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Sneaker Series: Charting Spring's Essential Sneakers

Sneaker Series: Charting Spring's Essential Sneakers

From the streets of London to the sidewalks of Manhattan, from the boulevards of Paris to the back streets of Hong Kong, these days, men around the world are choosing to pound their native pavements in trainers. A ubiquitous element of the stylish man’s wardrobe, they’re a day-to-day essential serving the global population wherever they reside and whatever the dress code. It was with this in mind that we decided to chart our essential sneaker styles for spring. These are trainers that will transcend the changing winds of fashion, not flash-in-the-pan trends that you’ll regret a few years down the line. From the perfect white low top to a minimalist chunky trainer, these are the essential sneakers for spring.

A black leather Valentino Open Rockstud trainer with a black laces, a black sole and dark metal studs


As key to your wardrobe as an all-white pair of kicks, black trainers require significantly less maintenance than their white counterparts. Suitable for any occasion when you don’t want to worry about getting your pristine trainers dirty, this studded Valentino pair are also sophisticated enough for a more formal event.

A white leather Gucci New Ace trainer with a green mock alligator heel tab, white laces and a green and reg Gucci Web stripe down the centre of the quarter panel


No list of essential sneakers would be complete without referencing Gucci’s signature Ace Web trainers. With a minimal silhouette modelled on a classic tennis shoe and the house’s signature red and green stripe, wear with jeans at the weekend or make them work for work with a pair of suit trousers.

A Moncler Horace runner trainer with navy mesh side panels and vamp, a navy suede heel counter and black leather heel tab, black laces, a black stripe side panel and rubber Moncler logo on the toungue


Incomparable comfort and performance-inspired elements mean that runners are pretty trendy right now and will never go out of style. Leather, nylon, stretch and a padded insole mean these Moncler Horace trainers are our go-to for urban exploration, whilst a slightly retro silhouette appeals to the fashion nostalgic in all of us.

 Black leather Oversized Alexander McQueen trainers with a chunky white rubber sole


A key SS19 trend, chunky trainers are as much a part of the fabric of fashion’s current mood as, well, fabric. We believe, however, that this pair of Alexander McQueen oversized trainers will stand the test of time better than most, thanks to the clean silhouette and pared-back colourway.

All-black leather Giuseppe Zanotti high top trainers


This monochrome Giuseppe Zanotti trainer may be minimalist in appearance, but it makes maximum impact with its retro-inspired high-top silhouette. The modern all-black colourway, from sole to tongue, results in an understated statement. Try saying that backwards.