10 best trainers to wear with dresses 2024 UK

CALL off the search: we’ve found the best trainers to wear with dresses, and bring them to you with some winning outfits you can rock this summer.

Comfy but cute, a trainer and dress combo is the perfect way to strike a balance between fashion-forward and artfully nonchalant; plus it’ll make your wardrobe work even harder for you, enabling plenty more wear out of your fave frocks.

From airy sundresses to structured minis, the right trainers can transform any ensemble into a bold fashion statement just as well as any loafer or sandal.

And the best part? The styling possibilities are endless, whether you team a preppy plimsoll with a floral tea dress, a chunky trainer with a slinky maxi or something else entirely.

If you’re in need of some inspiration, we’ve picked out some of our favourite pairs of trainers to wear with dresses below, along with some outfit suggestions that’ll look great this summer and beyond.

Mango metallic lace-up sneakers

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  • Metallic lace-up sneakers, £49.99 from Mango – buy here
  • Belt shirt dress, £45.99 from Mango – buy here
  • Quilted Cross-Body Bag Green, £25 £12.50 from Accessorize – buy here

If you want a trainer with a bit more fashion edge than your bog standard sports brand offering, something metallic like this delicious pair from Mango will definitely stand out.

Priced at just under £50, the high-shine silver finish is perfect for adding a bit of glam to your attire while also still being ultra comfortable.

Teamed with the utilitarian stylings of this belted dress, also from Mango, and a pop of colour courtesy of this green bag from Accessorise, it’s a look that’ll take you into the weekend with ease.

Mango Leather panel sneakers

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  • Leather panel sneakers, £49.99 from Mango – buy here
  • ASOS DESIGN midi button through linen waistcoat dress in chocolate, £32 from ASOS – buy here
  • Tan Raffia Basket Bag, £25.99 from New Look – buy here

Crafted from a leather-blend fabric and featuring decorative panels, a rounded toe and laces, these Mango sneakers have a chunky aesthetic that you just know will withstand hours of wear on your feet.

The two-tone cream colourway is ultra-chic and works especially well with a complementary colour palette. Try this linen waistcoat dress in chocolate by ASOS Design and pair with a raffia basket bag like this one from New Look for an effortless tonal look from head to toe.


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New Balance Unisex 9060 Shoes

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  • Unisex 9060 Shoes, £160 from New Balance – buy here
  • Printed Flared Camisole Dress, £34.90 from Uniqlo – buy here
  • ADANOLA Resort recycled-cotton tote bag, £28 from Selfridges – buy here

It doesn’t get much more iconic than a pair of New Balance trainers: seamlessly blending fashion and function, the brand is a hit with celebs including Rihanna, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratjakowski.

Once seen on dads, they’re now also beloved by the fashion pack and this 9060 reimagining of the classic 99X series is ‘sooooo comfortable’ according to reviewers.

We’ve teamed them with a ditsy cami and a tote that picks out the blue of the dress for a seriously cool 90s-inspired ‘fit.

M&S Collection Suede Lace Up Side Detail Trainers

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  • M&S Collection Suede Lace Up Side Detail Trainers, £45 from M&S – buy here
  • Superdry Rib Bodycon Midi Dress, Orange Stripe, £39.99 from John Lewis – buy here
  • Yellow woven shopper bag, £30 from River Island – buy here

‘Love these trainers. They’re super comfortable and look great with jeans too. Highly recommend them,’ raves one shopper about these M&S suede lace-ups.

Also available in black, natural and navy mix, we’ve opted for this pretty in pink (and white) pair to add some fun to summer looks.

Wear with a simple black or white frock – or opt for more colour like we’ve done here, by styling with an orange stripe bodycon and a yellow woven bag that’s perfect for daytime strolls or holiday excursions.

M&S Collection Leather Lace Up Chunky Trainers

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  • M&S Collection Leather Lace Up Chunky Trainers, £55 from M&S – buy here
  • Ecru denim mini shirt dress, £40 from River Island – buy here
  • Black suede fringe hem shoulder bag, £90 from River Island – buy here

If there’s one trainer that’s an absolute no-brainer for wearing with dresses, it’s these Leather Lace Up Chunky Trainers in from M&S.

