Fashion Trends

The Sneaker Trends to Know this Spring

The sneaker is having a moment. While not long ago the trainer would be sartorial suicide anywhere outside your casual weekend jaunt, no wardrobe is now complete without your new favourite It-sneaker. And the world’s designers have duly taken note. Between the emergence of (for now) lesser known brands, designer collaborations and the revival of throwback silhouettes, the contemporary shop floor is something of a Promised Land for the seasoned sneakerhead.

AllSole’s editors sift through this year’s riches to pick of the key sneaker trends to know this spring.

Heritage Throwbacks

Brands frequently dip back into their archives to revive old silhouettes, but this season more than ever we are celebrating the OG silhouettes in their purest form. From Saucony’s retro Originals series and Vans’ Old Skool to Converse’s iconic Chuck Taylor series, throwback styles are the future for SS17.


Channel your inner Spice Girl as flatforms are taking things to a new height for spring. Brands including Salvatore Ferragamo and Dolce & Gabbana were hot on the flats story at this season’s fashion shows, highlighting it as a key trend for this season. Between minimal takes on the trend from Superga and bold embellishments from Toga Pulla, the flatform game is looking competitive this season.

Luxe Embellishments

From limited sneaker releases to self-customised denim, we’re all looking for ways to show off our individuality through fashion this season. Express your personality with luxe embellishments courtesy of PS by Paul Smith, Ash and Loeffler Randall who will ensure your sneakers are the focal point of your look.

Spring Suede

Retired to the back of the wardrobe for the Autumn/Winter season, we’re reaching for our finest suede sneakers this spring. Choose between classic suede styles such as those by PUMA or Saucony or alternatively go for modern iterations such as the Trigenic from Clarks Originals or KENZO’s take on the classic tennis shoe silhouette.


This season is all about the sleek, minimalist white trainer. With a more polished aesthetic, these trainers are smart and will look good with just about anything. Monochome styles have become the staples in most brands collections, but this season we’re particular enamoured of Ralph Lauren, Novesta and MICHAEL Michael Kors’ takes on the trend.

Sarah Atkinson

Sarah Atkinson

Writer and expert