February 03, 2020

The ladies trainer trends that you’ll actually want to wear this season.

By Fiona Shackleton
The ladies trainer trends that you’ll actually want to wear this season.

Like was promised last year, the trainer trend is back with a vengeance. But rather than the over the top styles seen in the previous year, it’s all been paired back. There is a touch of sparkle, animal print and stunning detailing thrown in. 

It’s all about nudes and pared-back styles to start. According to WhoWhatWear “...with the emergence of nu-minimalism [as a 2020 fashion trend], there is no doubt in my mind that we’re going to see a recurrence of the pared-back sneaker.” 

 That’s a massive whoop from ShuBoutique 🙌🙌🙌

It’s all in homage to the nostalgic trainers of the past, such as Adidas Stan Smiths, tennis shoes, and 80’s runners like Gola. And that’s precisely the sort of styles coming in from Xti, Carmela and Mjus. Not forgetting the new brand coming to Shu, Menbur. 


The first batch of trainers for the season - on the website and in the Cleckheaton boutique now - has the classic, retro feel. 

 White ladies leather retro trainer from Carmela

The white Carmela Spanish leather trainer is without a doubt a nod to the retro Adidas Stan Smiths of early days. It’s simple, stylish and sophisticated. Ideal for ladies who may not have got on board with the trainer look yet. 

Sharon at Shu says: “The ladies white leather trainer from Carmela is an absolute classic. As, like always, all styles come in boutique quantities. Limited availability, means limited chances of you wearing the same as someone else!”

Also cheaper than the famous retro classics on the high street, coming in at £64.

Ladies white faux leather retro trainer

The Xti is the faux leather version and offers a little more flair. The zip, gold detailing and punched out design, along with a slightly thicker sole to the Carmela option, glam up the retro style. 

Sharon continues: “It’s unlikely that these trainers will be off your feet. Since trainers have taken the wonderful leap of being a suitable shoe for work and play, for day or night and for trousers, jeans or skirts, they’ll become a valuable investment.” 

These come in at the very fashionable price of just £44. 

Ladies nude retro trainer from xti

If white isn’t your thing, and you prefer the retro tennis shoe look instead, then take a long look at the Ladies Nude Faux Leather from Xti. As we all know, nude goes with everything. It is a colour that is very easy to wear, especially as we step into spring. 

Sharon explains: “I love these trainers from Xti, they remind me of trainers from the 80’s, but yet, perfect for 2020 fashion styles. The detailing on the sole and the large cutout design on the side of the trainer offers the perfect balance between retro and sophistication.” 

Again, these come in at a great price of £44. 



Ok, so honesty moment here. We weren’t quite sure what nu-minimalism was, but WhoWhatWear explains it like this:

Posh tracksuits (NOT shell suits we hope!)

     Example of nu-minimalist fashion 2020

    Credit: Vogue & Daily Mail

    Tonal nudes 

    Example of nu-minimalist fashion trend 2020Credit: Vogue France

     Leather/pleather in classic cuts

    Example of nu-minimalist fashion 2020 vogue france
    Credit: Vogue France


      Ladies leather soft grey trainers from Carmela

      So thankfully, these ladies leather trainers in taupe from Carmela fit the bill perfectly. The slight platform sole adds height, but what is particularly special is the moulded leather. So, rather than separate sections stitched together, the trainer is one piece with moulding to create the detailing. 

      Sharon says: “These beautiful ladies trainers from Carmela are exceptional and suited to ladies who love one-off pieces of fashion. The soft grey-dyed leather will go with most colours, and these will look fantastic dressed up or dressed down.”

      Add to your basket for just £69, which is a fantastic value for the quality of Spanish leather used for the ladies trainer. 

      Watch out for our next blog, which introduces Mjus and Menbur trainers. Here’s a little tease… COMING SOON 🤫

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