Pheobe Philo on the catwalk in trainers

Smart sneaker styles // Top hard working trainers that won’t ruin your 9-5 look

Whether you’re an after-hours ballet pumps, brogues or trainers girl, once the office heels (super high white ones, naturally) are kicked under the desk late afternoon, ANYTHING FLAT, vaguely padded or semi supportive is a slice of footwear heaven.

Such is the glamorous life of attending shoots or running between departments all day that SOMETIMES even previously hidden old gym shoes or (gasp!) odd over washed socks can sneak in as part of our everyday office ‘look’ (just throw that ‘best dressed’ award my way, thanks).

How to win the 5pm hobble war? Choose considered kicks that despite making you that little bit shorter, don’t detract from your well-rehearsed ‘always on duty’ persona.

Phoebe Philo wearing Nike Air Max

Pheobe Philo on the catwalk in trainers

If you have a less corporate office that will let you occasionally (AKA always) wear trainers then the world really is your oyster. Some styles are more trend-appropriate than the (yawn) neutral pump, will look infinitely more modern and take you to the tube and back in half the time.

Here’s Le Blow’s pick of key subtle styles that won’t immediately identify you as a lost cause when you’re called to that impromptu last minute meeting or caught red-footed whilst waiting for the lift…

Nike Air Max

plain black Nike Air Max Net-A-Porter
£120, Net-A-Porter

Leather high top by Rick Owens

Rick Owens hi top trainer£584, LN-CC

New Balance 576 (premium leather)

New Balance 576 premium leather black£110, size?

Adidas by Stella McCartney Ararauna dance shoes

Adidas women's Ararauna dance shoes£95, Adidas

Nike Free Run + 3 V5 at Size?

Nike Free Run+ 3 V5 black£85, size?

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