2015: The trainers you need
By Gavin Jewkes, 14 January 2015
It’s a style that’s had the Internet’s hybebeasts whipped into a frenzy for a while now, but 2015 is the year that the Adidas Originals ZX Flux becomes the go-to trainer for people who don’t store their kicks in hermetically sealed boxes. Tricked out in a simple monochromatic colourway, this style boasts woven uppers, which contributes to a cool sense of airiness and comfort. With a moulded heel cage and a padded cuff and tongue, these are trainers at their most handsome, and look especially tasty when worn with a hefty turn up and no socks.
The Nike Air Max and Roshe are yet to be toppled in the mainstream popularity stakes. But the SB Janowski is gathering pace and hot on their heels (if you'll pardon the pun) in terms of sneakerhead affection. The low-top style means it’s versatile, and the simple design is perfect for men who don’t want to look too sporty. Alternate between a pair of these and your Vans, depending on whether you’re feeling more street or skate.
Reebok has undergone a major image upgrade in recent years, emerging as the kick du jour for many a trainer obsessive. And when you witness styles as fresh as the CL, it’s not hard to see why. Featuring Reebok’s signature branding, a supple textile upper with a suede overlay, and a no-nonsense contrast sole, pulling on a pair of these lets the trainer community know you know what’s up, without alienating your less style-savvy mates.