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The best trainers to wear with dresses

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Assortment of trainers
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
Updated: January 5, 2024
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Sneakerheads have been infiltrating the street style set for the past few years now – and we're honestly totally here for it. 

Way back when, traditional shoe styles ruled the roost, whereas now rocking a pair of trainers to Fashion Week is totally commonplace and stylish sneakers are ten a penny.

Excellent news for exercise avoidants – there's zero need to work up a sweat to justify treating yourself to a fresh pair of kicks.

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Emili Sindlev rocks a navy patterned midi with high tops © Getty
Emili Sindlev rocks a navy patterned midi with high tops

This season, we're all about utilising our trainer collection to the max and styling our pairs alongside dresses. Injecting your wardrobe with a generous dose of casual cool will stand you in good stead on days when you need to look polished, but not overly formal.

If you're into high octane patterns, keep things understated with a minimalist, single-hue trainer, perhaps echoing one of the print's accent shades. High tops pair well with mini lengths – check out styles by the likes of Saye, Converse, and Diadora.

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 Chunky, retro styles offset the initial drama of a maxi, and Adidas' Forum 84s are a case in point. Our fail-safe style rule? It's hard to go wrong with crisp white trainer. Classics such as Nike's Air Force Ones and Jordans are a safe bet, but Autry also excels in this area. And for a slightly smarter, work-appropriate style, laceless is the way to go.

How we chose:

  • Style and versatility: All our trainer picks feature a cool silhouette and work harmoniously with the dress styles we've suggested. When combing through the internet's top fashion sites for the best styles, we made sure that each of our choices feel either trend-relevant or timeless for maximum wearability. 
  • Variety: We've curated our edit with different styles in mind, ranging from high-tops to Dad sneakers.

Hello! Fashion the best trainers to wear with dresses:

  • Best Trainers to wear with Dresses

    Autry high top trainers

    Medalist Mid High-Top Leather Sneaker


    Style with...

    A light-wash denim midaxi.

    Steeped in 80s cool, these high-tops by Autry feature smooth, white perforated leather and thick rubber soles. Box-fresh white kicks hit different, and I love the retro appeal of the logo inlay.

  • Adidas Forum 84 shoes

    Forum 84 Low Shoes

    Style with...

    A black jersey midi.

    Adidas' Forum 84s have been following me round the internet, and I'm ready to take the plunge. I love the vibrancy of the red accents in this colourway and I think they would give an otherwise understated colour palette an energy boost.

  • Asics GEL-NYC leather and suede-trimmed mesh sneakers

    GEL-NYC Leather and Suede-Trimmed Mesh Sneakers


    Style with...

    A cream ribbed knit dress.

    An Asics noughties classic has reworked to create this model, and as someone who isn't usually swayed by the Dad sneaker trend, I'm actually very into these. I like that the soles have an element of height without being overly chunky. Team with racer shades and a cap for maximum cool-girl appeal.

  • Nike Dunk Low Premium trainers

    Dunk Low Premium

    Style with...

    A thigh-skimming oversized hoodie.

    Monochrome is a breeze to style, and these Dunk Low Premiums feel super versatile. I love the cream sole for a slightly less stark effect (than crisp white, for instance) and would totally wear these with dresses and baggy jeans alike.

  • Adidas Country OG suede-trimmed leather sneakers

    Country OG Suede-Trimmed Leather Sneakers


    Style with...

    A pale grey racer back midi. 

    Inspired by iconic 1970s cross-country styles, Adidas Originals' low-top Country OG trainers are bold and full of bounce. With a playful, intrinsically sporty appeal, these would seamlessly dial down a dressier piece or work within a more casual ensemble.

  • Saye Modelo '92 - Blue trainers

    Modelo '92 - Blue

    Style with...

    A silky slip.

    Vegan style enthusiasts need sustainable sneaker label Saye on their radar. I'm eyeing up its Modelo '92s, created from corn vegan napa and Seaqual (a yarn derived from plastic waste). These would look great with a silky slip to give your look a more casual appeal.

  • New Balance 550 rubber and mesh-trimmed leather sneakers

    550 Rubber and Mesh-Trimmed Leather Sneakers

    New Balance

    Style with...

    A stretch-infused cami dress.

    Inspired by basketball footwear, New Balance's 550s feature cushioned midsoles for maximum comfort and vivid blue accents all over - great if you're after something a bit more interesting than a simple white trainer.

  • Reebok navy Club C Grounds Uk Shoes

    Club C Grounds UK Shoes

    Style with...

    A cream denim button-up midi.

    These shoes by Reebok are steeped in old-school cool, and yet they feel fresh and relevant for 2024. I love the smoothness of the contrasting side stripe, and I reckon this navy colourway would totally go the distance.

Why you should trust me:

Orin Carlin is Hello! Fashion’s SEO Content Writer. Promising to leave no stone unturned in the name of fashion and beauty journalism, she is the proud creator of our ‘Try The Trend’ series. With a particular interest in formula innovation, microtrends, royal and bridal beauty, perfume, rituals, treatments, fashion history and vintage icons, she can either be found interviewing major industry names (previous subjects include Georgia May Jagger, Mary Greenwell and Sam McKnight) or scouring the internet for must-have pieces. It's not just a job; it's a personal quest to unearth noteworthy pieces that resonate with style and beauty enthusiasts.

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