SNEAKER EDIT: THE ULTIMATE SNEAKER GUIDE

SNEAKER EDIT: THE ULTIMATE SNEAKER GUIDE

SNEAKER EDIT:

THE ULTIMATE SNEAKER GUIDE

From fit to style, this is everything you need to know to pick your perfect pair of sneakers.

WORDS: MARNI ROSE MCFALL Photographer: JANE DOE

There’s a pair of sneakers for everyone. From die-hard sneakerheads to heel fanatics and everyone in between. A true style stalwart, in 2023, a good pair of trainers are a must for your wardrobe. But in a world of highly anticipated drops, sell-out collections and ample choice, it can get a little overwhelming. The true trick to winning at the sneaker game? It’s all about understanding what works for you.

To help, we’ve put together a guide to the wonderful world of trainer shopping. From fit to style and brand, this is everything you need to know to pick your pair.

WHEN SHOULD I WEAR SNEAKERS?

Question: when should you wear sneakers? Answer: whenever you like. What started out as the uniform of street stylers, hip-hop icons and sports stars, the humble sneaker has shifted from a subculture staple to a firm fixture in the world of luxury fashion. Starting out on basketball courts and baseball fields, the advent of streetwear in the ‘80s and ‘90s changed the way we style sneakers, paving the way for more experimentation, bridging the gap between sport and fashion.

And in 2023? There’s almost no difference between the two, as fashion is influenced by sport and vice versa, read: the rise of aesthetics like tenniscore (perfected by the likes of Lacoste and Miu Miu), and the football mania movement. In 2023, it’s not unusual to see a collaboration between your favourite football club and your favourite label. You don’t need to play tennis – or football – to make sneakers work. No longer just for sport, there are no rules. Your key takeaway? Trainers are more prominent in our wardrobes than ever. And there’s no end to the ways you can wear them…

HOW SHOULD I STYLE SNEAKERS?

In 2023, there are no rules to how you should style trainers. If you’re keeping things laid back, they’ll pair easily with sweats or a statement tracksuit. For your day to day, they’ll go just as well with jeans and a t-shirt. And for your nights out? Go for a pair of all black trainers to take you to the dancefloor, or style a chunky pair with tailored trousers to dress down a look. From the low-key to the high-low look, a good pair of trainers go with everything. The possibilities are endless.

WHAT AM I LOOKING FOR IN A PAIR OF SNEAKERS?

While the rules are gone, what’s non-negotiable is your sneakers should always do you a turn – they should feel good, look good and never let you down. And the FLANNELS sneakers offering? Needless to say: it’s one of the best in the game. Think comfort, style and cult classics.

Finding the one? It’s no easy feat. And yes, by the one we mean the perfect pair of sneakers. The key styles to know? High Top, Low Top, Dad and Sporty.

WHAT ARE HIGH-TOP SNEAKERS?

One of the most important styles in the sneaker world? The high top. A firm fixture of the streetwear set, the humble high top has long been a fashion fixture, from the NBA to the hip hop scene. Big and chunky, the style is characterised by a high height that extends slightly passed the ankle. It’s difficult to pinpoint the O.G. high tops, but many sneakerheads say the style was first popularised way, way back in 1917 when Converse released the very first version of the Chuck Taylor All Stars. With over a hundred years of history, high tops have long been cemented in pop culture and today, the style just keeps getting bigger…

WHICH HIGH TOP SNEAKERS SHOULD I BUY IN 2023?

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These are the high-top trainers to have on your radar for 2023. If you’re in the mood for a classic, Off-White’s Out Of Office High Tops elevate the brand’s cult classic sneakers with a chunky high-top silhouette. Searching for a pop of colour? Palm Angels have delivered with the University high-tops in a hit of bright red (aka the colour of the season). The Court High Tops by Amiri put the brand's signature bandanna print on a classic sneaker silhouette, while Moncler’s Pivot High Top Trainers sit on an OTT chunky sole and are complete with bold, clashing colourways. And as for Buscemi? Their Air John High Sneakers combine classic styling with streetwear appeal thanks to the block colouring and padlock embellishments to the rear of the trainer.

WHAT ARE LOW-TOP SNEAKERS?

Low tops are, simply, trainers that sit below the ankle. The style is characterised by a minimal design and maximum support. Famed for their easy, slick, simple appeal and their uncanny ability to work with any outfit, low top sneakers are a firm fixture of the fashion world. It’s hard to tell when low tops first came into circulation, but the original version of the style, the plimsoll, has been around since the early 19th century. Since then, low tops have (hugely) evolved. The ‘60s gave us cult styles like the Adidas Stan Smiths and as the century turned, brands like Prada started to show low tops on the runways. And today? There’s a whole host of styles to get excited about.

WHICH LOW-TOP SNEAKERS SHOULD I BUY IN 2023?

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These are the key low-top sneakers to invest in for 2023. If you’re looking for a style that’s on the smarter end, Mallet’s Court trainers will hit the brief. In crisp white, they’ll work just as well with jeans as they will with tailored trousers. Axel Arigato’s Area trainers are seriously versatile thanks to the pops of colour, statement pink sole and minimalist branding. Represent’s Apex Sneakers are a simple yet elevated take on the style, with chunky soles and bright pops of green. No risk, high reward. And for a cult touch? Opt for Off-White’s Out Of Office Trainers in a hit of dark blue.

WHAT ARE DAD SNEAKERS?

Your old man knew a thing or two about sneakers. In 2023, the dadcore aesthetic continues to reign supreme, and one of its hottest exports is the ‘dad sneaker’. But what exactly is a dad sneaker? In short, it’s a performance sneaker that typically has an exaggerated silhouette, keeping comfort and stability at its heart. Generally, they’re of the ugly variety, but that only adds to the charm. Today, they’re beloved by all from hype beasts to the Scandi style set, and to date #dadsneakers has 17.9 million views on TikTok, so it’s safe to say, the look is going nowhere.

WHICH DAD SNEAKERS SHOULD I BUY IN 2023?

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If you’re after a pair of dad sneakers, these are the key styles for 2023. The New Balance 610 Sneakers go all out on gorpcore energy. And if you’re feeling sporty? Asic’s Kayano trainers and Axel Arigato’s Marathon Runners combine athletic appeal with statement-making style. For a pop of colour, Dsquared2’s Run Trainers featuring bold and bright pops of orange and yellow, will bring some added energy to your wardrobe, as will Mallet’s monochromatic Neptune Trainers. It’s in Dad we trust.

WHAT ARE SPORTS SNEAKERS?

Sports sneakers, running trainers, sporty kicks: in 2023, athletic sneakers have wearability way beyond the track. Thanks to the never-ending rise of the sports club cool aesthetic, our love for all things sporty and chic is going nowhere, and a fresh pair of sporty sneaks is the easiest way to bring it into your wardrobe. Plus, there’s the added bonus that you’re always run-ready.

WHICH SPORTS SNEAKERS SHOULD I BUY?

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If you’re after a pair of sporty trainers, these are the ones you should buy in 2023. A favourite of runners and fashion-lovers, the On Running Cloudnova’s in fresh white are a must-have. Featuing a knitted mesh upper, padded lining and rubber sole, they’re equal parts comfortable and fashionable, which is a win in our book. Hoka’s Bondi 8 trainers in subtle beige will pair with any outfit, as will the Veja Impala Trainers. Plus, both sit on chunky soles for added comfort. Looking to up the energy? These sneakers from adidas by Stella McCartney come with bright pops of yellow, purple and orange for a maximum impact.

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