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We all know fashion is an extreme sport, so it’s no wonder stylish sneakers are having a serious fashion moment.
From designers such as Lanvin and Tommy Hilfiger, to sportswear brands such as Nike and Adidas, sneaker-chic is making its way into wardrobes around the globe. Last month, The Guardian reported the amount of womenswear sneakers in the UK has tripled since 2013 – and it’s clear the rest of the world is following suit. It’s safe to say this demand for the humble trainer has skyrocketed thanks to the growth of the sportsluxe trend and a direction towards more casual forms of fashionable dress.
Not just for the gym, sneakers are now more versatile than ever and can be paired with just about anything from dresses to pant suits a la Cara Delevingne. From the glittering and metallic to the sleek and minimalist, it seems the sneaker – both practical and stylish – is just as likely to be seen sported by the fashion pack as a designer ‘it’ bag.
Whether you love it, or think the look is strictly reserved for Jerry Seinfeld, they are undeniably comfy – and much to the joy of our feet - the trend is here to stay.
Here are seven of the boldest and brightest trainers that will surely kick off your obsession (if you need some inspo):
1. New Balance x Bergdorf Goodman 620 trainer
Exclusive to Stylerunner, these suede and mesh trainers have freshened up a vintage silhouette with bright and detailed colours. Team with a tank and skirt for everyday wearable style!
2. Nike Roshe Run Flyknit trainer
Apparently one of Nike’s best selling styles, the Roshe Runs not only feel like you’re walking on a cloud, but this black and pink version will have heads turning.
3. Loeffler Randall Rio Sneaker
Metallic, colour blocking, textured panels – these lust-worthy Loeffler Randall beauties are the sneaker with it all! Elegant and luxurious, it’s hard to go past this pair if you’re looking for an investment piece that will make a statement.
4. Adidas Originals ZX Flux Dust Pink Print trainer
A new addition to the ZX family, the Flux is a fresh reinvention of the '80s-era ZX 8000. The Flux has a streamlined, minimalist design that makes it a perfect canvas for this gorgeous print!
5. Nike Sky High Dunks
For the ladies who love the sneaker trend but still can’t bear to part with the flattering lift of a heel, these high tops with a concealed wedge are for you! Seen on countless celebs from Rose McGowan to Jessica Biel, these monochrome kicks are as versatile as the trend comes.
6. Kenneth Cole Dewey Metallic sneaker
It’s pretty hard not to feel like the Fresh Prince with these babies on your feet! Gold tones are going to be bigger than big this winter so these trainers nail two trends in one.
7. Nine West Telly Sneaker
And for those on a shoe-string budget (see what I did there!), Nine West’s version are super stylish and will set you back just $59.95.
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