3 Trainer Trends You Need To Know About For Spring/Summer 2016

From retro releases to high-tech runners, the trends to look out for

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Our obsession with the once humble trainer has essentially reached fetishisation levels, with an entire subculture sprouting up around highly-coveted pieces of rubber, leather and foam.

If you're looking to stay in touch with the sneaker world without wading through the quagmire of online jargon (there's a lot of it), we've compiled this handy breakdown of the key trends and styles to have your eye on for Spring and Summer 2016.

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 Trend 1: Tonal Colours

While recent spring and summer seasons have been dominated by white, white and more white, this year sees a subtle but welcome transition into more neutral, tonal colours. Expect to see lots of suede uppers in shades like beige, off-white; pastel green, blue and even pink.

Converse 1970s All Star

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One of the most versatile trainers for warm weather, this classic Converse All Star gets the SS16 treatment with a soft, off-white colourway. 

£65, mrporter.com

Common Projects Achilles Low

The ultimate premium trainer, Common Projects steers away from its signature monochrome style; trying their hand at neutral shades for spring.

£265, mrporter.com

Nike SB Janoski

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Nike's deck shoe-inspired Janoski has become a cult favourite since its 2011 introduction. This limited 'cherry blossom' spring edition mixes two of the season's biggest trends, neutral colours and floral print.

£75, nike.com

Trend 2: High-Tech Running Shoes

Led by global giants Nike and Adidas, one of the biggest trends of the past 12 months, that looks set to grow and grow, is the highly-coveted, high-tech running shoe. What started with dodgy fashion runners (see the Roshe and ZX Flux) has - thankfully - evolved into sleek silhouettes that mix performance and aesthetic in equal measure. You'll have to be quick to get your hands on a pair, though.

Adidas NMD Boost

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Only introduced at the back end of 2015, Adidas' retro-inspired runner has quickly become a cult hit, selling out almost instantly every time a new colourway is released. Your best bet is to keep an eye on their Instagram for news and updates on future drops. 

£130, adidas.com

Nike Flyknit Racer

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First seen on the feet of athletes at the 2012 London Olympics, Nike's lightweight running shoe became a streetwear staple as soon as it hit shops. Another tough to find style, with new releases typically limited to a couple of batches per year.

£130, nike.com

Y-3 Pure Boost ZG Knit 

The latest collaboration between legendary designer Yohji Yamamoto and Adidas, the Pure Boost is a slick running shoe with high-fashion credentials. You'd be a very brave (or wealthy) man indeed to use these for your morning run around the park, though.

£230, y-3.com

Trend 3: New Retro

The hunger for retro trainers has never been greater, but for SS16 the big brands are delving back into the archives to freshen up a genre that has become saturated by a sea of Stan Smiths and Vans Old Skools

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Reebok Club C Vintage 85

Reebok is throwing plenty of resources into its resurgent 'Classics' division. The pick of which is the Club C Vintage, a heritage tennis shoe in line with the Stan Smith, but without quite as much ubiquity.

£65, reebok.com

Nike Air Max BW

Originally a 1991 release, the Air Max BW - that stands for 'Big Window' - is making a big comeback for the latter half of 2016. Look out for a pair in the original 'Persian Violet' colourway for extra retro points. 

£105, nike.com

Adidas Spezial

Adidas' throwback domination looks set to continue with the SS16 reissue of the Spezial. Originally a handball shoe, the 2016 release adds fresh tonal colours and premium suede into the mix for a worthy update.

£65, adidas.com