Once the reserve of gym-goers, trainers have had a major revamp in the past 10 years. Thanks to ex-Celine designer Phoebe Philo’s embrace of minimal white lace ups, and the rise of a certain Scandi influencer aesthetic that sees chunky dad trainers paired with colourful midi skirts and dresses, trainers have never been so fashionable – or versatile.
If you’re looking to expand your own sneaker collection, look no further than our trainer edit. We’ve picked five of our favourite styles by Saint and Sofia, all handmade in Italy by master craft maker who have been producing shoes since 1948.
The Dalston Trainer
The reign of noughties-inspired fashion continues, and a pair of chunky-soled trainers is a necessity for anyone wanting to emulate the Y2K style. Pair with stiff, light-wash denim (opt for a low-rise if you’re feeling particularly daring, exposed G-string very much optional) and a colourful JW-Anderson inspired knit.
The Spitalfields Trainer
It’s official: leopard-print will never go out of style. But, if you’re feeling a little sceptical about embracing the pattern with full force, these trainers are a great place to start. The leopard print front is balanced out with distressed detailing and a classic shape. This pair is guaranteed to become your go-to weekend slip ons.
The Hampstead Trainer
Simple and classic, the Hampstead trainer is evocative of the minimal white lace-ups that have been ubiquitous with the fashion it-crowd for years. A wear-forever style, their versatility means they’ll look as chic with your favourite cashmere joggers as they will with a tailored trouser suit.
The Richmond Trainer
No trainer edit is complete without a little bit of glamour, and the this metallic style will elevate the most simple of looks. Made from a soft Italian leather, the Richmond Trainer offer a smarter alternative to a simple white sneaker. Pair with tapered trousers for work, dark blue denim for dressed-down days, or with leather trousers and a blazer for dinner and drinks.
The Hoxton Trainer
Falling somewhere between a trainer boot and a classic lace up tennis shoe, the Hoxton trainer is a skinny jean’s best friend. They’ll look great with black denim and a simple oversized tee. Or, to really smarten them up, throw on an oversized blazer in a navy or grey check, plenty of statement gold jewellery and a slick of lipstick in a bold deep berry.