Affordable New Kicks
As trainers continue to dominate industry trends, new models and updated designs are pouring in thick and fast. From limited edition packs to collaborative collections, there seems to be no sign of slowing down when it comes to the world of ‘fashion’ sneakers.
Yet while high-end designer versions may be more of an investment piece, there are still plenty of pairs available that not only exude luxury, but come with a much lower price tag. Leading sports brands such as Nike and adidas have started to produce innovative models for the more affordable end of the market, while high street labels such as COS are beginning to try their hand at inexpensive trainer design too.
So, if you want to update your footwear collection without maxing out that credit card, take a look at our top picks for under £100.
Adidas Originals ZX Flux Weave Shoes
As a descendant of the eighties ZX Runner model, these new adidas trainers offer a fresh twist on a classic silhouette.
Now slick and clean in their design, this updated pair is versatile, comfortable and an all-round easy to wear style, coming in tonal shades of blue.
Available at adidas.co.uk, priced £75.
New Balance 580 Urban Noise Trainers
If bold prints are more your game, New Balance’s latest stand-out release should fit the bill.
Part of the American label’s newly-launched ‘Urban Noise’ collection, this iteration of the 580 model is finished with an eye-catching camouflage print and real suede upper.
The perfect statement pair for everyday casual wear.
Available at ASOS, priced £85.
Nike Safari Deconstruct In Sea Glass & Jade Stone
For 2015, Nike offers its 1987-born Safari model in a new minimalist aesthetic.
Crafted from two-tone leather and finished with tan-coloured accents, these trainers are both elegant and edgy in equal measures.
With such simple features, we can’t see these ever going out of style.
Available at END Clothing, priced £89.
Le Coq Sportif Eclat Glow In The Dark 2
Launched just over a month ago, these seemingly plain trainers hold a special secret – a glow in the dark sole and heel tab.
As the recently revived athletic brand makes its way back into the sportswear market, its latest release marks a fun and playful new direction for Le Coq Sportif.
Prepare to be noticed (mainly at night) in these.
Available at Sneakersnstuff, priced £75.
Converse Jack Purcell Canvas Sneakers
Based on the 1930s original, Converse’s Jack Purcell model is an all-time classic.
Produced in durable canvas and complete with overlapping rubber detailing and the signature ‘smile’ front, these clean, simple trainers are the perfect option for SS15.
We see these working with tailored shorts all the way through spring and summer.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £50.
Saucony Shadow 5000 ‘Fresh Picks’
Inspired by blueberries (yes, really), these vibrant trainers are part of Saucony’s newly-released ‘Fresh Picks’ pack.
The American running label has given its iconic Shadow 5000 silhouette a fresh colour update for the coming season, with contrasting panels of blue, turquoise and black contributing to this truly stand-out design.
Available at Size? priced £85.
Supra Ellington Trainers
Since its launch in 2006, American label Supra has continued to seamlessly bridge the gap between skate and sportswear.
Its latest release – the mid-rise Ellington trainer – merges fashion’s current appetite for minimalism with its signature skating edge, creating the perfect shoe for contemporary urban gents.
Available at Size? priced £75.
Asics Gel Saga Bamboo
Taken from the brand’s ‘Bamboo’ pack, these rich-toned Asics trainers will add a splash of colour to any warm-weather wardrobe.
While the Gel Saga shoe has taken on many forms across its lifetime, we’re particularly fond of this bold pair, which offer a new, vibrant take on the sporting classic.
Keep the rest of your outfit simple to let these trainers do all the talking.
Available at The Chimp Store, priced £95.
COS Lace-Up Sneaker Boots
While COS may not be the first place you think of when it comes to trainers, its recent foray into the sneaker world has produced some elegant results.
This new boot-sneaker hybrid embraces the label’s signature minimalist aesthetic, producing a versatile shoe that can be worn day or night.
Available at COS, priced £79.
Puma R698 Trinomic x Alife
Puma’s latest collaboration with New York streetwear brand Alife is as fresh as they come, having only been revealed last month.
Giving its classic nineties Trinomic trainer a futuristic makeover, the two labels have produced an unashamedly bold and brilliant pair of shoes for spring 2015.
If you love a statement trainer as much as us, you won’t be able to resist this all-over silver design.
Available at Hanon, priced £89.