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Why you should wear colourful trainers this spring

Why you should wear colourful trainers this spring

We’re officially swapping out our winter greys for bright spring colours – even if the forecast is still playing catch up with us. You might be used to bringing colour into your looks with bold t-shirts and sweaters, but  footwear is also a versatile way to make a statement without overwhelming the rest of your outfit. 

Whilst bright white trainers will always be cool, bolder alternatives allow you to  show some personality and invite patterns and colour into your wardrobe.“If you tend to lean in a minimal style direction, then a bright trainer is an easyway to add a pop of colour or pattern to your outfit,” says stylist Luke McDonald. “ If you already embrace colourful clothing, bold trainers should complement the shades in your outfit, rather than clash with them.” There are plenty of ways to embrace colourful trainers, but we’ve rounded up four of our favourites. Walk this way. 


Photographed: Nike Daybreak ($105)

Embrace earthy shades

If you’re new to colourful trainers, consider the Nike Daybreak in orange and brown. It’s 1980s style runner shape makes it a safe option for casual looks, while the earthy tones fit into low-key outfits without standing out too much. Pair them with neutral shades, like khakis, blues, and blacks, to ensure that they’re the brightest piece in your outfit. 


Photographed: Converse Chuck 70 Hi ($90)

Take a walk on the wilder side

 If you’re ready to plunge headfirst into the psychedelic trend this spring, the Converse 70s Hi Tops could be the shoe for you. “This is a definite statement shoe, which brings real visual impact to otherwise minimal looks,” Luke says. Converse hi-tops are a classic style, making them easy  to pull off with most trousers. The marbled multi-coloured print is sure to stand out against pared-down pieces, but the safe colour scheme means they’ll complement brighter outfits too. 


Photographed: Veja Venturi Hexamesh ($150)

Look good and do good

If you want to put an eco-friendly foot forward this season, look to a brand with environmental credentials. “Sustainable superheroes VEJA have smashed it again with the Venturi Hexamesh,” Luke says. “It looks like a classic running shoe, but it’s still stylish and sharp if you’re looking to get into the chunky trainer trend.”  


Combine colour and texture

Combining colour with texture is another way to add even more interest to your look, and the Vans OG Era sneakers in teal brushed suede does just that. Luckily, you  don’t have to learn to kickflip to pull them off. “If you want an easy access point into some of spring’s big trends, these fit the outdoor utility look, thanks to purple hiking-inspired laces that nod to an early 90s aesthetic,” Luke says. Because sometimes putting a stylish foot forward requires you to look back. 

Words: Ella White
Photography: Jack Batchelor
Styling: Luke McDonald