Ever since the process of vulcanisation (melting rubber to fabric) was first pioneered, the trainer has enjoyed a forever growing popularity. The trainer has had a re-vamp over the past few seasons, reverting back to classic silhouettes and colours. But what we can all agree on is that we can’t get enough of them; comfortable and stylish they will work for you no matter what the occasion.
Whether you’re hitting the field, court or just getting a few pints in, they’ve now became a wardrobe staple for every guy’s collection of footwear. So, to make sure you know what styles are best for sport and whether some are just best for those days of kicking it casual, we’re giving you a rundown of the 4 best styles in our men’s trainer guide.
Running shoes have seen huge advancements in technology in the last 20-30 years, with new styles coming out every year that are lighter, more supportive, shock absorbent and comfortable. Recent times have seen a massive resurgence in retro running styles from brands such as Asics, adidas and New Balance, with the brands catering to the new found love of the running style by pulling styles out of the archives, with new colourways being released year after year.
Although you can definitely run in those retro styles, you’re probably better going for a newer, more technical style if you’re a lover of a good jog. Have a look at our full range of running styles to find the ideal runner for you.
If you’re into a more classic, alternative look, then skate shoes might be what you want to take a closer look at. The first official specifically designed skate shoe hit the shelves way back in 1965, fast forward to today and skate brands such as Vans, Nike SB and Lakai have a shared admiration from skaters and non skaters alike.
The skate trend has been kicking about for the last few seasons and doesn’t look like slowing down anytime soon. If you’re looking for a casual, more indie look, then look for the more modern offerings instead of the chunky styles that were popular in the late 90s/early 00s. Get these paired up with a slim or straight cut pair of jeans and oversized t shirt and you’re laughing.
Ever since Romanian tennis star Ilie “Nasty” Năstase became the first tennis player to be sponsored by a brand, the tennis shoe has been designed by some of the biggest brands around, including Nike, Lacoste and adidas.
In terms of styling, the tennis shoe is tipped to be the big one for SS16, with the return of the adidas Stan Smith being such a huge success over the last couple of years, brands are pulling their own versions out of the back catalogue to piggy back on the trend. Who can blame them when an all-white trainer is ideal for the summer months and pretty much goes with everything.
The Chuck Taylor by Converse, the original basketball trainer. Since it’s origins back in 1917, the Chuck Taylor has had minimal changes, even with the release of the Chuck Taylor II in 2015. They might not be practical on the court now compared to the more technical styles seen today, but they’re an absolute staple to any sneakerhead’s collection. You’ll struggle to find a person here at schuh HQ that doesn’t own at least one pair; we can’t help but celebrate the iconic silhouette.
Given you some inspiration? Then make sure to check out our full men’s trainers collection.