6 of the best trainers to rock in and out the gym

Words by Keanu Adorable

Trainers have evolved from just being athletic gear that aims to improve performance in our active life, in fact, there are now an abundance of high-fashion kicks available these days than ever. But running on a shoe made from Italian suede isn’t the most practical choice when you’re trying to burn all your calories off in the gym.

However, that doesn’t mean that you should keep using your beaten up stinky pair of trainers that you’ve been hiding in your cupboard for the past decade. That’s why we here Clothes Make The Man has done the hard work and found 6 of the best trainers that can boost your performances and fitness, and will look great when you decide to rock them out in non-gym settings.

Unlock your running potential in these men’s Pure Boost DPR trainers from Adidas. Equipped with energy-returning Boost tech for swifter, more efficient running, the knit upper contours to your foot, delivering adaptable, breathable comfort with every transition. Featuring a traditional tongue, the DPR has an 8mm heel-to-toe offset that brings you closer to the ground during your run.

The Saucony Freedom ISO trainers provide protection for long runs, maintain a light and responsive ride at fast paces, while still being a good choice for easy recovery runs. The Freedom ISO’s innovative full Everun midsole and ISO fit upper make this elusive experience possible. This shoe really does it all.

Part of Nike x Undercover’s latest ‘Gyakusou’ collection, these sneakers are made from breathable Flyknit that has a snug, slip-on construction. The Flywire technology provides a flexible yet locked-in fit, while the foam Lunarlon mid-layers offer responsive cushioning and all-day comfort. Sectioned rubber outsoles are pressure-mapped to feet in motion, absorbing impact where you need it most.

Athletic Propulsion Labs’ ‘Prism’ sneakers are designed for maximum flexibility and comfort. Cleverly constructed to hold your foot in a natural position for safe and efficient running, this pair is set on a cushioning Propelium™ sole and has an internal mesh slip for ventilation. The reflective overlays enhance visibility during dusk or dawn jogs.

The Print Smooth is the latest model in Reebok’s running stable, featuring a sleek outsole design with a stylish lifestyle-relevant silhouette. Aimed at the everyday runner who wants a versatile shoe with a striking visual aesthetic, these are ideal for light runs and run-led fitness training.

This pair of trainers were designed for runners looking for high cushioning and stability, packed with new and advanced technology to deliver exactly that. The cushioning comes from the midsole – constructed from ASICS’ FlyteFoam which offers pillow-like cushioning that bounces back to its original shape to retain its plush feel and are 55% lighter than the industry standard.

A SPEZIAL Collection from adidas – adidas Originals X SPEZIAL

In 2013 adidas held an exhibition to celebrate all things Adidas and showcased the product collections of some of its most passionate fans. It was a major success and it’s ‘SPEZIAL’ title has since come to represent the very essence of the adidas brand to fans and collectors alike.

The project was curated by long time, 3 stripe devotee Gary Aspden, honestly what Gary doesn’t know about adidas isn’t worth knowing, trust me. After the overwhelming response to the exhibition he put forward an idea to work with the adidas team in Herzogenaurach, birth town of adidas, to come up with a new, archive inspired, adidas Originals capsule collection of clothing and footwear. From this proposal the adidas Originals x SPEZIAL range was born.

The adidas Originals x SPEZIAL range is not solely about the engineered science of performance sportswear, the cross over of high fashion luxury brands and sports wear or the nostalgia for one to one vintage reproductions. Whilst adidas is fundamentally a sportswear company, it has always had a rich history in leisurewear dating back over 40 years to the era of Adi Dassler himself. The adidas Originals x SPEZIAL collaboration is a modern collection that pays its respects to all these areas without being solely dedicated to any one of them. It offers a range of clothing and footwear range that provides an updated, contemporary and premium vision of adidas.

The collection includes twelve iconic vintage adidas apparel pieces (e.g. the Beckenbauer tracksuit) that are re-designed and re-invented in premium fabrics and modern cuts. Plus, the footwear takes four classic adidas silhouettes and tweaks them whilst retaining the brand’s DNA. The upper patterns are re-worked and new hybrid shoes marrying up different elements of much loved iconic styles are created.