Available in both black or white, the antibacterial finish helps keep them fresh, plus the leather can be wiped down – so they’ll always stay pristine.

As well as looking great, they’re also equipped with the retailer’s Smart Insolia Flex® technology for improved comfort.

Complete the look with River Island’s denim mini shirt dress and fringed bag for a versatile outfit you can rock anywhere.

Women’s UA HOVR™ Sonic 6 Running Shoes

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  • Women’s UA HOVR™ Sonic 6 Running Shoes, £110 from Under Armour – buy here
  • Collared Midi Shirt Dress, £75 from & Other Stories – buy here
  • Mini Croc Structured Crossbody Grab Bag, £19 £15.20 from Boohoo – buy here

Wondering how to style the most prim and ladylike of frocks? Here’s a masterclass for you.

You might not think this 50s-esque midi by & Other Stories would work with trainers, but we’ve picked out this Under Armour pair in a statement red hue that pulls from the floral design and makes it instantly cohesive.

With soft, springy UA HOVR™ cushioning, these will be a dream to wear: just team with a cute bag like this Boohoo crossbody style for My Fair Lady meets the SS24 runways.

Converse All Star High Women’s

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  • Converse All Star High Women’s, £65 from JD Sports – buy here
  • Green Floral Puff Sleeve Cotton Maxi Dress, £35.99 from New Look – buy here
  • Stone Stockholm Canvas Tote Bag, £5.99 from New Look – buy here

You didn’t think we’d round up the best trainers to wear with dresses without mentioning Converse, did you?

This white pair of high-rise All Stars are an essential in every wardrobe and look just as amazing with a floral dress as they do with jeans.

The canvas baseball shoe was originally released in 1917 and is still going strong today: wear this ensemble to that outdoor gig you’ve been saving up for, a park date or weekend brunch. It’s foolproof.

Adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Shoes

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  • Adidas Originals Gazelle Indoor Shoes, £90 from Adidas – buy here
  • Stone Ribbed Racer Midi Dress, £27.99 from New Look – buy here
  • Stone Raffia Leather-Look Trim Backpack, £23.99 from New Look – buy here

If you’ve been coveting Adidas Gazelles for a while, this is your sign to get a pair – or add to your collection.

A revival of the Gazelle Indoor trainers from 1979, they’re the ‘cool’ trainer of choice loved by fashion editors and celebs alike, with a soft suede outer and gum rubber outsole that makes them seriously comfy and good-looking.

We’ve opted for this minty fresh colourway, and picked out a racerback midi dress and raffia backpack that both play on the creamy tones of the stripes – while keeping the look effortlessly casual.

New Look White Metallic Trim Chunky Trainers

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  • White Metallic Trim Chunky Trainers, £32.99 from New Look – buy here
  • Monsoon Adeena Zip Neck Short Dress, Denim Blue, £75 from John Lewis – buy here
  • Gold Leather-Look Camera Cross Body Bag, £21.99 from New Look – buy here

Spice up your life with these ‘stylish, comfortable, great price’ New Look trainers that shoppers are raving over.

The chunky silhouette and all-over white finish has more than a hint of 90s pop star about it – and that’s before you get to the metallic trim which totally glams these babies up.

Throw on a cute denim dress and a coordinating metallic bag, and take this look straight to the dancefloor.

ASICSGT-2000 12 Women’s Running Shoes, Black/Carrier Grey

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  • ASICSGT-2000 12 Women’s Running Shoes, Black/Carrier Grey, £140 from John Lewis – buy here
  • AllSaintsAnna Mini T-Shirt Dress, Neon Pink, £79 from John Lewis – buy here
  • All Night Festival Bag Micro 2L, £58 from lululemon – buy here

Promising ‘cloud-like softness underfoot’, these ASICS trainers are built for running, but there’s no reason why you can’t wear them with a dress, too.

Think a t-shirt dress in a fun and bright hue and a micro bag for all your essentials – perfect for park dates with friends or weekend brunch.

‘I have been suffering with Plantas Faciitis and needed a trainer with support for the arch and foot generally. The cushioning protects my heel. I am able to walk and exercise in these without pain. They look sporty and nice too,’ writes one shopper – so you can definitely expect a world of comfort.

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