Trainers are fashion’s biggest crush – and they’re not just taking over your weekend wardrobe. After reading this, you’ll want to wear them to work, too.
There was a time when you’d only pair trainers with workwear in order to get to and from the office in a timely fashion. The shoes in question lacked any kind of excitement: often of the performance variety, they were stashed away in a backpack and swapped for a pair of spindly heels as soon as you reached your desk.
But that time is over. Rejoice! Trainers are no longer just for a comfortable (and speedy) commute to work. Whether it’s a slick white leather trainer with a trouser suit or a chunky dad-like style with a floral skirt and trench coat, the right pair of sneakers has the power to transform your workwear wardrobe.
Still don’t believe us? We’ve put five trainer-based work looks together so you don’t have to.
Chic minimal trainers are perfect with navy tailoring.
Navy corduroy blazer, £150, arket.com
Floral-print silk shirt, £280, Equipment at harveynichols.com
Wide leg corduroy trousers, £79, arket.com
Tan patent tote bag, £89, finerylondon.com
Leather low-top trainers, £475, Jil Sander at matchesfashion.com
Dress It Up
Toughen up a floral dress with a leather or suede style.
Floral dress, £49, topshop.com
Leather jacket, £330, whistles.com
Dark green bucket bag, £36, next.co.uk
Cat eye shape sunglasses, £150, Karen Walker Eyewear at matchesfashion.com
Black leather trainers, £90, veja-store.com
Sport sneakers work best with a wide-leg cropped trouser.
Pleated checked top, £39.99, zara.com
Cropped wide leg trousers, £435, Sea NY at matchesfashion.com
Double drop gold earrings, £165, Leigh Miller at net-a-porter.com
Pebbled shopper, £17.99, mango.com
Khaki suede trainers, £64.99, Nike at office.co.uk
A dad trainer plus trench is the ultimate in effortless cool.
Classic white t-shirt, £45, Hanes x Karla at matchesfashion.com
Wrapover floral skirt, £17.99, hm.com
Hooded trench coat, £99, marksandspencer.com
Thunder electric trainers, £130, Puma at farfetch.com
Elevate simple separates with matching pearl details.
Pearl detail shirt, £195, motherofpearl.co.uk
Wide leg trousers, £55, monsoon.co.uk
Gold hoop earrings, £150, monicavinader.com
Cross body bracelet bag, £178, jcrew.com
Pearl embellished trainers, £765, Gucci at matchesfashion.com