Whether you’re on a first date, meeting the in-laws or a potential employer, your shoes can say a lot about you. Too many people fall into the trap of only having shoes for one occasion. You shouldn’t really rock up to the club in a pair of expensive brogues, should you? In recent years we’ve seen the meteoric rise of the fashion trainer. Whether going for cool minimalism or something completely over-the-top, experimenting with casual footwear is not only tolerated, it’s encouraged. If you want something different from the run-of-the-mill styles that dominate the high-street, discover our edit of premium trainer brands.
Originating in Vancouver, People Footwear is on a quest to provide laid-back shoes that work with your lifestyle. Its range of shoes uses progressive manufacturing methods for ‘a lighter, brighter, more comfortable future’. With a textured mesh fabric, this design is a unique and everyday alternative to Converse if you don’t want to follow the crowd.
Our Legacy x Vans
This spring, Vault by Vans collaborates with Stockholm-based menswear powerhouse, Our Legacy to create a 10-piece footwear and 12-piece apparel capsule collection inspired by Californian hardcore punk culture. The offerings include Vans’ classic footwear silhouettes in bold orange, black and white colourways.
Everyone needs a statement pair of shoes, don’t they? Under the creative direction of Sarah Burton, Alexander McQueen has been hailed as one of Britain’s greatest avant-garde labels. True to the legacy of Lee Alexander McQueen, the house continues to deliver exquisite ready-to-wear and couture, alongside a range of instantly recognisable accessories, including trainers. We’re loving this shade of mauve, which ties perfectly into the pink trend that we’re going to see throughout this year.
Hubert de Givenchy began his illustrious career alongside Pierre Balmain, Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaparelli, and opened the house of Givenchy in 1952. Since his retirement in 1995, the brand has been led by a series of renowned fashion designers. This trainer is the perfect example of the ‘fashion trainer’ phenomenon – when a design becomes so popular that it is imitated (copied) by many other designers and brands. You can find pretty convincing imitations of these at COS for a fraction of the price, but nothing beats the original, does it?
Taking a new approach to classic shoe design, Eytys (pronounced ‘eighties’) rose to fame in 2013, updating established shapes with platform soles. An independent brand with big ideas, Eytys creates timeless footwear with a covetably stylish edge. With the finest suedes and strongest soles, it’s definitely worth investing in a pair of these premium trainers
Last but not least is Common Projects. Although I’m sure many of you will be sick of hearing about this New York-based footwear label, it would seem odd not to include them. The brand is a collaboration between creatives Flavio Girolami and Prathan Poopat. Launched in 2004, Common Projects consolidates the duo’s backgrounds in the fashion industry to create a line of effortless, functional footwear. Offering a clean and minimal aesthetic, their shoes are instantly recognisable thanks to the golden-stamped serial code on the heel. The trainers come in a variety of materials and colours, but we think this grey pair are perfect for right now as the Sun (sort of) begins to shine once more. They also have a lovely pink pair, which can be seen in the banner image above.