Sorry, Heels—I'm Cheating on You With These Pretty Trainers

As someone who has spent the best part of the last 10 years wearing heels, I felt largely exempt from fashion's trainer obsession. Most of my daily wares veer on the casual side (think straight-leg jeans with button-up blouses), so I've come to rely on heels—be they kitten or stiletto—to give my outfits a glossy finish. I couldn't help but notice, however, the that sneaker scene has changed of late. Instead of chunky styles that your dad would wear, there are heaps of pretty trainers coming through.

Pretty Trainers: Emili Sindlev in a pair of pink and black trainers



From over-the-top embellishments to beautiful blush tones, these trainers were made for women like me who feel most confident in fancy footwear. So I decided to congregate all of my favourite pretty trainers in one place for your shopping pleasure. Keep scrolling to see and shop the best souped-up sneaks around.


The maximalist fashion movement is still going strong, and no trainers are fancier than Gucci's jewel-encrusted Flashtreks. If the price puts you off, consider these styles from Dune and Russell & Bromley.


The epitome of this trend, pink is fast becoming one of the top trainer trends of the year. From Stella's fuchsia chunky-soled sneakers to Veja's pared-back tennis shoes in blush, there's a pair to suit your vibe.


Nothing makes an outfit sing quite like a metallic accessory, and trainers are one of the easiest ways to integrate them into your wardrobe. We suggest opting for the same metal hue you wear in jewellery for a cohesive look. Or you could always choose a fun pastel shade.


Satin textures needn't be reserved for party season. Instead, carry it through to summer in sneaker form. Ruffles tend to up the feminine ante, while AlexaChung's high-tops will add edge to denim miniskirts.


It's one of 2019's biggest spring/summer trends, though it's no longer reserved for clothes. Leopard print is cropping up on kicks, too, and it has the power to make any outfit look glamorous. Try a pair with cropped jeans and a white blouse, or a pastel midi dress. 

Ensure your trainers look their best by wearing them with one of these 27 outfit formulas