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The 5 Most Iconic Trainers of All Time

Something about a great pair of trainers makes you feel unstoppable. Maybe it's the way they make you feel powerful when you're pounding the pavement, or perhaps it’s the glamourous look they add to any outfit. Whatever it is, there's no doubt that trainers have become one of the most iconic fashion statements of all time.

Trainers are such a wardrobe staple nowadays that it's difficult to imagine a time when they weren't on everybody's feet. But like a lot of significant trends, trainers started to be worn outside of sports in the 1950s and ‘60s. James Dean was one of the pioneers in Rebel Without a Cause. But it wasn't until the ‘80s and ’90s that sneaker culture took off. Athletic footwear became one of the most common shoe types for everybody from the high street to the catwalk.

But while there have been countless trainer designs and new styles, certain ones stand out. We've put together a guide to five of the most iconic trainers of all time, each with their unique history and style. We've also included modern takes on classic designs from some of the best designers in fashion.

Adidas Stan Smiths

It’s a challenge to choose just one pair of Adidas trainers to put on this list. The Adidas Superstar is a timeless classic, and the Adidas Gazelle is incredibly popular. But the Stan Smiths just pip the post.

A tennis player named Stan Smith became a style icon in 1971 when his namesake shoes first debuted. These sneakers are now coveted by fashion insiders and athletes alike with their effortless cool factor. The green and white design is undeniably chic and perfect for a versatile look that takes you from the courts to the streets with ease.

Adidas trainers that just missed the list include Adidas Superstar and Adidas Samba.

Nike Air Max 1

In the late '80s, after designing the Nike Air Jordan style, Nike designer Tinker Hatfield had a vision for sneakers that would change the game. He wanted to create shoes with air bubbles in them that you could see. At the time, people doubted his vision.

But over time, his idea proved to be genius and became one of the most iconic sneaker designs ever made. With their comfortable fit and striking style, Nike Air Max sneakers are perfect for anyone who wants to make a statement with their footwear.

Other notable Nike designs: The Nike Cortez and Nike Air Force 1.

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

The Chuck Taylor All Star has been a mainstay in the fashion industry for decades. Initially created as a basketball sneaker, it has become a casual favourite. The classic black and white cotton canvas pair are still popular today, and with good reason — they're versatile and stylish.

With countless variations and styles over the years, always trust in the original black and white design. Made from sturdy cotton canvas, these shoes will last through whatever activity you throw at them.

Vans Old Skool

The Vans Old Skool is a legendary sneaker that's been a favourite of style icons and street stars for decades.

The Old Skool style is the original skate shoe but has become a mainstay style in the fashion world for decades. The Old Skool can be dressed up or down to suit most occasions with its timeless look and versatile style. Plus, their comfortable construction makes it perfect for all-day wear.

Reebok Classic

Reebok Classic trainers have been a mainstay in fashion and the UK garage scene for more than 30 years, and it’s not hard to see why. With intricate panelling and a stylish jagged tread, they have a vintage look that’s perfect for a chic, active lifestyle.

These trainers are perfect for hitting the gym or taking on the streets with simple, understated styling, a comfortable padded lining and an aggressive tread pattern.

Still not found your pair of iconic trainers? You’re bound to find them in our extensive designer collections with items from Kenzo, Isabel Marant and many more.