The 50 best trainers for Summer 2016

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Dan Masoliver
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Sun is shining, the weather is sweet. Makes you want to get some new creps for your feet. To the rescue, here we are, with a run down of the freshest trainers by far.*

Sate your unquenchable thirst for the finest footwear with our guide to the very best new releases, limited editions and incontrovertible classics the season has to offer.

*Apologies, Mr Marley.

  • Reebok Classics NPC UK II TB

    What: Reebok Classics NPC UK II TB

    In short: Tennis shoes don't come more ace than these.

    Get 'em: £65,

  • Asics Gel-Lyte III

    What: Asics Gel-Lyte III Red

    In short: Classic styling with bold colour-blocking.

    Get 'em: £94,


  • Adidas Topanga

    What: Adidas Topanga Black and Gum

    In short: An urban twist on the '70s originals.

    Get 'em: £79.99,

  • Puma x SNS Blaze Of Glory

    What: Puma x SNS Blaze Of Glory Swedish Camo

    In short: Camo-print collaboration between two footwear powerhouses.

    Get 'em: £99,

  • Nike KD 8 iD

    What: Nike KD 8 iD

    In short: Fully customisable basketball kicks.

    Get 'em: £145,

  • Diadora Exodus Flamingo

    What: Diadora Exodus Flamingo

    In short: On-trend turquoise meets en pointe flamingos.

    Get 'em: £129,

  • Paul Smith Basso

    What: Paul Smith Off-White Leather Basso With Ants Print

    In short: Designed in Britain, crafted in Italy, worth every penny (all 33,000 of them).

    Get 'em: £330,

  • Adidas ZX Flux ADV

    What: Adidas ZX Flux ADV Blue

    In short: Blue is the colour, swagger is the game.

    Get 'em: £74.99,

  • Clarks Trigenic Flex

    What: Clarks Trigenic Flex Rust

    In short: Soft suede and a Vibram sole make for mad comfy moccasins.

    Get 'em: £100,

  • New Balance M1500YG

    What: New Balance M1500YG

    In short: Street style, sunny side up.

    Get 'em: £129,

  • Comme Des Garcons Shirt

    What: Comme Des Garcons Shirt

    In short: Simple yet oh-so-effective canvas sneakers from the high fashion house.

    Get 'em: £215,

  • Adidas Superstar Adicolor

    What: Adidas Superstar Adicolor Shock Mint

    In short: The only thing shocking about these is that you don't already own them.

    Get 'em: £74.99,

  • Asics Gel-Lyte V

    What: Asics Gel-Lyte V

    In short: Cooler than an autumn's evening on the French Riviera.

    Get 'em: £97,

  • Valentino Open Low Top

    What: Valentino Open Low Top White & Sapphire Blue

    In short: If you want to know what it's like to walk in the shoes of a millionaire, try these beauties on for size.

    Get 'em: £399,

  • New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Sweatshirt

    What: New Balance Fresh Foam Zante Sweatshirt

    In short: Sporty little numbers mixing NB's performance running tech and street-inspired materials.

    Get 'em: £95,

  • Diadora N9000 Double L

    What: Diadora N9000 Double L

    In short: Flashes of neon orange bring this 1990s design bouncing and raving into 2016.

    Get 'em: £105,

  • Vans x Alien Workshop Chukka Pro in Lake

    What: Vans x Alien Workshop Chukka Pro

    In short: Trust no one... who doesn't like this awesome collab between two of the biggest names in skateboarding apparel.

    Get 'em: £57.99,

  • Superga 2340 Binx Mike High

    What: Superga 2340 Binx Mike High

    In short: You show us a more deftly deployed trapezium, we'll eat a hat of your choosing.

    Get 'em: £80,

  • Adidas Very Spezial Primeknit

    What: Adidas Very Spezial Primeknit

    In short: Originally designed for the Olympic sport of handball, these kicks are pure gold.

    Get 'em: £90,

  • Nike Air Huarache Run Premium

    What: Nike Air Huarache Run Premium

    In short: Subtle monochrome palm-print panelling brings a flash of Santa Monica Boulevard to these baby blue beauts.

    Get 'em: £95,

  • New Balance 530 Vazee Suede

    What: New Balance 530 Vazee Suede

    In short: Urban camo vibes that won't go unnoticed.

    Get 'em: £90,

  • Converse x Missoni Chuck Taylor Ox

    What: Converse x Missoni Chuck Taylor Ox

    In short: A high fashion collaboration you don't need to remortgage your flat to get your hands on (and your feet in).

    Get 'em: £69,

  • Paul Smith Stereo

    What: Paul Smith Stereo Sand Suede 

    In short: As The Bard once said, "sporty soles and designer detailing, versatile sneakers doth make."

    Get 'em: £190,

  • Diadora Trident Geometric

    What: Diadora Trident Geometric

    In short: Perfect for pulling shapes in the sunshine.

    Get 'em: £125,

  • Hunter Gum Sole Plimsolls

    What: Hunter Gum Sole Plimsolls

    In short: Keep your feet bone dry, whatever weather the British summer throws your way.

