How to Wear the Tech Trainer IRL

Tech trainers. Dad trainers. Ugly trainers – whatever you want to call them, there’s no avoiding the surprise sneaker hit of the season. Bella Hadid, Kendall Jenner and Hailey Baldwin are big fans. They were everywhere at the recent fashion shows in New York, London, Milan and Paris. Characterised by chunky soles and contrasting old-school sneaker fabrics, they’re a little bit Steve Jobs, a little bit Larry David, a little bit your dad back in the day and they definitely shouldn’t work, but they totally do. However, despite backing from the street style set and the coolest celebrities, we understand that they might seem a little tricky to style. Fear not; they’re a lot more versatile than you’d think…


The trick to styling tech sneakers is not to be overwhelmed by them. Treat them like you would a classic lace-up trainer and assume they go with everything. Among the street stylers, we’ve seen dad trainers with everyday denim and PVC trousers, but juxtaposing the tech vibe with the prettiest of dresses and skirts - think florals, silks, ruffled hems - makes for a striking contrast. The tweed Kurt Geiger 'Linford' lends itself to more feminine looks, while the minimalist monochrome style works adds a hit of cool to the simplest off-duty looks, as Emma Hill proves.


Black styles like Carvela’s 'Lamar' and Miss KG’s 'Lauren' offer a more pared-back way to work the tech trainer trend. Both feature key tech traits – neoprene, chunky soles, elastic straps – but appear sleeker on the foot. The flashes of metallic gold add a luxe touch that makes them after-dark friendly too.


A true ‘dad’ trainer – albeit it a very chic one – Carvela’s 'Linton' will lend any look major street style cred. Embrace the sporty aesthetic with retro track pants, or use them as a counterfoil to chicer pieces – Carvela’s Head of Buying and Design Amy Rollings wears hers with a metallic midi skirt and oversized knit.

Go on; give the tech trainer a try.

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