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Five fantastic sneakers for autumn

Sneakers, trainers, kicks...we pick out the best of the season's new bumper crop of footwear

By Jon Cook

Autumn sees new trainers dropping like leaves, but how can you sort the wheat from the naff? Resident sneakerhead Jonathan Cook picks five must-have pairs of kicks for the chillier months ahead. Once you've picked your favourites, hot foot it to one of London's best trainer shops or best shoe shops. Or if you prefer pounding the pavement to posing in your sneakers, check out the capital's best running shops for expert advice and top-quality gear.

The Retro Revival

Asics Gel Lyte III, £92
With classic runners dominating footwear trends over the last couple of years, Japanese brand Asics has seen its retro styles surge in popularity. The brand's autumn offering sees the slimline Gel Lyte III go monochrome with these all-black leather numbers - sure to stay looking fresh, no matter how many puddles you stomp through.

The Presidential Kicks

Adidas Tubular X Primeknit, £110
Adidas Originals' Tubular range launched late last year, balancing uncompromising style with true performance functionality. Taking obvious influence from both Yohji Yamamoto and Kanye West's respective Y£ and Yeezy offerings for Adidas, but without the prohibitive price tags, these latest 'Primeknit' iterations really are the hottest new trainers out there.

The British Classic

Reebok Classic Leather Suede, £57
Another brand enjoying a revival right now: you can't go wrong with a pair of creps from Reebok's Classic range. It was once the most commonly found footprint at UK crime scenes, but understated simplicity and UK heritage mean that Classics are now definitely more H-I-P than HMP.

The Icon Reborn

Converse Chuck Taylor II, £75
From grungy kids to Clapham housewives - almost everyone's owned a pair of Chucks at some point. The grandaddy of all trainers, their design has hardly altered in almost a hundred years - until now. Employing parent company Nike's ultra-comfy Lunarlon sole, the Chuck II improves on a true design classic in all the ways you'd hope.

The Serious Sneaks

Nikelab Free Inneva Woven II, £75
The latest evolution of Nike's Free innerva has just arrived, looking fresher than ever and packing the very latest in running tech. Sneakerfreaks will be drooling all the way to the till, while the ultra-flexible 'free' sole and intricate woven upper make these practically weightless shoes perfect for serious running, too.

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