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The 10 hottest trainers for February 2016

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Ben Isaacs
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You may only have one pair of feet but that's no excuse for not having an absurd number of trainers ready to go each day. And with the selection as good as this, you'd have to be Amish or something to not be adding to your collection. 

So here's our ten favourite releases for February. Why not treat yourself for Valentine's Day?

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  • The 10 hottest trainers for February 2016

    Adidas Originals NMD_R1

    What: Adidas Originals NMD_R1

    Why you need 'em on your feet: The grey Primeknit update of the outstanding NMD is one of the most eagerly anticipated drops of 2016. Frankly, if you've not already ordered a pair the time you're spending reading this means you've probably missed out. So just enjoy looking at them in all their Boost-cushioned, lightweight monochrome glory. A fashion-forward choice for the discerning sneaker head.

    Get ’em: Out now, £130, adidas.co.uk/NMD

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    Air Jordan XXX

    What: Air Jordan XXX

    Why you need 'em on your feet: It may sound like an unlikely porn parody but Roman numeral buffs will realise it’s simply the 30th incarnation of the iconic shoe. If you ask us, the Jordans from this century won’t have the timeless appeal the Eighties and Nineties models enjoy. However this follows the trend of making the new versions as ‘dressy’ as possible. With ‘athleisure’ being such a big thing these are trainers you can wear with trousers to prove you have the coolness enough to pull off high-end streetwear.

    Get ’em: Out 12 February, £TBC, jordan.com

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    New Balance 90s Running Pack

    What: New Balance 90s Running Pack

    Why you need 'em on your feet: The Nineties are more popular now than they were in the Nineties so relive them with these New Balance 530s. Available in three breezy new colourways, you can wear these with jeans and marvel at how far running tech has come in the past few decades.

    Get ’em: Out 1 February, £80, newbalance.co.uk

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    Saucony Shadow 6000

    What: Saucony Shadow 6000

    Why you need 'em on your feet: If you were a kid in the Eighties, Saucony was probably not your go-to trainer. And yet here we are. This isn't the first time this 1988 (now) classic has been available but it's never looked so summer-fresh. Wait, what month is it, again?

    Get ’em: Out 1 February, £85, saucony.co.uk

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    Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit

    What: Nike Air Force 1 Ultra Flyknit

    Why you need 'em on your feet: There have been more than 2,000 versions of the Air Force 1 (go count them, we’ll wait) but until now they’ve all had one thing in common: they’re hot and heavy. Flyknit uppers were originally designed for the likes of Mo Farah to weigh practically nothing in while on the track but it soon became clear they ‘knitted’ threads also looked incredibly striking, not to mention more comfortable and wearable. Adding them to the classic 1982 basketball shoe has created something you can wear with practically any outfit. Just don’t try to play basketball in them.

    Get ’em: Out now, £150, nike.com

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    Clae The Bradley

    What: Clae The Bradley

    Why you need 'em on your feet: LA footwear brand Clae has brought out another slick sneaker. Its take on the court shoe can be worn with practically anything, and smart enough for a February 14 wedding if you know anyone crazy enough to do that. Also available in black or navy.

    Get ’em: Out Mid February, £80, clae.eu

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    Converse Cons One Star Pro

    What: Converse Cons One Star Pro

    Why you need 'em on your feet: It's harder to get more casual than this. Keep them in good condition and they'll serve you well for everything from summer barbecues to evenings in the pub. Anywhere where there's booze, basically. Also available in 'dolphin' (that's grey to those of you who aren't marine biologists) and cherry, but blue is the pick.

    Get ’em: Out now, £65, converse.com/uk

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    New Balance 'Made In England' Football Pack

    What: New Balance 'Made In England' Football Pack

    Why you need 'em on your feet: New Balance has put out some well-received boots in recent years but these are in a different league. Made in the brand's Flimby factory, it sees two famous models – the M577 and M1500 – given a retro football boot makeover, and the debut of a new trainer. The Epic TR (pictured middle) is based on a football boot New Balance produced in Flimby back in the Nineties. If terraces still existed this is what you should wear on them.

    Get ’em: Out 20 February, £115-£130, newbalance.co.uk

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    Diadora S.8000 Pigskin Pack

    What: Diadora S.8000 Pigskin Pack

    Why you need 'em on your feet: Is you saw these last year they were very fresh and sporty. In 2016 they're muted and casual. And look spectacular. The upper is super soft suede, they're made in Italy and available in two colours (tan or grey). Bellissimo.

    Get ’em: Out Early February, £TBC, diadora.com

  • The 10 hottest trainers for February 2016 9

    Nike Sock Dart Tech Fleece 'Mulberry'

    What: Nike Sock Dart Tech Fleece 'Mulberry'

    Why you need 'em on your feet: The original Sock Dart was ahead of its time in 2004 but modern fabrics make them ideal for 2016. Tech Fleece has been used in Nike clothing for a while now and there's something decedent and futuristic about adding it to footwear. The Sock Dart will be big this year so you might want to get in on the trend early with this first edition.

    Get ’em: Out 4 February, £TBC, nike.com

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