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Sneaker Culture

The trend began back in January, when not one but two couture houses sent sneakers down the catwalk. Ornately artisan of course, Chanel and Dior were in fact signalling the start of something big.

While Isabel Marant’s hidden-wedge sneaker may have crept onto the fashion radar in recent seasons, the new athletic styles are the pinnacle of the Sports Luxe trend. Previously donned only by practical commuters, sneakers will now make a welcome addition to your day-long wardrobe. Both style and comfort can be achieved with neon colours, thick air-filled soles and slip-on silhouettes. Scroll through the gallery above to see our favourites.

Colour Block

Choose kaleidoscopic and clashing neon colours for the most brilliant way in which to work the sneaker trend. The ultimate contrast to mannish tailoring, wear with pinstripe trousers with the hems rolled.


The Phoebe Philo effect can be channelled with whiter-than-white sneakers. Clean, classic and cool, these lace-ups are best worn as part of monochromatic ensembles, but remember to keep them box-fresh.


Chanel and Dior aside, more accessible embellished styles were seen on the SS14 catwalks of Marc by Marc Jacobs and DKNY. High-shine, textured fabrics, studs and sequins – anything goes.


From Nike's Air Max to Adidas’ Stan Smiths, old-school styles are having a moment. Relive the glory days of the ‘90s, opting for the supplest vintage versions in classic monochrome and primary colourways.

Slip Ons

Skate-inspired slip-ons are the easiest way in which to embrace the sneaker trend. Ideal with skinny jeans, they are also great for putting a fresh twist on day dresses.

See why you should swap your high heels for high tops with our Bank Holiday Style Swap.

Shop our sneaker edit below.

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