

You don’t get more heritage than the Reebok Classics. Originally a running shoe, they’re renowned for their simplistic style and superior comfort making them an all-time fan favourite. With a soft garment leather upper, die-cut EVA midsole and durable rubber outsole, they’re functional and fashionable – perhaps the reason they’ve survived through trends so effortlessly. Pair with a Nineties-inspired T-shirt and faded denim for the ultimate retro look.
£59.95, reebok.co.uk

Adidas Stan Smith

A mainstay in the sneaker world, adidas labels its Stan Smiths ‘iconic simplicity’ – and we can’t argue with that. Testament to the brand’s enduring quality, they’re officially the best-selling sports shoe since their release in 1971, and their relaunch last year was a cause for celebration for many. Created for tennis star Stan Smith, the original white shoes with green accents quickly transcended the courts and found a home on the streets adorned in new fabrics and colourways. Classics don’t get better than this.
£69.95, adidas.co.uk

Original New Balance

Whether in lifestyle or sport, New Balance continues to nail the trainer market. With the iconic ‘N’ design, its shoes are hard to miss. If you don’t own a pair already, it’s likely they’re on your wish list. And while the latest models such as the Core 996 might well be fashionable, we shouldn’t be forgetting the functional roots that defined the brand. Originally selling arch supports, New Balance knows a thing or two about comfort and support when it comes to athletic footwear. It was also pioneers in offering footwear for those with wider feet; the trainers’ attention to detail and classic style making them as relevant today as they were at the beginning.
£65, newbalance.co.uk

Nike Air Max 1

While they weren’t the first shoe to use Nike’s innovative air cushioning technology, the Nike Air Max 1’s were the first in making it visible back in 1987 with the iconic ‘window’ on the sides of the shoe. Nike Air Max 1 transformed functional footwear – pressurised gas encapsulated in polyurethane offered new levels of comfort, support and performance – but to this day they have also managed to maintain a super-cool edge.
£125, nike.com