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The Sneaker Guide

7th May 2014 | Posted in Mens

A vital part of modern style, whether you’re part the sneaker head uprising or simply an admirer of athletic style crossing the sporting arenas of the world and entering the high street, a good pair of trainers have become a pivotal feature in the modern day mans wardrobe.

From hi tops to vintage style runners, the classic combination of comfort and versatility has resulted in the sneaker being available in a whole host of styling options, ensuring that there is a pair of kicks for pretty much everyone. Check out our favourite trainers of the moment, coming from some of the most iconic sporting innovators on the planet., who have moulded their most iconic styles to pound the pavements.

Reebok Classics

A true talisman of the British footwear industry, Reebok Classic’s are the understated style choice of the original sneaker freak. With a niche look that reflects the unique home grown story behind Reebok, Reebok Classics are a purists dream, operating as an icon of one the most celebrated booms in British culture.

Reebok Classic Workout Low Trainer

As one of the hallowed ‘Franchise 5’- the collection of trainers that well and truly put Reebok onto the map of athletic success, the Reebok Classic Workout Low Trainer was first released over 25 years ago, in an attempt to capture the market of fitness enthusiasts who needed a trainer to support them whether they were running, weight lifting or doing aerobics. A blend of quality construction and soft supple leather proved to be a winning combination, and the Reebok Classic Workout Low, amongst other Reebok styles, became a style icon of the 80’s.

Available in the classic OG colour, these Reebok’s are the cherished reincarnation of one of Reebok’s most infamous silhouettes, and are a must have addition to any sneaker collection for a hefty delivery of traditional British athleticism.



Converse

One of the few brands that can hold affiliations with pretty much every culture, Converse are an American icon, using everything from basketball to music as their stomping ground. The instantly recognisable mix of a white vulcanised sole, matching toe cap and canvas upper has tried to be imitated many times- but nothing can get close to a pair of original Converse, making them one of the most diverse and versatile styles of footwear available.

Converse All Star Hi Trainer

Pinned as one of the trainers that started off the sneaker obsession culture, the Converse Hi All Star Trainer is a true American hero. Fondly referred to as ‘Chucks’ the Converse hi top was backed, and sold by Chuck Taylor, an American basketball player who poured all his expertise into developing the All Star to rival the limited range of basketball shoes that were available in the 1920’s.

With the Converse All Star patch on the inside of the ankle, a pair of Converse Hi All Star Trainers pay homage to a legend of one of the greatest sports on earth, with the Chuck Taylor signature adorning the side.



Adidas

One of the original super powers of the world’s sports fields, Adidas are steeped in history, from their roots in Germany, to their infamous feud with family rivals Puma, and their sponsorship of some of the planets greatest sporting stars; Adidas are the epitome of not just athletic styling, but reliable and historic fashion.

Adidas ZX 700 Trainer

Part of the ZX family, which set the 80’s running scene alight, these Adidas ZX700 trainers were inspired by a golden age of technology. At a time of huge innovation for the world, with the launch of the first Apple Mac computer and the first CD-ROM, Adidas were keeping pace with the publics rapidly changing perceptions of physical possibility with the launch of their ZX range.

The ZX differed from any other trainer at the time because of its versatility. Equally adept at pounding tarmac as it was off road, the ZX could go the distance or work just as well for a short sprint. The ZX range grew and developed over time, with a host of styles offering different levels of padding and comfort, with the ZX700 becoming one of the most comfortable pairs, thanks to being crafted specifically for high mileage running.



Vans

The very definition of laid-back Californian style, Vans have become synonymous with the streets, covering the feet of BMX riders to skaters. Like a lot of successful stateside brands, Vans have spread to every corner of the globe, taking with them that unmistakable sense of sun drenched style.

Vans Authentic Canvas Trainer

The original style that was patented crafted by Paul Van Doren, the original designer of what was then called the Vans number 44-deck shoe. Now known all over the world as the Authentic, this trainer has become a staple style, with its bulky vulcanised sole and durable canvas upper giving it a true affinity to the skate community, as well as any one who appreciates a feel for retro styling.

 

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