2. Adidas ZX850
It’s up there with Oasis vs Blur, The Beatles vs The Stones, ketchup vs mayo – if brash Nike Airs aren’t for you, you’re bound to be sitting in the corner of the sport brand’s cooler older brother, Adidas. The ZX850s take a retro running shoe and give it a 21st Century makeover via some hard-to-miss colour schemes. We like the pair in khaki green and fluorescent yellow.
3. New Balance ML 574 Canteen
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Predating both Adidas and Nike, New Balance had until recently been seen as the slightly more sensible grandfather, boasting comfort and practicality, but lacking in the style stakes. Now, thanks to a hipster revival and some brave new designs, NB sit at the top table once again. The ML 574 Canteens feature some cool autumnal colours mixed with a fresh slice of bright red.
4. Vans Era 59
Famed for their relationship with extreme sports and underground music, Vans have been a staple for the baggy-jeaned masses since the Van Doren brothers produced their first shoes in 1966. Street meets catwalk with these Era 59s thanks to an intricate Paisley print.
5. Puma PUMAMMQ Bharrington High Tops
You can’t have a list of top trainers without a pair of hi-tops. Evolving from basketball court to the street, these are sneaks for those who want to make a statement - and the Puma Bharringtons certainly do this. Forget a bad hair day, the orange block camo panelling and chunky sole will ensure no one’s looking at anything but your feet.
7. Converse All Star Low Double Tongue Navy Shearling
You know what they say, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, and Converse have certainly stuck by this motto. They've effectively been living off one shoe since basketballer Charles H ‘Chuck’ Taylor became an ambassador for their All Star high-tops back in 1921. A twist on the classic, these double-tongue, low rise All Stars are a perfect choice for winter, thanks to a furry, sheepskin-effect trim.
8. Kurt Geiger Mo running trainers
For many, the name Kurt Geiger means one thing - shoes. Coming in at the top end for high street choices, the Mo is the result of a collaboration with New York designer James Long, providing a real sense of sophistication without having to feel too guilty about the price tag.
9. Gucci multicolour satin lace-up sneaker
For those who are more concerned with a brand name than style itself (and perhaps more money than sense), these Gucci sneaks are pricey, loud and proud. Coming in a variety of colours, the brown-panelled option is the most subdued on offer. These are satin and leather, but for the more adventurous (and wealthier) shopper, Gucci also offer their trainers in python and alligator leather.
10. Adidas Pro Conference Hi Shoes
The second pair of hi-tops in our list, and it was always going to be tough whether to choose Nike or Adidas. In this case, Adidas, gets it, with their Pro Conferences showcasing the perfect court-to-street crossover. And for those who really want to be ‘like Mike,’ it's worth remembering Jordan himself started out in Adidas before becoming the defining face of Nike Air.