Cool trainers to buy now from Puma to adidas

A box fresh pair of trainers is the cornerstone of every capsule wardrobe, particularly in the summer months when you can team them with everything from wide-leg linen trousers to classic jeans.

Of late, one style has really dominated the fashion world – the sell-out adidas Samba, which you’ll have seen all over your Instagram feed for the past few seasons. And, while we remain devoted to our trusty Sambas (and definitely feel loath to part with them, after having spent so long trying to track down a pair in our size), we’re also in the mood for a little summer refresh…

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Wondering which trainers to invest in this season? Well, there are some hot new contenders in town. Here’s our lowdown on the trainer trends to know now…

The street style set’s new favourite seems to be the adidas Handball Spezial, which has a similar shape to the Samba.

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The Black Wonder Leopard White Gum style is this season’s golden ticket, having flown out of stock everywhere at the time of writing (probably on account of leopard print everything trending right now), but there are loads of other fun and neutral colours available. Top of our wish list is the fiery orange, but we also love the pretty baby blue.

adidas Handball Spezial

Handball Spezial

adidas Handball Spezial

Handball Spezial

adidas Handball Spezial

Handball Spezial

adidas Handball Spezial

Handball Spezial

Our other top pick? Enter the low-top, gum-sole Puma Palermo, which Red Fashion Editor Jodie Dunworth bought instead of Sambas a while ago.

‘I went for the black and white pair with brown rubber soles, mainly because my size of Samba was never in stock (and I couldn’t afford the Adidas x Gucci Gazelles!),’ she says.

Puma Palermo

Palermo

Puma Palermo

Palermo

Puma Palermo

Palermo

Grammy-winning singer Dua Lipa has been leading the celebrity Puma charge, loving her Palermos so much she’s an ambassador for them (the black pair even featured in the music video for her hit single “Houdini”).

Model Emily Ratajkowski is another trend-setting Puma Palermo fan, having been seen in them multiple times this spring. Note how cool they look with pinstripe trousers below (and how perfectly she’s matched her outfit to her dog).

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Then, of course, they’ve been given the fashion influencer seal of approval, too, popping up all over Instagram. Keep things on-trend black and white and match your outfit to your shoes, a la NYC stylist Shaniqua, below.

Trainers in general are enjoying a moment thanks to designer collaborations like Miu Miu x New Balance and Wales Bonner x Adidas (Jodie’s preference because of their slimmer shape, which feels smarter with her go-to wide-leg trousers).

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So, if you’re after a new pair of ‘it’ trainers, but aren’t sold on the Spezials or Palermos, there are lots of options to explore which will still garner style points.

Here are five more trainer styles Jodie loves (and she knows a ‘next big thing’ when she sees one):

Adidas SL 72 Shoes

SL 72 Shoes

‘The aesthetic colour combination of this adidas pair already feels like a lovingly curated outfit in itself – perfect for elevating blue jeans and a crew-neck jumper.’


Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66 Vin

Mexico 66 Vin

‘I’m a firm believer that a smart trainer doesn’t have to be boring (or white!). Wear as a flash of colour in top-to-toe monochrome – it’ll bring a sporty edge to a white summer dress or a relaxed suit.’


Loewe Flow

Flow

‘Proving trainers can feel just as special as any other shoe, Loewe’s ’70s-inspired pair are made from leather and suede and feel like a touch of luxury with the added benefit of being comfortable. This is one pair you won’t be wearing on the dog walk.’


Chloé Nama

Nama

‘Chloé’s unique style of sneaker brings a feminine feel that can persuade even the most trainer-adverse shopper. Wear with double denim or sunset shades for a romantic boho vibe.’


Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

Chuck Taylor All Star

‘Sometimes only a classic will do, so make sure there’s a pair of Converse high-top trainers in your shoe collection. Their timeless shape looks great with everything from skirts and dresses to straight-leg jeans and track pants.’




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