The trainer trend continues to run and run with stylish trainers and white leather sneakers still having their feet firmly planted in our AW18 wardrobe.
To take your sneaker style (and work shoes) to the next level, we thought we’d hunt down the best smart trainers that are stylish enough for any work outfit — and the perfect pairing to our new back-to-work bag. Here's how to elevate your workwear looks and add to your wardrobe without a pair of heels in sight!
THE PLAIN WHITE TRAINERS
So you don’t get hauled up in front of HR, the easiest and chicest way to introduce stylish trainers to your 9-til-5 wardrobe is to choose a pair that are minimal and classic. We’re talking pristine white leather sneakers. Think of them as a trendier loafer.
Wear it with: skinny black trousers
Go for a slightly cropped pair that finish just above the ankle (all the better to show off these gorgeous Dune lace-ups). For a smart casual work outfit, pair with a relaxed blouse tucked in at the front, a delicate necklace and top with a fitted black blazer.
Our pick: Edris Star Applique, lace up trainer, white, £60, Dune
THE METALLIC TRAINERS
Yes, smart white trainers are the obvious choice if you want to look office-appropriate. But don’t discount their shinier counterpart. Metallic trainers in silver, gold or bronze are smart enough to wear with work-friendly attire while adding that extra hit of dazzle!
Wear it with: a midi skirt
While the weather is still warm(ish), pair these metallic Supergas with a printed pleat skirt and a slim-fitting white shirt. As autumn sets in, switch it for a leather pencil skirt and fine-knit round-neck sweater. Casual workwear, sorted!
Our pick: Superga 2750 Cotu classic trainer plimsols, silver, £60, John Lewis
THE RETRO TRAINERS
No, we’re not suggesting you pull on your tattered gym trainers. We mean keeping it simple but choosing a pair of sneakers with a more retro, sportier silhouette. Bright white trainers equals polished style – and with these on your feet, you’ll be running for the bus with no problems.
Wear it with: slouchy suiting
Oversized suiting is a huge trend for autumn/winter, so get involved! By teaming slouchy suit trousers with these Nike trainers, you’ll look smart yet street style savvy. A silky camisole works while it’s warm then switch for a polo neck as the weather gets cooler.
Our pick: Nike, Pre Love Ox, white iridescent, £64.99, Office