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The 27 best wedding trainers for 2020

We love wedding trainers - they're cool, they're comfortable and they work with all different kinds of wedding dresses. Whether as an evening shoe or as part of your all-day look, we reveal our favourite sneakers for fashion-led brides, from customised Converse and Nike to designer styles.

Wedding trainers are the perfect finishing touch to any bridal look. After all, sneakers made the jump from leisure to partywear a good while ago. Now we’ll happily pair crisp white kicks with everything from delicate florals to sparkling sequins as part of our going-out style. Why should wedding outfits be any different? The point is that the right sneaker adds a fashion edge, so you feel dressed up but not overdressed.

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As well as looking chic with all kinds of wedding dresses, there’s an obvious practical advantage to trainers on your big day: no aching feet to keep you away from the dance floor. Saying that, just as you need to break in bridal shoes, you should also wear your chosen kicks around the house ahead of the wedding, to avoid blisters and rubbing.

While white and ivory are obviously popular choices for wedding trainers, there’s nothing to say you can’t go with another hue that better fits with your style. You can also personalise your look. Brands like Nike and Converse, for example, let you customise their designs, and there are also specialist sellers who give popular white trainers a bridal makeover.

Whether you’re looking for trainers to wear for the whole day or to change into for the evening, we’ve found the styles that work best for brides.

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1. Stan Smith shoes – £74.95, Adidas

Keep it classic with Stan Smiths, the ultimate street-style trainer that looks so good as part of a more formal look. Adidas will personalise them for you with your name or wedding date up to eleven characters. Added bonus: choose the white/dark blue colourway and your something blue is sorted, too.

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2. V-10 leather trainers – £120, Veja at Selfridges

Beloved by celebrities, influencers and fashion insiders, Veja is the brand of the moment when it comes to trainers, thanks to its artfully minimalist designs and emphasis on sustainability. The V-10s would look just as good contrasting against delicate princess wedding dresses as they would as part of a pared-back bridal look.

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3. Rose gold Converse – £91, Wedding Converse

Note: this is not the official Converse site, but an independent company that offers customised wedding versions of popular trainers. They have a good range of styles, but if you’re into the idea of rose gold wedding shoes, check out these personalised sneakers. There’s the option to add rose gold crystals to the toes for extra sparkle.

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4. 2750 Cotmetu – £65, Superga

Silver works well for a wedding shoe, and we like the chic, streamlined silhouette of Superga’s low-top 2750 Cotmetu trainers. They’re available in other metallics – we’re also keen on the muted grey for subtlety.

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READ MORE: The most stunning silver wedding shoes

5. Hawaii/F – £375, Jimmy Choo

It wouldn’t be a wedding shoe edit without some Jimmys, and now that the brand known for its sexy heels has added a trainer line, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Their Hawaii/F style is a masterclass in understated bling, from the glitter side panel to the star eyelets.

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6. New York glitter sneakers – £75, Kate Spade x Keds

Kate Spade’s Keds collab is perfect for trainer-loving brides. The cream sparkle style updates the classic tennis shoe with some serious glitter, to glamorous effect.

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7. Jagger trainers – £59, Carvela at John Lewis

Carvela’s Jagger trainers feature a chic croc-effect metallic panel at the back, as well as croc-effect texture on the toe, making them feel special but still suited to a minimalist look.

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READ MORE: 33 best high street wedding dresses from brands you love

8. Free flatform trainers – £20, Office

You can still add height with a trainer – just choose a flatform style, like these bargainous Office trainers with gold trim. The silhouette feeds in perfectly to the very current chunky trainer trend; pair with a floaty boho wedding dress for maximum contrast.

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9. Air Force 1 – £99.95, Nike

Nike’s ‘By You’ service allows you to customise the colourway of their bestselling styles, such as the iconic Air Force 1. Add a pop of pink to the tips, turn the swoosh blue – there are lots of options to play with your palette.

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10. Bespoke hand-painted trainers – POA, Elizabeth & Rose

Elizabeth & Rose offer bespoke wedding accessories that include beautifully painted shoes. Either you buy the trainers or they’ll source them for you, then they’ll work with you to create a unique design that reflects your wedding style.

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11. Basket heart trainers – £35, Puma

There have been Puma Basket heart trainers in a variety of fabrics and colours, but we say these coral patent versions are the prettiest. Oversized laces make for a look we can really get behind.

