Trainers have been given a new lease of life over the past couple of years. As they continue to dominate designer collections across the globe, it’s becoming clear that sneakers are no longer seen as purely a casual style of footwear – they are now just as likely to be paired with tailoring on a weekday as they are sweatpants at the weekend.
From baseball pumps at Alexander McQueen to colourful running shoes at Burberry Prorsum, trainers have been given a contemporary upgrade, taking them from functional to fashionable.
Traditional sportswear brands have upped their game too, collaborating with luxury labels and producing more progressive designs that have turned this humble sports shoe into something truly covetable.
With this in mind, we bring you ten of the best new trainers on the market for spring 2015:
1. Sneakersnstuff x ASICS x Onitsuka Tiger Gel-Lyte V
The title may be a bit of a mouthful, but this three-way team-up has produced a pair of simple yet stunning running shoes.
Inspired by times gone by, when trainers were banned from clubs, tailored materials such as tweed and nubuck have been utilised to produce a smart, textured finish.
2. Balenciaga Marbled Leather Trainers
Luxury trainers are often described as works of art, but this Balenciaga pair take things to a whole new level.
Covered in a cracked marble print, but sticking to a muted colour palette, sneakerheads are bound to fall for the opulent and contemporary look of these slick shoes.
Available at Mr Porter, priced £365.
3. Reebok x The Garbstore Classic Leather 6000 Grey White Steel
If it’s a light, fresh and minimalist design you’re looking for, slip-on this pair from Reebok’s ongoing collaboration with London-based retailer The Garbstore.
With a branded ‘outside in’ middle and tonal suede and towelling upper, it’s the variety of textures that brings interest to this otherwise simple silhouette.
Available at The Garbstore, priced £90.
4. New Balance U420 Port Royal
Constructed from rich red suede and neoprene, with added accents of grey and navy blue, these classic runners from New Balance are lightweight, practical and bound to draw attention.
Not only are they perfect for everyday wear or for your gym sessions, but they’re also a steal at just £59.99.
Available at Office.
5. Nike Roshe Run FB Trainers
A countdown of the best trainers on the market would not be complete without an entry from iconic sportswear brand Nike.
We’re particularly enamoured with its modern Roshe Run silhouette, especially this new boldly-printed yet understated iteration. Perfect for a run or a stroll about town.
Available at ASOS, priced £75.
6. Saucony DXN Hunter Camo Lodge Trainers
Built for the great outdoors, you can guarantee to be shielded from Britain’s current frosty conditions in this Saucony pair.
The American sportswear label has incorporated wool insulation, a long john-style lining and strong grip rubber sole into its classic DXN model, finishing it with a classic camouflage print.
Available exclusively at Saucony’s webstore.
Update: now sold out – try eBay resellers.
7. Maison Martin Margiela Dotted Replica Trainers
The seventies may not immediately spring to mind when you think of trainers, but this Maison Martin Margiela pair are shooting us right back to the decade of disco.
Covered in tiny rubber dots and finished with tonal beige laces, these detailed retro sneakers are a visual feast for fashion enthusiasts everywhere.
Available at Selfridges, priced £305.
8. Puma x Brooklyn We Go Hard R698 Frost Grey
When sportswear giant Puma teamed up with Parisian label Brooklyn We Go Hard for a second time last month, the collaboration threw up some exciting trainer options.
Re-imagined in frost grey suede with accents of turquoise and purple, BWGH’s update of Puma’s classic R698 silhouette feels fresh, clean and versatile.
Available at Size?, priced £120.
9. Ami Men’s Running Sneakers
Colour is the name of the game for Ami’s spring/summer 2015 collection, with its nineties-inspired footwear following suit.
However, sharp lines and a sleek silhouette nod to a more futuristic aesthetic, complemented by the razor sharp edges of the rubber sole.
Get ready to be the envy of sneakerheads everywhere when you’re spotted in these.
Available at Oki-Ni, priced £217.
10. Adidas Tubular Runner ‘New Year’s Eve’ Trainers
While you might be familiar with adidas’ classic silhouettes – think Stan Smith and Gazelle – its latest model brings a whole new contemporary edge to a nineties classic.
With a pumped up sole and sleek upper, the update on its 1993 Tubular Runner feels new and luxurious in equal measures.