In fashion, everything comes back around and right now it's the turn of retro sneakers. While chunky, turbocharged trainers have dominated for the past few seasons, this summer sees a return to the nostalgic styles of the past. Blame it on '80s sci-fi Stranger Things (which features an impressive collection of vintage kicks), the adidas Sambas sported by Rami Malek in Bohemian Rhapsody or the retro aesthetic of John Hughes-inspired Sex Education. Whatever the reason, barely a day goes by without spotting a pair of Veja V-10s or white and green Stan Smiths on the feet of your favourite cool girls.
"The retro sneaker feels fresh," said Elizabeth von der Goltz, global buying director at Net-A-Porter, at the brand's SS19 trend presentation. "It is a sleeker style, which is in line with the grown-up and dressed-up trends we're seeing." Designers are clearly all for the retro trend, given the number of collaborations on the books this year, from adidas x Alexander Wang (think '80s-style aerobics) to Nike x Sacai, Rick Owens x Veja and Converse x JW Anderson (all available later this year at Net-A-Porter).
While you probably already have a pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars, New Balance 574s or Nike Classic Cortez in your wardrobe, there are plenty of lesser known brands to discover. We're loving eco-conscious Good News, which uses recycled rubber and organic cotton, and Portuguese brand Freakloset, whose pairs are customisable.