Aspden says of the collection; “Growing up in the north west of England in the 70s and 80s adidas was (and still is) the brand we all gravitated towards. I have been a fan ever since. I grew up loving the sophistication of European sportswear brands.The adidas Originals x SPEZIAL collection is about identifying and utilizing those elements (beyond the three stripes) of the adidas design personality that are unique to this brand.”

The Buyers Guide to Summer 2014 – Pete Parry – Steranko

imageThe subject of today’s Buyers Guide has been serving the residents of South Manchester and beyond for over 20 years now. Steranko, housed in a former confectioners, where you could say they have been supplying sweet clothes to good people. Fashionable but not faddish, contemporary but not clichéd, Steranko is packed with the kind of clothes, shoes and accessories that simply make you feel marvellous, and leave your friends feeling jealous. stocking such brand as Loake, Nudie Jeans Company, YMC, Wolsey, Superga, John Smedley and Edwin to name but a few. The place has become a bit more than just a shop that sells clothes – it’s become somewhat of a cultural landmark, a place where people come because the are assured they’ll find a unique piece picked by knowlegable and clothes-passionate staff. A place to kick back and get a cup of tea, to discuss football, current events, or where to get the best toasted sandwich in town. The first port of call for your everyday outfits. What more do you want ? So let’s see what the ubiquitous proprietor, Mr Pete Parry has to say ;

Sanders Bruno Gibson Brogue in Dark Navy


Hentschman John Jacket in Prince of Wales check


Fred Perry Tipped Seaside Shirt in Kingfisher

John Smedley Eddy Striped Raglan Pullover in Silver / White / Lemon

Carhartt Fynn Jacket in Regatta

Penfield Mens Hooded Gibson Jacket in Sea Blue


Adidas Tech Super in Running White / Mid Grey


Rains Long Jacket in Yellow


Penfield Mountain Crew in Blue Melange


YMC P6BAS Heather Cotton Pocket Tee in Red

Now there’s an original pair of shades – Adidas Originals eyewear

Screen Shot 2013-05-14 at 16.47.19We all like to stand out from the crowd, OK, not in a stupid way, but you know what I mean !  And with the new customize project from Adidas Originals Eyewear, thats exactly what you can do. There are millions of combinations to choose from – and that’s just the beginning.

Those clever lil sportswear designers at Adidas HQ wanted us to be able to express our own individual style, through the mode of Sunglasses. Sick of when the sun, finally, shows its almost forgotten face in these parts, being confronted with a sea of Aviator style and Wayfarer-esque sunnies. They took inspiration from everyday life. Thinking, how cool would it be to coordinate your sunglasses to every outfit in your wardrobe ? They drew inspiration from the latest trends, presenting fresh takes on the styles of the 50s, 70s and 80s-(I don’t know why they disliked the 60’s and 90’s)­‐ and a new concept rapidly emerged, paving the way for millions of combinations of customize eyewear.

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The online configurator on the allows you to give free rein to your creativity and design your own sunglasses. Mix and match temples, frames and filters according to your preferred shapes and colours. When your design is complete, you can view the final effect in the virtual mirror. All you need is a webcam. Alternatively, you can download a smartphone app. The virtual mirror helps you to quickly decide whether you have found the perfect style or need to experiment a little more.



All dried out for Summer

It’s warming up, slightly, it’s looking like summer’s, hopefully, on its way and the thought of holidays are creeping into our heads. Whether that be on a long deserted beach in some far flung destination or something a little nearer to home and a trip to some of blighty’s incredible coastlines. One thing you will definitely have to pack is swimwear, now before we move on any further, as you all know, here at Clothes-make-the-man.com we pride ourselves on being a no nonsense platform that cater for the requirements of the regular guy. So please this is a non swimming trunk shoot, strictly shorts and some of the best that are currently on the market.

1) Checked shorts £39 by Medwinds
2) Red Hebiscus print swim shorts £120 by Vilebrequin
3) Pink checked swim shorts £45 by Bjorn Borg
4) Purple & pink multi striped swim shorts £85 by Paul Smith
5) Black, white & Biege swim shorts £35 by Fred Perry @JD Sports
6) Navy whale print swim shorts £49.95 by Star Blu
7) Shoe lace print swim shorts £45 by Nike 6.0
8) Swirl patterned swim shorts £25.00 by Adidas @ JD Sport