Bridging the gap between performance-based sneakers and evening shoes,  ‘smart trainers’ are an integral part to any contemporary wardrobe.


Image above c/o Thom Sweeney

Whether used to dress down a suit or smarten up your casual wear, this new breed of footwear lays to rest the idea that trainers are for ‘weekends only’. Here are three of the best brand across a variety of price points.

Converse Jack Purcell


Unchanged since the 1930s the Converse Jack Purcell has a durable canvas upper, canvas lining and removable EVA insert for comfort, traditional metal eyelets, rubber-wrapped midsole, classic light-blue rubber outsole, medial-side air vent holes for breathability and the unmistakable Jack Purcell smile on the toe cap. Available in white, black and navy.

£65 from MR PORTER

CQP Sneakers


A classic low top with an innovative deconstructed build makes the CQP Racquet sneaker (in beige) extremely soft and breathable. Hand made with fine materials, backed up by a properly constructed and supportive sole.

£250 from CQP

Common Projects


Clean, minimalist and superior build quality have earned the leather ‘Original Achilles’ sneakers from Common Projects a place in smart-sneaker history. The design is one of the label’s most popular, and has no detailing, save for the sleek signature golden stamp on the heels.

£290 at MR PORTER