Thanks to the ongoing style saturation of sport-luxe and celebrity collaborations (Rihanna for Puma, Olivier Rousteing for Nike and Kanye West for Yezzy), this year was certainly an important one for trainers. Thanks to their sheer style and desirability, trainers are now (almost) an integral part of the dress code for social clubs and many offices meaning that more comfortable and cost effective options are readily available for our feet and wallets. Autumn 2016 looks to set a runaway precedence from last year’s sales figures and with so many colours, styles and brand to choose from you will most certainly be spoilt for choice. However, help is at hand to navigate you through these contemporary choices and colourways to give you a concise rundown on what is trending in trainers for Autumn / Winter 2016.
Adidas EQT Support 93/16 Boost
Kings of marketing and reinvention, Adidas certainly know how to keep their followers interested. What this brand does best is bringing back previously discontinued models like the EQT, which until recently has taken pride of place in trainer museums since the mid 1990´s. Re-presented to sneaker fans in their original colourway, these engineered retro runners mix up the mesh and suede upper details of the EQT Running Support ’93 with a cutting edge ´boost sole´ technology to keep you comfortable while you train (or simply walk).
Available from Adidas, priced £125.00
NikeLab Blazer Advanced
If you want your trainers to stay clean even in the torrential conditions of winter, Nike Lab’s recent revamp of the Blazer could be the answer to all your problems. A million miles away from the traditional basketball styled trainer, this Advanced mid-cut model eliminates the laces (which let’s face it, are always first to get ruined) and suede detailing in favour of a zip fastener to bring together their easy clean Tan leather uppers. This is sport-luxe at its most sexy.
Available from Hanon, priced £125.00
John Lobb Porth
Famed in London for over two centuries, shoemaker John Lobb has kitted out everyone who´s someone (think Prince Charles, Andy Warhol, Frank Sinatra and Calvin Klein to name a few) in his covetable footwear. An equally discerning option is Lobb´s high-end, off duty style trainers. Their new Porth model was created in Italy using a specific technique that produces a lightweight and ultra-flexible sneaker which is fashioned from a single piece of leather,
Available from John Lobb, priced £490.00
Reebok Classic x Future Overbranded Instapump Fury
Autumn may bring with it colder weather but that doesn’t seem to be preventing Reebok from launching more ´flame emoji´ hot trainers. Their latest offering in a line of super-star collaborations sees the sports brand enlisting rapper Future to give an upgraded look to their Instapump Fury. This cult model first made its appearance way back in 94 and it looks equally relevant today thanks to its split midsole, cut-out exoskeleton and of course, its trademark black and white pump-powered bladder.
Available from Reebok, priced £125.00
Billionaire Reptile Print Sneakers
Birthdays, Christmas or a win on the races, there are some things that you can´t afford to not splash out on as Italian label Billionaire Couture shows us. Starting off as a high end tailoring firm established by Formula One icon Flavio Briatore and designer Angelo Galasso, this company really are putting the luxe into sports luxe with their mesh and textured snakeskin-embossed leather which features panels of soft, luxurious suede,
Available from Harrods, priced £475.00
J.Crew New Balance 998 Greenback
If you want to look the part without splashing out serious cash then J. Crew´s latest collaboration with New Balance could be just the thing you´re looking for. Inspired by old-school bling ( and the street style of that time), this latest 998 model comes complete with suede uppers in multiple tones of green with white and feature gold details across a generously cushioned midsole, just so you don’t get blisters.
Available from J.Crew, priced £160.00
If you spent some time reviewing all the trainer collections that are in the market just now, you could be forgiven for thinking we’re back in the 90´s. Back then one of the biggest names in sports shoes (especially tennis) was Ellesse. Even before this, they were around as running shoes which were also quite iconic at that time and look to be once again. The LS450 makes its comeback in an all-black ´murdered out´ colourway and features a tone-on-tone mesh upper, signature branding and soft handle suede.
Available from Ellesse, priced £60.00