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11 stylish pairs of trainers to wear with all your favourite dresses this summer

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Make trainers your go-to summer shoes by embracing them with sunshine-ready dresses for an effortlessly put-together look.

Once upon a time trainers may have been solely reserved for sports and gyms but, thankfully, things have changed and now the comfort-first shoes are as much part of our wardrobes as jeans and tailoring.

I don’t know about you, but my love for trainers is down to two key factors. The first being that they’re entirely versatile, and the second being that they make me feel comfortable all day long. So much so, in fact, that there isn’t an outfit I can’t finish off with the right pair of trainers, whether it be a smart tailored look, casual loungewear, or  a dress. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I wore actual shoes because trainers have had my sartorial back for such a long time. 

Street style wearing floral dress and Nike trainers
Street style wearing floral dress and Nike trainers

Trainers with jeans has become a natural default, so has trainers with leggings, wide-legged trousers, slip skirts and denim shorts. But there is something particularly stylish about trainers with dresses. (Thank you, Lily Allen). 

Now, unlike jeans this isn’t a one trainer fits all scenario. There are certain nuances that have to be factored in when deciding which trainers to pair with your dress. You have to consider the length of the dress, the fabric, whether it’s printed or plain, and how much detail there is already on the dress (is it covered in ruffles or is it a simple slip dress?) before working out exactly what kind of trainer will work best. 

Every dress can be finished with a pair of trainers.
Every dress can be finished with a pair of trainers.

A high-top trainer works well with mini dresses as opposed to midi dresses while a chunky trainer looks great with a maxi dress, and if there’s lots going on with your dress, then stick to a classic tennis shoe. Who ever said style was simple?

If you’re ready to take on this key summer style pairing, then we’ve rounded up the best trainers to wear with dresses this summer and… well, forever. 

  • Adidas Ozweego trainers

    Adidas trainers
    Best trainers to wear with dresses: Adidas

    Adidas’ Ozweego was one of its most popular running shoes in the 90s. Now, the shoe has been re-envisioned for leisurewear but maintains the same comfort and cushioning round in the original. One part chunky, one part colourful, this pair is ideal for linen midi dresses.

    Shop Adidas Ozweego trainers, £85

  • Adidas Stan Smith vegan trainers

    Adidas Stan Smith vegan trainers
    Adidas Stan Smith vegan trainers

    It doesn’t get more classic than Adidas’ Stan Smith trainers. Consider these trainers an investment buy as they will work with every single dress in your wardrobe time and time again. 

    Shop Adidas Stan Smith vegan trainers, £75

  • New Balance 827 trainers

    New Balance 827 trainers
    New Balance 827 trainers

    Industry insiders cant get enough of chunky New Balance trainers, so much so, they sell out almost as quick as theyre restocked. Team yours with a floral midi dress for an instant hit of cool. 

    Shop New Balance 827 trainers, £80

  • Clarks Un Maui lace blush trainers

    Clarks trainers
    Best trainers to wear with dresses: Clarks

    Comfort well and truly meets style with Clarks’ leather trainers. Coming in a soft blush pink, we’ll be wearing ours with denim dresses for the day and smart shirt dresses in the evening. 

    Shop Clarks Un Maui lace blush trainers, £75

  • Converse All Star Hi 70s trainers

    Converse floral high top
    Best trainers to wear with dresses: Converse

    Fans of trainers with dresses will know that Converse are always a good idea. Mix up your look by teaming your simple white summer dress with a pair of floral All Stars instead. 

    Shop Converse All Star Hi 70s trainers, £74.99

  • Balenciaga Triple S white mesh and leather sneakers

    Balenciaga Triple S white mesh and leather sneakers
    Balenciaga Triple S white mesh and leather sneakers

    For statement trainers, Balenciaga’s chunky Triple-S continues to rule the footwear game. A firm favourite amongst industry insiders, the newest version of this trainer comes in an easier-to-wear neutral palette. We’ll be wearing ours with a ditsy floral maxi dress. 

    Shop Balenciaga Triple S leather trainers, £650

  • Superga Cotu classic trainers

    Superga canvas trainers
    Best trainers to wear with dresses: Superga

    Italian footwear brand, Superga, are known for their simple canvas shoe, but don’t be fooled: their fashion credentials are right up there thanks to collaborations with Alexa Chung, Mary Katrantzou and LoveShackFancy. Try Superga’s pistachio trainer with an embroidered dress.

    Shop Cotu classic trainers at Superga, £38.50 (previously £55)

  • Veja V-10 trainers

    Veja white trainer
    Best trainers to wear with dresses: Veja

    Meghan Markle, Emma Watson and Victoria Beckham are all fans of vegan footwear brand, Veja. We love the minimalist appeal of this particular pair, which will work perfectly with a brightly coloured maxi dress. 

    Shop Veja V-10 trainers, £115

Images: Getty / courtesy of brands 

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