Trainers are an essential part of every man’s wardrobe.
But not all trainers are created equal.
Some win the race of popularity and become true classics, while others are left in their dust.
The winners encapsulate an aesthetic – they are more than just a trainer. There is something about them that solidifies their status as an icon.
Owning these pieces, and bringing them into your wardrobe, will ensure that the outfits you pair them with will benefit from their strength.
In this article, you will learn about the top 5 best men’s trainers that you should own.
#1 Best Overall Men’s Trainer – Adidas Stan Smith (White Tennis Shoes)
Launching in 1963, the Stan Smith made history by becoming the first leather tennis trainer.
Since then, it has only grown in popularity, racking up over 50 million pairs sold.
It is easy to see why.
They are the most versatile of the trainers in this list and have the potential to be paired with almost anything.
Featuring a clean silhouette and side profile, the shoe has the ability to be worn with dressier outfits.
However, the typical green accenting found on the shoe adds depth and a visual interest.
This is advantageous as it lowers its formality level, making it viable for an even wider range of outfits compared to an all-white trainer which could be too bold and throw off colour balance.
This is perhaps the biggest advantage (other than price) it has over its more luxurious counterpart, the common project’s Achilles, and is what sets its place on this list of the top men’s trainers.
#2 – Adidas Gazelle
Introduced in 1966, the Gazelle was originally designed for athletes and used different colours to signal different tasks, such as blue for training and red for hand ball.
The Adidas Gazelle is no doubt on the more casual side of the spectrum, lending to its suede outer and sometimes bold contrasting colours.
But this doesn’t make it any less perfect.
Worn by Daniel Craig in 2012’s Skyfall, it differs from its cousin, the Stan Smith, in that it compromises simplicity for visual interest.
As a result, you are more likely to get complements – but do make sure to tone down the rest of your outfit, as going too bold everywhere risks looking outlandish.
# 3 – Converse Chuck Taylor
No list of the best men’s trainers is complete without the Converse Chuck Taylor.
Similar to the Stan Smith’s in concept, but entirely different in execution, the unisex Chuck Taylors are again another iconic staple.
Although a basketball shoe created all the way back in the 1920s (perhaps why the 10th Doctor likes them so much), you will always find opportunity to throw these on.
Even though they are more difficult to pull off than the aforementioned, Chuck Taylors offer more of a youthful and casual vibe and can still be successfully incorporated into dressier outfits.
Furthermore, aside from colouring options, there are two variations of this trainer, a high top and a low top.
I see the high top as a more ‘hip’ alternative to the ‘classic’ low top, and can be matched accordingly.
#4 – Vans Old Skool (Canvas trainer)
Alike the Adidas Gizelle, Vans was founded in 1966 – and you CAN’T go wrong with them.
Coming in many different colours, there will always be something for you.
For some, a navy solid with white accenting will be your preferable incarnation.
However, you might want to check them out in washed out pastel pink if you have a bolder sense of style.
The key is to match the rest of your outfit with the chosen colour.
For a muted solid, classic options such as dark wash denim and a bomber jacket would blend perfectly together to create a cohesive outfit.
But with a bold trainer, you should look at bringing in other bold items to keep your ensemble in congruence – perhaps a Hawaiian shirt and some light wash denim.
This is a perfect showcase of how well designed and versatile the shoe it as the biggest factor in its suitability is the colour you get it in, not the style itself.
Giving off street and ‘old skool’ vibes, you shouldn’t miss these out of your collection.
#5 – Adidas Ultra Boost
Released in 2015, the most recent addition to this elite collection, the Nike Ultra Boost, falls into the category of athleisure.
Athleisure – casual, comfortable clothing designed to be suitable both for exercise and everyday wear. – Google dictionary.
In falling under a dress code category, it means that it is not as versatile as the previously mentioned footwear on this list.
However it excels greatly within its niche.
Combining with tapered sportswear, these Ultra Boots complete a formidable look to make you the best dressed man at the gym.
Conclusion – The Best Men’s Trainers that Every Man Should Own
A trend between all of the shoes in this list (aside from the Ultra Boosts) is that they have stood the test of time.
With the majority of them dating as far back as 100 years ago, it is fair to say that they are classics of casual menswear.
This is perhaps down to the very important factor of their ability of versatility.
Because they will never go out of style, it is a no-brainer that they should be part of your rotation.
This will help to create an interchangeable, easy to wear and aesthetic wardrobe.
It is unlikely this list of trainers will remain king for the foreseeable future, as they have already firmly cemented their places in footwear history.