At GQ we are big fans of trainers. It's a love that only burns brighter thanks to an abundance of weekly drops from Supreme, Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Puma and more. Plus, what's not to love about a sneaker: it goes with practically anything.
One thing we always ensure is that we have a solid pair of white kicks on our shoe racks, but we also ensure there's some neat black ones sitting alongside them. Black trainers have their advantages over white kicks: after all, there's much less of that anxiety to keep them box fresh.
Not only do black trainers go with anything and add an element of sophistication to an outfit, they will take you from work (office dress codes permitting) to the pub and even on to the nightclub. Plus, no matter the antics of the night before, the scuffs and grime will be anything but evident.
Below are the best you can buy right now, to give your trainer arsenal an upgrade.
Nike Air Max 98
Nike's Air Max 98 is 20 years old and it's still worth having in your trainer collection. A retro design that has stood the test of time, the Air Max 98 features a full-length Max Air unit that gives total cushioning in every step, as well as elevating your sneaker game. $198.10 at nike.com
Converse Chuck '70 Classic High Top
Worn by a young Leonardo DiCaprio in the coming-of-age movie Basketball Diaries, Converse's high top Chuck ‘70 Classics is a pair of trainers everybody needs: they won't break the bank and they go with everything from short shorts to wide-legged slacks. $86.70 at converse.com
Salomon Black XT-Wings 2 ADV Sneakers
Salomon's kicks have become a bit of a street style hit, sitting alongside the likes of Balenciaga's and Kiko Kostadinov's as the must-have trainers of the past year. With a technical appearance featuring a round toe, low-top design, flat rubber sole, contrast panels, toggle fastening and subtle branding, these will give you the bounce and stride you're after. $148.62 at brownsfashion.com
Taking inspiration from the classic running shoe, these Gucci trainers will inject your sneaker collection with a touch of catwalk goodness. Various Gucci signature details enrich the sports-influenced shape, with embroidered logos appearing all over the shoes. $755.50 at gucci.com
Rick Owens x Veja Venturi
Avant-garde designer Rick Owens has teamed up with Veja and the result is a sustainable pair of faux leather, faux suede and recycled EVO plastic trainers. For the do-gooders among us. $247.71 at matchesfashion.com
Celebrating more than 50 years as one of the best trainers you can buy, the Superstar is an unrivalled design. While you probably have the white version ready to grab already, invest in the black. After all: if they're good enough for Run DMC, they're good enough for us. $99.02 adidas
Bottega Veneta Speedster
These trainers live up to their name, taking your shoe game light years ahead of your friends' collections. Crafted in luxurious calfskin and featuring a leather inner lining, this is how a luxury brand such as Bottega Veneta does sports gear. Not to be worn for running. $736.93 at bottegaveneta.com
Vans has reinvigorated the classic slip-on silhouette with its comfort technology Comfycush, meaning not only do these look as good as they did when they were first released in 1977, but now have added support. $70.60 vans.co.uk
Acne Studios sneakers
Who said velcro was for children? We're seeing more of the stuff, whether it's at Gucci or super-cool Scandi brand Acne Studios. Make these your summer go-to. $359.17 at acnestudios.com
New Balance Made In US 990v5
Manufactured in the US for more than 75 years, New Balance's Made In US is the brand's more premium collection. Its trainers come complete with suede detailing and an Encap midsole technology, which provides support and maximum durability. $222.94 at newbalance.co.uk