Top five old-school trainers

Trainer fashions come and go, but some classic looks manage to stay on the shelves for years. Here’s our top five picks – buy a pair of these, safe in the knowledge that they’ll outlive any passing fad.

Pfflyers
1. PF Flyers Center Lo

Introduced in 1937, PF Flyers are more or less unchanged in over 60 years. Inm fact, you can pick up a pair of originals for very little, but I prefer these slight updates, the Center Lo in leather, with canvas lining and rubber sole. A classic and cheap to buy at just £32.

PF Flyers website

Onitsuka
2. Onitsuka Tiger Mexico 66

Introduced in 1966 and featured at the Olympic Games in Mexico in 1968. Leather uppers, suede toe and rubber outsole, along with the famous tiger stripes. You can pick them up with laces or velcro straps for around £65.

Onitsuka website

Converseall
3. Converse All Stars Chuck Taylor

Named after the legendary basketball player (and All Star player in
1923), these shoes were described as "revolutionary" in the sport of basketball back
in the day, but have lived much longer as a piece of fashion footwear. And over 80 years on, they’re still up
there – and with a price tag to suit most pockets – £35.

Converse website


Stansmithoki
4. Adidas Stan Smith trainers

Limiting myself for one Adidas selection (that’s a top five in itself),
I have to go for the Stan Smith. named after the one-time Wimbledon
winner, they’re remembered for a simple plain white look and of course, the velcro
straps. These days you add some colour – check out the Oki-Ni re-working
with added blue and green (pictured), which you can pick up for around £110.

Adidas website

Karhu
5.  Karhu Field running shoes

Karhu has been making sports gear for over 50 years – and much of their
range remains unchanged from when it first appeared. These running
shoes date back to 1970 – not good for a marathon today, but with a
stylish suede upper and white rubber sole, they look the part out and
about. Expect to pay around £70.

Karhu website

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