The trainers to buy if you want people to think you know about trainers

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Be in the know with which stylish trainers will guarantee you the biggest cool points this season. 

The trainer market is at peak product with every brand (performance or not) offering up a comfortable and cool solution for your feet. With Instagram telling you a new ‘coolest trainer to buy now’ every hour on the hour the choice can get a little overwhelming.

You want something that is more in the know than your bog-standard choices, but not something so bold that you can’t wear them to brunch. You’re looking for trainers that are chunky enough for people to know you are ticking off a trend, but not so chunky you trip over your feet on the way to the tube (we have all been there).

You know about Nike x Off-White and you’re into the trainers, but the likelihood of you being awake at 8am on a Saturday morning to try and cop a pair is slim. You’ve seen the Sean Wotherspoon Air Max 97s on Instagram but you don’t really know who Sean Wotherspoon is. You like Converse but you’ve been wearing the same black high tops for the past ten year and you’re ready to mix it up.

We have got you covered, consider this your cheat sheet to the trainers and sneakers to buy if you want people to think you’re a die-hard trainer …but actually you’re only 1% sneakerhead (like the rest of us). 

White Adidas Yung-1 trainer

The only trainer to be seen at the fashion weeks just gone was the Adidas Yung 1. Show-goers opted for the bright orange and red versions but for longevity opt in for this cream colour way. 

Adidas Yung-1 trainer in white & beige, £99.95 

JW Anderson x Converse Black High Top

If you’re a Chuck Taylor fan then this is the sneaker for you. Elevate your trainer game with this classic designer offering from JW Anderson for Converse. Just as easy to wear as the originals and ticking off the logo trend, win win. 

JW Anderson x Converse black high tops in black, £90

Axel Arigato Tech Runner Leather And Suede Sneakers

Ease yourself into the chunky trainer trend with this Axel Arigato pair. The luxe finish and autumnal multi colour way makes for a cool addition to your seasonal wardrobe. 

Axel Arigato Tech Runner Leather And Suede Sneakers, £225 

Balenciaga Triple S low-top trainers

If you really want to commit to being in the trainer know, look no further than a Balenciaga Triple S. Crossing off both chunky and dad trainer in one swift sell-out move, serious faux sneakerheads need not look any further. 

Balenciaga Triple S low-top trainers, £615 

Air Max 97 Plus leather and mesh sneakers

Ditch your ultra sleek trainer in favour of a bubble soled Air Max if it’s style point you seek. The neutral colour way on these Nike trainer make them the perfect match with denim. 

Air Max 97 Plus leather and mesh sneakers in beige and black, £135 

If it’s a Balenciaga style trainer you want but with a little less chunk, the Puma Thunder is your go-to. In a variety of pastel shades these will be your new everyday sneak. 

Puma Thunder Desert Women’s Sneakers in green, £110 

Meghan Markle gave these her stamp of approval on her recent tour to Australia and New Zealand, in fact Lyst just revealed that these trainers just topped Instagram’s most wanted list. You don’t need any more reason than that. 

Veja V-10 low-top leather trainers in white, navy & red, £110 

Nike M2K Tekno Trainer in black & white

If you had previously been a fan of a Nike Roshe Run, this is what you should be copping now: the Nike M2K Tekno. Easier to wear than you think and the perfect pairing for a midi length dress. 

Nike M2K Tekno Trainer in black & white, £89.95 

An all beige trainer might not be high on your wish list but trust us, your wardrobe will be eternally grateful for these Sandro kicks. Wear with cropped, frayed denim and an oversized sweatshirt for full ‘cool girl’ effect. 

Sandro trainers with graphic sole in beige, £315 

Adidas Continental 80s trainers

For those looking to update their Stan Smith game, the slightly retro vibes of the Adidas Continental 80s is the best swap. Make like you’re in the know by opting in for the off-white colour. 

Adidas Continental 80s trainers in off white, £74.95 

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Carla trainers

If it’s a subtle showstopper you are after, Calvin Klein are the solution. Not as loud as the Balenciaga Triple S chunky trainers but with just as much fashion clout, make these your investment buy. 

Calvin Klein 205W39NYC Carla trainers, £485 

Reebok Club C 85 White Trainers

Another retro trainer classic and guaranteed to fit with everything in your wardrobe – especially a wide leg pair of trousers and a cosy roll neck jumper. 

Reebok Club C 85 trainers in white, £64.95 

Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 '07 LV8 Utility

The hugely sought after Nike x Off White collab, the new ear of Air Force 1s, have had a little face lift with a mini tick and back tab details. Be the envy of your brunch pals every weekend. 

Off-White x Nike Air Force 1 ‘07 LV8 Utility in white & black, £79.95 

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