Swears by: best trainers

Choosing trainers

Whether you're a trainer hoarder looking to add to your collection, or you're searching for the perfect wear-with-everything pair, here's our round-up of the best trainers for women – as chosen by Mumsnetters

Black Nike Air Max Thea, £95

Black Nike Air Max Thea, £95

Sleek and stylish, these black Nike Air Max are a throwback to 90s classics and yet somehow manage to look utterly contemporary. They will go with anything – a skirt, dress, leggings or jeans – and their black mesh upper's no-sew overlay keeps them light and stable.

They're so comfortable that, like this Mumsnetter, you won't want to take them off: “I bought a pair of black Nike Thea about a month ago and haven't left my feet since.”

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Skechers Go Walk, £59

Skechers Go Walk, £59

These Go Walk Lite trainers from Skechers are ideal for summer holidays, as they're comfortable enough to wear while exploring in the day, and smart enough, especially in navy, to wear of an evening. They're also breathable, light and easy to slide on and off.

Says one Mumsnetter: “I bought a pair of Skechers Go Walk for an upcoming holiday. I have realised that Converse are not built for walking around cities for hours on end.”

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Ash Virgins, £135

Ash Virgins, £135

Who says grey trainers are dull? Not fans of Ash Virgins, that's for sure. If you want something comfortable and sporty, that doesn't compromise your sense of style, then these in soft leather are for you. With four adjustable buckles, a 2.5 cm sole and side zip that makes them easy to pull on and off, they will make you stand out from the crowd.

“I just got a pair of Ash Virgins for £64 in the sale – I might be very late to the party but I've been coveting a pair for the last three years. I'm super pleased with them and they are so comfy, I've worn them every single day since I've had them.”

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Adidas Stan Smiths, £69.99

Adidas Stan Smiths, £69.99

Though it is said you shouldn't wear a trend if you remember it the first time around, even Mumsnetters who remember Stan Smiths from the 70s can't get enough of the classic Adidas tennis shoes. They look as good with work trousers as they do with jeans and they provide a comfy fit for wider feet. There are other colourways available, but we've got a real soft spot for the original green and white combination.

“I was pleasantly surprised that my latest online purchase of some Adidas Stan Smiths are a great width with a lovely round toe that suits the shape of my square trotters.”

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Adidas ZX Flux, £48.96 (were £69.95)

Adidas ZX Flux, £48.96 (were £69.95)

If you're after a sportier look, these lightweight, unisex Adidas trainers are the perfect mix of utility and style. With a moulded heel cage, a sole with plenty of grip, and a rubber toe bumper, you can wear these sport-luxe trainers for work or play.

“These are very comfy and have been much-admired. I toured all over China in them at Christmas.”

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Vans Old Skool, £55

Vans Old Skool, £55

Classic, with a nostalgic touch of 90s grunge, Vans Old Skool trainers are a crucial part of many MNers off-duty wardrobe. With padded collars for a bit of ankle support and reinforced toe-caps for longevity, they should be sturdy enough to withstand whatever you throw at them. Available in 15 shades, you can stand out from the crowd in orange or keep it classic in black – all with the signature white stripe, of course.

“Old Skool Vans lace ups – quite simply the comfiest thing you’ll ever put on your feet, from the word go. No breaking in required.”

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Superga, £50

Superga, £50

With a breathable cotton upper and a vulcanised rubber sole – Supergas are the trainers you want to take on your holidays. They're lightweight, yet resilient, and they look just as good with skirts and dresses as they do with jeans. They're available in a range of colours and finishes – from satin to silver – but we like this fresh white pair with denim for the summer months.

“You can’t go wrong with Superga!”

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Onitsuka Tiger Corsaire, from £32

Onitsuka Tiger Corsaire, from £32

These Onitsuka Tiger trainers are chic yet understated, and comfy without being clumpy. With a cushioned sole, arch cookies for support, and a thicker heel for shock absorption, they're comfy enough to wear all day (and all night). And, best of all, the Corsaire style are unisex, making them ideal if you struggle to find your size in most women's ranges but still want a neat, stylish shoe.

“I absolutely adore my Onitsuka Tigers. They are supremely comfortable, stylish, and, crucially, not embarrassing.”

“My Onitsuka Tigers are easily the best trainers I've ever owned. Comfortable and quietly stylish.”

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Mumsnetter top trainer tip

One Mumsnetter shared how she gets her hands on branded trainers at a fraction of the price:

“I love trainers and get lots through the Schuh imperfect section. They mostly just have light fading from being on display. I pay a third of the RRP for most of the pairs I get on there.”

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