    Get 'em: £80,

  • Diadora x Extra Butter Titan II Spaghetti Western

    What: Diadora x Extra Butter Titan II Spaghetti Western

    In short: Channel A Fistful of Dollars era Clint Eastwood with this Spaghetti Western-inspired collab between Diadora and NYC crep-heads Extra Butter.

    Get 'em: £115,

  • Nike SB Stefan Janoski Elite Cork

    What: Nike SB Stefan Janoski Elite Cork

    In short: An argument for screw-top wine bottles if ever we saw one. Fewer corks, more trainers please.

    Get 'em: £74.99,

  • Vans Mono Iso 1.5

    What: Vans Mono Iso 1.5 Red

    In short: Crimson peak.

    Get 'em: £57,

  • Pointer Bernard

    What: Pointer Bernard Jet Black

    In short: A punk take on an iconic shape.

    Get 'em: £74.99,

  • Nike Flyknit Racer

    What: Nike Flyknit Racer White, Black & Volt

    In short: Rest easy in the knowledge that you could run a marathon in these. You know, if you felt like it.

    Get 'em: £129,

  • Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Marble

    What: Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Marble

    In short: Limited edition luxury: treat your feet.

    Get 'em: £70,

  • MULO Cotton Petrol Espadrille

    What: MULO Cotton Petrol Espadrille

    In short: Espadrilles are stylish but can be pretty uncomfortable - something MULO have remedied by putting in cushioned arch support and rubber-crepe soles.

    Get 'em: £95,

  • Reebok ZPump Fusion 2.0 Dunes

    What: Reebok ZPump Fusion 2.0 Dunes

    In short: We haven't checked, but we're preeeetty sure this is what Foster the People were on about in that 'Pumped Up Kicks' song.

    Get 'em: £85,

  • Pointer Connor

    What: Pointer Connor Jet Black

    In short: Named after the Highlander Connor Macloud (for some bizarre, incomprehensible reason), Pointer's first running shoe was worth waiting for.

    Get 'em: £89.99,

  • Vans Hula Stripes Old Skool

    What: Vans Hula Stripes Old Skool

    In short: Because Hawaiian print isn't just for shirts.

    Get 'em: £57,

  • Filling Pieces Mountain Cut Sneaker

    What: Filling Pieces Mountain Cut Sneaker

    In short: Take a hike, pal.

    Get 'em: £159,

  • Adidas x Yohji Yamamoto Y-3 Pure Boost ZG Knit

    What: Adidas x Yohji Yamamoto Y-3 Pure Boost ZG Knit

    In short: All the money, yes, but also all the style points.

    Get 'em: £229,

  • Diadora V7000 NYL

    What: Diadora V7000 NYL

    In short: This summer is all about teal, and we're all about these V7000s.

    Get 'em: £95,

  • Gourmet The 35 Lite SP

    What: Gourmet The 35 Lite SP

    In short: Tiger style, the gourmand's choice.

    Get 'em: £49.99,

  • Vans Vault Classic Woven Slip-on LX

    What: Vans Vault Classic Woven Slip-on LX

    In short: A lot of brands have gone down the woven route this year, but none with greater impact than these 50th anniversary slip-ons.

    Get 'em: £149,

  • Reebok World Best

    What: Reebok World Best

    In short: Once upon a time this was the lightest racing shoe on the planet; nowadays it's a heavyweight of sneaker style.

    Get 'em: £75,

  • NikeLab x Supreme Air Max 98

    What: NikeLab x Supreme Air Max 98

    In short: When these land (release date TBC), you'll have to queue around the block to get your mitts on them. Worth it, though.

    Get 'em: £TBC,

  • Reebok Furylite Slip-on WW

    What: Reebok Furylite Slip-on WW

    In short: You think ninjas wear lace-up shoes?

    Get 'em: £67,

  • Saucony Grid 9000

    What: Saucony Grid 9000

    In short: Minty fresh.

    Get 'em: £90,

  • Nike SB Dunk High Premium Chicken and Waffles QS

    What: Nike SB Dunk High Premium Chicken and Waffles QS

    In short: Get your waffle on.

    Get 'em: £69.99,

  • Superga 2750 Binx Boris

    What: Superga 2750 Binx Boris

    In short: Wave goodbye to monotone soles.

    Get 'em: £70,

  • Vans Checkerboard Authentic

    What: Vans Checkerboard Authentic

    In short: More summery than sitting on Brighton Beach, holding an ice cream sandwich in one hand, skimming stones with the other.

    Get 'em: £52,

  • Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Premium

    What: Nike SB Stefan Janoski Max Premium

    In short: A walking work of art.

    Get 'em: £100,

  • Saucony Shadow 6000 Premium

    What: Saucony Shadow 6000 Premium

    In short: The design inspiration for these shoes is Irish coffee - we'll drink to that.

    Get 'em: £110,

  • New Balance 530 Vazee Suede

    What: New Balance 530 Vazee Suede

    In short: Town meets country.

    Get 'em: £90,