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If ever there were a global moment for the trainer, the summer of 2020 is it. As young and old hit pavements and roads while traffic eases and cities become giant exercise grounds, many of us have learned to live, work and play in the comfort of sneakers. Even during lockdown, we wanted to look good on our once-a-day excursions, so sartorial concern helped define our running- shoe selection. Sporty brands with good design in mind felt this too: the athleisure market remained robust while much of the fashion industry felt the pinch of the pandemic.

We predict that the trainer will remain a key wardrobe staple in the months and years ahead. With office dress codes more relaxed, our yearning for the outdoors more pronounced and sports and fashion brands stepping up, the trainer is entering boom time. Here are our picks.

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Boulder by Active 88

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London edition fresh foam tempo by New Balance, socks by Adidas

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speed ld by Adidas Terrex

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condor ecological running trainer by Veja, leggings by Asics

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the roger centre court o-series by On, trousers by Lululemon

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trail 2650 by Danner, socks by Nike

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fresh foam 860v11 by New Balance

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trail blazer (hs) by Spalwart

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cloudsurfer by On

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ultraboost 20 and leggings by Adidas

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norvan ld 2 by Arc’teryx, socks by Nike

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nike air zoom terra kiger 6 by Nike

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nike react infinity run flyknit by Nike

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boulder by Active 88, socks by Adidas

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clifton edge by Hoka One One

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ikoni ortix by Karhu, socks by Adidas

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2400fsl marathon by ZDA from Sunnysiders, trousers by Reigning Champ

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trail 2650 by Danner, socks by Nike

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norvanld 2 by Arc’teryx

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condor ecological running trainer by Veja

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novablast by Asics

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ch873 by Church’s

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