ICYMI: Tennis trainers are having a moment. First brought to our attention last week, when Gucci dropped a re-edition of the 1977 tennis sneaker (including some with Mickey Mouse, for you Disney obsessives), now suddenly we’re seeing them everywhere. Yes, they may remind you of the plimsolls worn in year 3 PE, but they’ve had a 2020 overhaul. Case in point, Off-White’s updated Low Vulcanized model is available for pre-order on its website, and Ganni just dropped a new Hybrid trainer - the outcome of a cross pollination of a hiking boot and a classic canvas crep.
But why do we love them? The simple low-top lace-up sneaker is like the national treasure of trainers. Exemplified beautifully by adidas’ Stan Smiths, Common Projects and Veja, who’ve essentially made their bread and butter on a shoe so good, you buy it and replace it with the exact same pair once they’ve worn out. It’s a timeless silhouette that has a ‘one style suits all’ quality that makes it fundamentally democratic. The safest bet on the shelf, when worn with the correct attire, you can never be too over or underdressed. But which one is for you?