The best fashion trainers for every outfit

Smart yet comfortable rarely go hand in hand, but this wardrobe staple ticks all the boxes, according to Fashion Editor Michelle Nightingale.

best fashion trainers

by Michelle Nightingale |

Hands up who already owns a pair of trainers? Most of us do, but chances are you’re more likely to wear them to walk the dog, than pair them with your favourite dress. However, trainers are having a bit of a ‘fashion moment’. For example, Emma Thompson even donned hers to collect her Damehood from Prince William. While you wouldn’t catch us meeting the royals in our trainers, we like the comfort they give! Not convinced? Read on for our tips on wearing trainers to ‘just about’ every occasion…

What are the best outfits for trainers?

Trainers are hugely versatile, stylish and an easy way to bring your outfit up to date.

“I love how they can be worn with anything and are no longer just for casual wear,” says stylist Susie Hasler ( “I wear mine with midi dresses, jumpsuits and even a tailored suit – they’re one of the hardest-working items I have in my wardrobe! They’re also particularly great for women who prefer (or have) to wear flat shoes, but feel frumpy in more formal styles.”

There are some rules though, as Susie explains: “It’s so important to remember these are not trainers to exercise in. Stick to styles that are white or smart metallic shades in the warmer months, while black is more practical in winter. By choosing these shades you’ll find they go with more outfits, too.”

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Will trainers be flattering for my figure?

If you’re new to the trainer trend, then the idea of wearing a heavy trainer with a dress might feel odd initially, but they can be more flattering than you might think.

“Chunky, thicker-soled styles are great for making the legs and ankles look slimmer and to balance out a big tummy,” advises Susie. “I like the Puma Cali, the Adidas Superstar and the Adidas Stan Smith, which all have a timeless appeal.”

Lots of high street brands also have their own cheaper versions, too.

“For slender legs choose thinner soles like those on classic Converse or Superga trainers.”

Sportier styles are available too and are just as stylish plus can give a little extra support. Our advice is to stick to neutral shades so they don’t look like gym shoes.

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The best fashion trainers - UK

Veja Campo Trainers
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Veja's are by far our favourite fashion trainers, as they go with practically everything. They're comfy, easy to style, and also 100 per cent sustainable.

White Leopard Print Trainers
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With a dash of pink, grey and leopard print, we love the touch of boldness these trainers will bring to any outfit. They're also incredibly affordable, which is always a bonus!

Office Framing Lace Up Trainers
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Inject some colour into your wardrobe with this pair of Office pink trainers, with a white sole. They'll look gorgeous with a floral dress, or even dressed down with a pair of jeans.

White Glitter Star Real Leather Trainers
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Dazzle your audience with this gorgeous pair of starry glitter trainers. They feature a white base colour, with suede detailing, as well as a silver croc ankle cuff.

Dune Excited Leather Trainers, White
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We adore the quilted detail on this pair of otherwise basic white trainers. A great classic pair for every day.

White Mark Making Faux Suede Trainers
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A twist on the classic trainer, this pair features a leopard print detail as well as a chunky sole for some extra height - which is always welcome, if you ask us.

Jigsaw Riva Leather Flatform Trainers, White/Pink
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We love Jigsaw for all things fashion, and these trainers are no exception. With a black and rust bock detail along the side and the back, as well as a flatform heel, these trainers are versatile, and oh so fashionable.

How to keep trainers white

White trainers rarely stay their dazzling shade, but this clever trick is great for tacking grubby canvas or leather-look shoes. Start by wiping them over with a damp cloth. Apply a white toothpaste to an old toothbrush and massage in. Leave for ten minutes, before wiping away any paste with a clean damp cloth or sponge.

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Emma Thompson

Trained to perfection: From left, Emma Thompson wore Adidas Stan Smith-style trainers to collect her Damehood; Joanna Lumley goes for Converse-style kicks and the Duchess of Cambridge sticks to her faithful Superga trainers.

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