Plimsolls or Hi-Tops

I love trainers. There I said it. I have a massive collection of trainers in my wardrobe with specific colours, types and styles for each season and moods. I was thinking recently that over the last couple of years I have added more and more what I would not call “classic” trainers. My trainer collection now included a variety of plimsolls and hi-tops, that 5 years ago I would never of owned.

When you think of plimsolls, you think of those horrible cheap black canvas shoes you used to wear for P.E. at primary school… but they have come a long way since then. Now you can get all types of plimsolls; low, mid and high cut, with a variety of colours and patterns to rock. Converse were behind the resurgence of the plimsoll as a fashion trainer and I couldn’t be happier. Plimsolls just ooze retro cool. They are also lightweight to wear (perfect for spring/summer), and seem to fit perfectly every time, due to the fabric being more supple than leather to mould to your feet.

Hi-tops are probably my new favourite trend within my wardrobe. In the past, males tended not to wear casual hi-tops unless they were basically leather/nubuck work boots. I think it probably had something to do with boots (with heels) being a predominantly female fashion item historically. Personally I think the hi-tops are the perfect mix for a casual shoe. They look smart, and there is something more manly about a boot shape than there is a low cut trainer or plimsoll. Maybe it’s because a high top is typically bigger and chunkier than a normal trainer and add to that construction/military worker feel. In any instance, they are a perfect addition to your wardrobe, especially in the era of slim cut jeans when a high top will not make you look like you are wearing clown shoes or flippers with them. They add size and proportion to your outfit if done up right to the top with jeans over, or slightly looser with the skinny jeans tucked in.

I personally could not live without either now-a-days, so who would win in a head to head? I have showcased 6 of the best in each style below to help make your mind up… I thought I was edging towards hi-tops due to their versatility, but now I am not so sure as my canvas shoes are just so comfy and cool with a bright pair of socks…. I give up!

Six of the Best Hi-Top Trainers
Vans Sk8 Hi LxClae Rollins Hi Top Lace
Vans Sk8 Hi Lx
£110
Clae Rollins Hi Top Lace
£85
All Saints Strike Hi-TopFiretrap Quartz White
All Saints Strike Hi-Top
£45
Firetrap Quartz White
£90
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Six of the Best Canvas Trainers
TST Suede Split Toe SneakerSuperga Cotu Lo
TST Suede Split Toe Sneaker
£119
Superga Cotu Lo
£29
CONVERSE  ALL STAR MINIMAL OXFORD IIFRED PERRY  KINGSTON TWILL TIPPED
CONVERSE ALL STAR MINIMAL OXFORD II
£32.29
FRED PERRY KINGSTON TWILL TIPPED
£39.14
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£34.24