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READ MORE: How to include coral in your wedding

12. Old Skool shoes – £60, Vans

Vans Old Skool are among the most Instagrammed trainers, if you count by hashtags, and it’s easy to see why. This is a laidback skate shoe, unfussy and with clean lines – a modern classic.

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13. E Erika – £45, Dune

Knit trainers are everywhere in sports luxe collections, from a cool collab between Adidas Originals and Missoni to versions by Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana and Jimmy Choo. For a more affordable take on the trend, check out Dune’s E Erika. The jewelled embellishments are a pretty touch.

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14. Bobby sneakers – £395, Isabel Marant

Isabel Marant can always be relied on to come up with the coolest kicks, and these Bobby sneakers are no exception. The silhouette is sublime, with a wedge heel, and somehow manages to be both strong and delicate. The boot shape makes them particularly well suited to a winter wedding.

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READ MORE: 27 beautiful winter wedding dresses

15. Glittery trainers – £17.99, H&M

Looking for wedding trainers on a budget? H&M has you covered with these glittery white lace-ups. Keep them box fresh for the big day (apart from breaking them in a home, of course) and they’ll look a lot more expensive than they are.

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16. Casaquilt – £195, Russell & Bromley

Russell & Bromley’s Casaquilt style is idea for any bride who doesn’t want her wedding trainers to look too, well, trainer-y. The quilting brings sophistication and the slip-on shape is rather like a loafer, but with a sneaker sole – it all feels wonderfully effortless.

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17. Runway – £360, Alexander McQueen at Selfridges

Alexander McQueen’s Runway is fashion-trainer royalty – an instant classic on its release, and an excellent style to invest in if you want something special to wear after the wedding, too. It has a chic platform sole and skater silhouette, and the blue trim can be your ‘something blue’.

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18. Lennai floral trainers – £109, Ted Baker at ASOS

These floral trainers are pretty as a picture, and the pastel colours would work particularly well for spring and summer weddings.

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19. Animal print trainers – £25.99, Zara

The embellishments on these Zara trainers are subtle and chic, from the white animal-print texture on the sides to the faux pearl and gold stud detailing. They’re special enough for a wedding but won’t draw attention from your dress.

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20. Lila white star trainers – £89, Mint Velvet

Mint Velvet’s Lila trainers showcase contemporary elegance at its best. That simple star embellishment is so effective against the clean lines of the shoe – an easy-wearing fashion win.

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21. Court classic SL/06 – £440, Saint Laurent

These wear-again Saint Laurent trainers are the ultimate cool-girl wedding shoe. We love that flash of leopard and the Saint Laurent side inscription – a nod to the ’90s-inspired logo trend but with a very 2020/2021 sensibility.

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22. Striped trainers – £80, Boden

We couldn’t resist these Boden rainbow trainers. They’re not the expected white, but they are joyous – and that’s what weddings are all about. We challenge you not to have a cheek-splitting grin on your face when you unbox these lace-ups.

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23. Hazel vegan sneaker – £65, Matt & Nat

Matt & Nat is the go-to brand for covetable vegan and sustainable fashion. These sneakers are a case in point: a simple, classic style, perfectly executed.

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READ MORE: Green wedding ideas – make your day more sustainable

24. Cream embroidered trainers – £35, River Island

If you’re in love with the bridal connotations of lace, check out River Island’s cream trainers. They’re limited edition, so get them before they go.

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25. White triple S – £650, Balenciaga

Balenciaga took the chunky trainer and made it high fashion – like their triple S sneaker. Yes, these are spendy, but if you look at them as an investment piece you’ll reach for again and again post-wedding, the cost-per-wear is pretty good. And for a high-contrast look with a delicate wedding dress, this design really is the best.

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26. Elixir – £65, Aldo

Aldo’s Elixir trainers are embellished with hearts – what could be more wedding-appropriate? But far from being cutesy, they have a slight rock ‘n’ roll edge thanks to the studwork, keeping them on the chic side of pretty.

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27. Viera spikes – £645, Christian Louboutin at Selfridges

Always dreamed of wearing Louboutins on your big day but in love with the idea of wedding trainers? You don’t have to compromise – everyone’s favourite luxe shoe designer also does a covetable line in kicks. We struggled to choose just one, but in the end, the Viera lace-up won out, thanks in large part to those spikes. And yes, the soles are red.

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