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Best black school trainers to start the year

Back to school time doesn’t need to be completely boring. We explore the best kids’ black trainers to freshen up any school uniform this year.

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Given half an opportunity, kids are going to whip off their uncomfortable school shoes and slip into pillowy black trainers instead. Maybe their school is the Holy Grail: a school which allows black trainers as uniform. Or, maybe they like to bend the rules just a little. Either way, they’re going to need those stylish black trainers packed and ready to go. 

Let’s dive in and look at this year’s best options...

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Nike Air Max 90

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We start with a stone-cold classic. The Air Max 90 has been around for three decades and like school uniform, it’s not going anywhere fast. Layer upon layer of leather, add the recognisable air bubble and Swoosh and it becomes something which is physically unavoidable for the human eye.


adidas Stan Smith

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Clean, sleek darkness. Who’s to say these can’t be school shoes? A little flash of white with the Trefoil logos on heel and tongue are the only things to give it away. The Stan Smith is a long-running tennis shoe style, sticking with its values of simplicity and comfort. All day at school? No issue. 


Converse All Star High Top

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Not see yourself as one of the adidas or Nike crew? The Converse All-Star is the perfect alternative. Rather than the standard All-Star with its white sole and detailing, these canvas blackouts will keep teachers guessing whether you’ve got trainers on. The high-top adds a little bit of flair, and there’s nothing wrong with that in our book.

Nike Air Max 270

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One of Nike’s most popular models in recent years, the Air Max 270 looks incredible in black, black and more black. This slick silhouette has a 270-degree air bubble on the heel, making these an all-day comfort fest. Double maths? Double science? E=EASY².  


adidas Superstar

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We all know and love the white version with black stripes, but the blackout adidas Superstar looks incredible too. And it slots in effortlessly with your uniform, bonus. Not one part of these trainers will give you away to suspecting teachers, so stomp those corridors in style this term.


Puma X-Ray

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Extreme running comfort all day long. Puma know what they are doing when it comes to mixing style and functionality, which is what’s needed when finding the perfect trainer for school. Mesh and leather come together on top of a chunky sole to create something which is a step aside from the norm.              


Nike Air Max 2090

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Fancy yourself as a bit of a rule-breaker, do you? Well, this Air Max 2090 is ideal for you. The translucent grey mesh covering on the upper keeps the shoe from a complete blackout, and the air bubble lets the light slip through too. Yeah, you’ve got trainers on with your uniform, so what? 

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adidas Gazelle

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You don’t have to go to the same school as the Gallagher brothers to look good in Gazelles. These absolutely iconic trainers come in an array of colours, but that’s no use between 9am and 3pm. The golden lettering on the upper is sure to be enough for everyone to realise that big things are happening here. 


Nike Air Jordan 1

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One for legends of the school yard. Air Jordan One, to be exact. As you’re not allowed to rock the original AJ colourway during school hours, why not try and get away with this model, which like Jordan himself, is something very special indeed. The same comfort and detailing, just a tad more stealth and understatement. 


adidas Runfalcon

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P.E lesson first thing? Just keep these on and chance it for the rest of the day. Classic running style from the masters of such things, adidas. The Runfalcon is a performance trainer which is lightweight and breathable, more than prepared for a full day in the classroom.

Kevan Thorpe

Quintessential grassroots journeyman. I've had more "you look like Gareth Barry" comments than I have career goals.