Sport luxe – especially trainers – are still going strong this season, and it seems like you can never have too many pairs. But right now a much more feminine trend – floral prints – is putting a fresh spin on the athletic staple. They’re the ultimate multi-tasker for spring, seeing you through cooler days in April, but still looking hot come June, so we’ve chosen ten of the best.
Gazelle Floral Print, Adidas Originals
This pair by Adidas Originals taps into a third Spring/Summer trend: pastel colours. Washed-out shades of pink and blue are brilliantly brought out by stripes of lemon, while a chunky white sole lends them a slightly street edge. The simple laces and Adidas logo on the side keep them feeling authentic despite the floral pattern, so you could comfortably wear these courtside. Just add denim shorts and sport-inspired pieces (look for neoprene and mesh) for a relaxed summer look.
Floral Print Platforms, MSGM
These multi-textured platform shoes from MSGM are a high-fashion version of the floral trainer, with a very chunky platform and print panels across the top. Bright pink and yellow blooms have been spliced with python, creating a hothouse effect. It might risk looking a little over the top, but the cool monochrome stripes along the side add some necessary minimalism to the sole. Don’t be afraid to mix them up with other clashing prints, and they’ll work with this year’s cool culottes as well.
Blue Floral Trainers, Swear
For a laidback vibe, try these blue floral trainers by Swear. The skinny laces might have been inspired by brogues, but their textured tread means they still look suitably athletic. The upper is completely covered in a delicate, watercolour print which would look great against indigo denim. So we’d wear them with our staple skinnies and a boxy tee, for effortlessly relaxed weekend style.
Mid-Top Sneakers, Philippe Model
If you’re planning to adopt pastel shades into your wardrobe this summer, these mid-top sneakers from Philippe Model will add some tomboy appeal without breaking up the colour palette. The courtside shape has been given a luxe makeover thanks to a metallic silver tongue and a petal print pattern at the side, but icy whites keep it on the chic side of sport luxe. Dress them up with a pleated skirt and sorbet shades, or use them to bring soft, seasonal colour to ripped-up black denim.
Mara Print Slip-On Trainers, Aldo
These Aldo slip-ons have a slightly tropical feel, with a black background that brings out vivid shades of blue, green, purple and pink. But with elastic inserts and a textured grip tread, it’s still got an urban feel that will go with everything (especially distressed boyfriend jeans that have been rolled up at the ankle). They’re a great transitional buy, as they’ll work with both Autumn/Winter pieces now, and shorts when the warmer weather arrives.
Floral Slip-On Trainers, YMC
Another way to buy into the pastel trend this season, these floral trainers are from YMC (which stands for You Must Create). The dusky blues, yellows and pinks have an almost vintage look that’s reminiscent of Liberty print fabrics, but they have a very Scandinavian minimalism to them too, thanks to pared-back details and a streamlined shape. Perfect for indulging your inner preppy, their low cut fit will offer a generous flash of ankle against washed denim.
Black Ditsy Floral Flatform Trainers, New Look
These New Look sneakers are dangerous familiar looking – they’ve borrowed elements of the rose-print Givenchy version, but just about managed to avoid too much plagiarising. There’s the same black trim, the same pink florals against a dark background, but this version has a much ditzier print, looks more casual and is, of course, far more affordable. They should work with everything, and will still look great even in the winter months.
Flatform Plimsolls, ASOS
These ASOS plimsolls are my personal favourite, and I’m seriously tempted to order a pair for the transition into summer. The extreme platform (or ‘flatform,’ since there’s no heel) lends a fashion edge to what would otherwise be a very simple pair of trainers, while the floral print comes oversized. In romantic shades of raspberry and purple, which stand out against the white trim, they’ll add colour to a monochrome wardrobe without overpowering it.
Lasercut Trainers, Aerin
These slip-on sneakers by Aerinbring something different to the trend, with flowers cut out of cream leather, rather than printed on fabric. It might mean less colour, but they still stand out for different reasons. The cut-outs will offer a fractured glimpse of your foot, so make sure you’ve got a good pedicure in place, while a rounded toe and wavy trim keep things feminine. Pair them with summery print dresses or tomboy jeans: these are the kind of shoe that will look good with pretty much everything.
Running Shoes, Adidas Originals
We couldn’t resist rounding out this list with another design from Adidas Originals. In bright royal blue, with the traditional go-faster stripes in white, they’re less of a feminine take than most of the other shoes we’ve chosen, so they’re perfect for anyone with an androgynous streak. Simple white laces and that Adidas logo again keep things looking authentic, while garlands of orange and red flowers are scattered across the canvas upper. And because they’re from a real sportswear brand, you can rely on them as a good running shoe too.