Shoes should not only be functional, but they should also be fashionable. But with the seemingly endless styles, colours and fabrics available to choose from, picking the right pair for your lifestyle and fashion preference is no easy task.

Sneakers (also referred to as kicks, trainers or trackies) are amongst the most difficult “type” of shoe to choose from. This type of shoe has the greatest diversity of selection, and almost every shoe brand has at least a handful of different trainers to choose from. In our guide below, we are going to explore the three different types of trainers, the different types of materials, and how each differnt style should be worn.

Low-top Trainers

Best for: Semi-casual events, daytime events

Wear with: A blazer, relaxed pants or shorts

Low-top trainers do not cover up the ankles and have a low profile. The majority of these shoes are lace-up in design, though some of the most innovative shoe designers have come up with interesting lace-up styles which make this type of shoe all the more dynamic.

High-top Trainers

Best for: Retro fashions, sports

Wear with: Sporty attire

Unlike low-top trainers, high-top trainers fully cover the ankle. This shoe is perfect for playing sports like basketball as they offer optimal ankle support, but pairing them with an outfit can be rather difficult. Converse has a number of high-top trainers which are less sporty in appearance and can more easily be paired with casual attire, such as denim jeans.

Slip-on Trainers

Best for: Casual and semi-casual events

Wear with: Chinos and rolled-up jeans

Slip-on trainers, as the name suggests, literally slip onto your feet – no laces or Velcro required! They are lightweight and they work best when matched with light and airy attire (think loose, summery styles).

Exploring Your Fabric Options

The next consideration to make is the type of fabric your shoe should be made out of. There are generally three different fabric types you will find when shopping for shoes:

  • Leather;
  • Textiles; and
  • Synthetic.

Each fabric type comes with its own set of pros and cons. Leather shoes are dressier in appearance than the other types, and they are strong, durable, and comfortable. Some designs are breathable, though others may leave your feet sweltering by the end of the day. Try the pair on before you purchase them and read reviews on the shoe to make sure it is the right fit for you.

Textile shoes look great and come in an array of colours and designs. They are strong, lightweight and breathable. The only drawback is that if they get wet, your socks and feet will be soaked.

The final type on our list is synthetic shoes. Synthetic shoes can be incredibly attractive in appearance, but they are not nearly as functional as the other fabric types. They break easily, and many individuals who have worn synthetic shoes before complaining about the smell of the shoe.

uying a shoe made out of a better-quality fabric may cost more initially. But when you choose the right brand and right material for your shoes, they will last you years with proper care and will end saving you money in the long run.