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How to Wear Black Trainers for Men

​​Black trainers offer versatility to pull together various outfits, whether you usually adhere to everyday casual wear or a semi-formal dress code. With the power to take any look from day to night, from catching up with mates to enjoying an evening out, black trainers provide a comfortable but on-trend finish to any outfit. 

From originally being a gym wear essential, trainers are now a style staple, available in various silhouettes and crafted with different materials to suit individual preferences. A quality pair of black trainers is certainly a worthwhile investment for any wardrobe.

With various types available, from low-top and sporty silhouettes to canvas and leather options, follow our guide on how to style black trainers for men. 

Table of Contents:

  1. How to style low-top black trainers for men
  2. How to style black leather trainers for men
  3. How to style black canvas trainers for men
  4. How to style sporty black trainers for men
  5. How to style black and colourful trainers for men
  6. How to style all-black trainers for men
  7. What colour socks with black trainers?

Low-top black trainers for men

Balance out black trainers with lighter clothing to lift the overall aesthetic of the outfit. Black trainers with white soles expand the potential colour palette for your outfit to incorporate dark blue, khaki, olive greens and rust tones.

Our Gola Classics Men’s Daytona Chute Trainers offer a vintage jogger silhouette reimagined from Gola’s back catalogue, featuring Gola branding and a ’90s colour palette. 

Pair with olive cargo pants, white socks, and a black or white T-shirt to pull the ensemble together. A style staple, these black trainers will match perfectly with the season’s key looks.

Low-top black men's Gola trainers with olive branding

Leather black trainers for men

Originally a dressed-down shoe, are black trainers smart casual now? Absolutely. Black leather trainers, in particular, can be matched with more formal outfits to add a casual edge.

Pair something as classic as a smart white shirt, light chinos and a blazer with black leather trainers to modernise this understated aesthetic. 

Alternatively, wear slim-fit denim jeans with a classic crew neck white T-shirt or charcoal hoodie to exude casual flair. 

Our Gola Classics Men’s Hurricane Leather Trainers feature a cut cleat outsole gum with a heritage-inspired upper to imbue retro, timeless styling.

In classic court colours with black and off-white wingflash highlights, these black leather trainers can be dressed up or dressed down to take you from an afternoon catch-up to an evening out. 

Black leather men's Gola trainers with rubber sole

Canvas black trainers for men

Black canvas trainers pair with a wide range of outfits effortlessly. Our Vegan Gola Classics Men’s Varsity Trainers offer a relaxed style with a canvas upper and a white wingflash.

Use a white polo shirt, navy chinos and black canvas trainers to build a solid outfit. Or, pair your canvas trainers with jeans and a crew neck jumper to keep you warmer during those cooler seasons. Blend black, grey and white hues through your outfit to garner tonal perfection.

Black canvas men's Gola trainers with white details

Sporty black trainers for men

It’s an unwritten rule that white soles are more casual, exhibiting athletic, street-style flair.

Wear sporty trainers with formal trousers and a graphic T-shirt for an inherently cool outfit. With a fine balance of formal and casual, sporty black trainers will keep your outfit on-trend. Or, why not match sporty trainers with joggers and a classic T-shirt to radiate effortless urbanity?

Our Gola Performance Men’s Atomics Trainers are incredibly lightweight, incorporating a moulded heel counter for a secure fit. The upper is made from ghost ripstop superlite nylon for enhanced wearability and is a signature style for everyday wear.  

Men's black sporty Gola trainers with white soles

Black and colourful trainers for men

When it comes to statement footwear, choose black trainers with standout hues to add a splash of colour to your weekend looks. Match bold colours with neutral shades to strike a smart casual balance.

Wearing head-to-toe black with colourful trainers looks too put-together and can make the trainers look clashingly bright. Instead, pair colourful trainers with slim-fit jeans and a light plain oversized shirt for relaxed coolness or slim black trousers, a white T-shirt and a tailored jacket. 

Our Gola Performance Men’s Typhoon Trainers boast MotionFoam technology for maximum cushioning and standout comfort. With process blue and deep red callouts, choose a bold trainer with an edge for a signature look.

Men's black colourful detailed trainers

All-black trainers for men

In contrast to colourful trainers, wearing black or dark navy trousers with all-black trainers is advised to keep a coherent look. Wearing light chinos with all-black trainers will clash, drawing the eye from the rest of the ensemble.

Our Gola Performance Men’s Lansen Trainers are sleek trainers with a mesh upper and Gola branding on the side. Pair with black denim jeans, a white t-shirt and a grey shacket for timeless styling. 

Men's all black Gola trainers in a sporty style

What colour socks with black trainers?

Black trainers are impressively versatile, pairing well with almost any colour of socks. Wearing white socks with black trainers is becoming increasingly trendy, adding a sporty edge to your outfit. With rolled-up jeans, the pop of white can add dimension to everyday casual wear.

Pairing black socks with black trainers is timeless for coherent styling. Ensure black socks are a solid colour and not an overwashed grey to keep your outfit looking fresh. 

Wearing bright or pastel-coloured socks with black trainers is becoming increasingly popular. Match the colour of your socks to the hues in your outfit to tie the look together. Whilst most colours will match, try to avoid brown-coloured socks, which can make outfits look outdated. 

Find your perfect pair of black trainers

Whether you’re more athleisure or formal or prefer canvas to leather, the impressive selection of black trainer styles provides the perfect fit for every taste.

Serving up style for decades, Gola has an impressive range of trainer silhouettes to provide an effortless finish for any outfit.

Explore our full men’s black trainers collection to find your perfect style.

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