We take trainer-wearing seriously here at ShortList. Not to the point of wearing them to bed (though we’ve pondered it) but seriously enough to consider ourselves an authority on the coolest footwear known to man.
In fact, so furious is our pursuit of bringing you the very best and most original trainers from across the world, we often uncover kicks as highly priced as they are highly rare. But not all of them, however, so with Christmas on the horizon and belts potentially tight, here are the best pairs you can snap up for less than £75.
Now rifle through the best of them and thank us later.
adidas - Trimm Star [£67]
If 1983 signalled the end of the Death Star, 1985 signalled the rise of the Trimm Star; its Ghilly Lacing System and low slunk style winning over thousands of fans and helping it become one of the most coveted adidas trainers around. And now it’s back, with a fittingly throwback look of maroon suede, golden yellow design and a dark-gum textured midsole.
Vans - Ludlow Felt [£55]
Narrowly beating the Ludlow Cork as our recent favourite Vans oddity, the recent 'Felt Pack' gives the Ludlow its fuzziest look yet, augmented with a nice dash of toffee gum. So good you could almost eat them. Almost.
Nike - Pegasus 83/30 [£70]
Exclusive to Size, this 30th anniversary celebration of the Nike Air Pegasus is arguably the finest incarnation so far. Bearing a faux snakeskin Swoosh (far from as lame as it sounds) and cool grey and platinum splashed across the heel and meshes, the real stroke of genius is the choice of blue laces. Shrewd.
Reebok - Red Flash [£71]
Hankering for some flash new trainers but also worried about the forthcoming onslaught of winter weather? Have no fear: Reebok’s epic GL 6000 sneaker boots, with added nylon ankle section and thick rope laces, are rugged enough to take slush in their stride and still give you street cred (if that's still a thing). Currently in high demand over at Wish Atlanta, keep your eyes peeled for more stock in the coming weeks...
Nike - Rosche Dusty Cactus & Spicy Blue [£60]
You’ll stand little chance of getting lost in a cacti-clad desert with this marvellously bright pair of Dusty Cactus and Spice Blue Nike Rosche. Perfect for runners thanks to airy material and a nice traction on a sturdy orange sole, we bet they wouldn’t look out of place on a night out either.
New Balance - U410 Runner [£44.99]
We’re not sure when New Balance suddenly became cool again, but we’re guessing designs like these might have helped. Classic and bright, the suede/mesh mash up ensures this if you need a pair of shoes to traipse around a city in, this is your ticket.
Puma – Blaze Of Glory OG ’93 [£50]
Who needs to shell out for a pair of Reebok Pumps when you have the more manoeuvrable and equally Nineties inspired Blaze Of Glory OG 93 available at half the price? This hefty throwback pump, with teal plastic overlay and black upper mesh, is currently priced at just £50. To continue the basketball references, it's a steal.
adidas – Originals Hamburg [£70]
We don’t have much to thank Europe’s casual football movement of the 1980s for, but we do have footwear. Specifically, the near-fabled adidas Hamburg, stomped in by legions of rowdy football fans who popularised the shoe the continent over. Enjoying somewhat of a comeback, the shoe now has a frost blue suede upper and a gold Hamburg branding on the side wall and tongue.
Nike - Air Flight OG '91 [£70]
Another pair of high-top trainers with looks that belie the price tag, the Nike Air Flight OG, first released in 1991 and part of the White Men Can’t Jump collection, marry nostalgia and neat design brilliantly. If you're an eighties kid, you've no excuse not to snap them up.
Adidas - Loop Runner Trail [£46]
If Barbour’s autumn/winter collaboration with adidas looks a bit extravagant, turn to the German brand’s other new outdoor weapon, the Loop Runner Trail. Toughening up the usually fragile SL range with some mud-resisting ballistic mesh, suede overlays and thick tube lacing with metal eyelet, muddy paths will think twice about crossing you in this pair.
Converse - Jack Purcell Leather Ox [£60]
No trainer list would be complete without a pair of Converse - wearable with any attire, and a long-time staple of any right-thinking man’s shoe rack. Our pick right now would be the Jack Purcell Ox, which are as classic as it gets, with the detailed toe cap and light blue covered sole adding that bit of extra panache.
Nike - Air Force 1 Low Suede [£67]
Depending how much you enjoy watching Harrison Ford grappling with Russian terrorists, you might agree that Air Force One is a thoroughly good watch .Though if you really want some Air Force 1-related kicks, step into these suede beauties, available in jet black, gym red and, sounding a bit like a Ruski code name, wolf grey.
Nike - Eric Koston [£74.99]
If the words ‘Mid Shield’, ‘Hyper Crimson’ have you scrambling for Marvel’s Wikipedia page, we should point out that the former refers to a smart Nike trainer and the latter one of the colours it’s currently available in. Then again, with smart, sturdy water-repellent, reflective fabric and a black option (seen here), they wouldn't look amiss on most superhero's either.
Asics - Gel-Lyte III [£69.99]
Meet your latest gym trainer. Indeed, you won’t find many of the popular Asics Gel Lyte III range for less than £90, and for good reason – the rear foot shock absorption and special split tongue is second to none. Yet you can snap one pair up right now for £69.99.
Reebok - R12 Classic [£65]
The Reebok Classic is just that. A classic. Like a Meatloaf vinyl, it never goes out of fashion. Especially not with this Darth Vader-black leather R12 jamming our rebel radars, bringing with it some stitched leather upper tonal suede overlays and neat heel surround. What’s more, with these bad-ass kicks just £65, you’d be foolish not to join the dark side.