The Ten Best Men's Trainers
Monday 11 August 2008
Dunlop - £29.99
Dunlop has sold more than 25 million pairs of Green Flash, making it one of the all-time best-selling trainers. These iconic plimsolls now come in a range of colours and with various Velcro fastenings.
Fly London - £75
If hi-tech fabrics and air-cushioned soles are anathema to you, check out the asymmetric charms of these eccentric shoes. Chunky, comfy but infused with laid-back cool - great for anyone who walks to their own beat.
Converse All Star - £32.99
Worn by basketball players and rock gods alike, Converse shoes have appeared on some of the coolest feet ever to walk the earth. Forget foolish limited edition versions and stick with the basic design.
www.office.co.uk; 0845 058 0777
Diesel - £55
Tired of the tyranny of tying your shoe laces every morning? Try this retro canvas pair that dispenses with external fastenings all together. But fear not - they stay put on your foot thanks to under-tongue elastic.
Topman - £35
It looks like a plimsoll that's gone undercover as a brogue. Whether you think this is a dangerous hybrid or the epitome of smart casual wear, Topman’s take on the trainer is chic and understated.
www.topman.com; 0844 984 0265
Raf by Raf Simons - £180
This haute couture take on the high top has become a seriously trendy trainer. Those who remember the style from its Eighties heyday may be reluctant to sport them again but this Raf pair is the way to do it.
Nike Rift - £75
Inspired by the footwear of ninjas - and the only trainer on the market that make you look like you have hooves instead of feet - Nike's decade-old Rift design remains cutting-edge.
Store.nike.com; 0800 056 1640
Vans - £25
The slip-on sneaker sported by skaters for the last 30 years has proved so popular because it's cheap, comfortable and puts up with a lot of bad behaviour. Available in myriad shades and patterns.
www.trainerstation.com; 01625 856 966
Puma - £65
The slim-line shape of Puma’s Future Cat Lo trainers mean they give your feet a sleek outline. Those with big feet might want to go for a broader style, though, as the narrower the shoe, the longer your plates of meat will look.
www.eshop.puma.com; 020-7299 8533
Paul Smith - £90
Made from nappa leather and soft suede, Paul Smith's sneakers are reminiscent of an upmarket bowling shoe. Decorated with Sir Paul's signature stripes, they're funky without being over the top.
www.paulsmith.co.uk; 0080 0222 444 55
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