How To Style Nike Free Runs

Nike Free Runs

If you said to me a year ago that in 12 months time I’d be a frequent trainer wearer I would have replied ‘Not on your nelly‘. Ever since around the age of 16, I’ve only owned one pair of trainers that my Mum bought for me for P.E duties at school. I refused to wear them during any other time and when I moved up to Sixth Form where I no longer had to take part in strenuous activities that I did in no way shape or form enjoy (Netball aside, I was a cracking Goal Shooter if I say so myself), they gathered dust under my bed and only got brought out each time I decided that I needed to exercise, a phase which usually lasted about two weeks. That was until I picked up the Nike Free Run 5.0’s earlier in the year. Now I get what all the fuss is about trainers. Going from a full-time heeled boot/sandal wearer to an embracer of all things flat has seen my wardrobe shift slightly and for those who are also in the transisition I thought I’d put together some styling tips (‘styling’ used in the loosest terminology of course – this is coming from a girl who is normally in PJ’s by 6.30pm everyday)…

They go with pretty much anything. Seriously. Because my usual daily uniform is jeans with some kind of casual sweater/knit/tee that’s what you’re most likely to find me pairing them with, but that’s not to say they don’t go with anything else. Type ‘Swedish Fashion Blogger Nike Free Runs’ into Google to feel inspired and make you realise that your ones need a clean.

Shave your ankles. I find the Free Runs to look best when there’s a bit of ankle of show and have taken to popping a tuck or two into most of my jeans when I sport them – especially the looser fitting, more boyfriend looking ones. And man do I need to pay more attention when shaving around the ankle area. I think there were some strays that were nearing almost an inch long after swerving the razor for too long.

Trainer socks are your new best friend. There’s nothing worse than having to fold your socks down in half so they don’t sneak out the top. It reminds me of being back in school when everyone else had trainer socks but my Mum was still buying me knee length ones and I’d spend the whole of first break time stuffing them into my shoes. I suggest a bargain priced Primark bumper-sized pack.

Be warned, you’ll want to wear them EVERYDAY. Seriously. Comfortable to the point that you feel like you may be walking on clouds, I now let out an audible groan whenever I know that trainers just wouldn’t be apt for an outing. Screw the boot collection, I sense my one pair could become two, very soon…


  • Chloe and her notes

    I’m going through a trainer phase too Anna, did a post on it here My Adidas Gazelle’s are always being popped on.

    Chloe Xx

  • Manouk

    Lol ´shave your ankles´. I don´t own a pair but my sister does and I quite like them on her 🙂

  • I had to laugh when I read *Shave your ankles!* but I know what you mean..

  • You make me thinking of buying a pair

  • I’m desperate to get my hands on a pair of these! I love the coloured ones too 🙂 xx

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  • I love Nike ! Got the Blazer one’s in black and fuchsia.. They are so great ! I’m also addicted at the moment with my Stan Smith’ by Adidas .. Perfection !
    lots of love, Victoria

  • Andrea

    How to style Nike Free Runs – wear them TO THE GYM or out for a RUN because they are trainers!

    • Lydia

      Do you insist that every Converse wearer should play basketball too?

      Running shoes aren’t cheap for most budgets, so it’s nice to know how to wear them ‘off duty’ and get double wearage.

      • Sarah Pradolin

        I totally agree! When you find a pair of shoes that are perfect for multi-purpose use, its a miracle!

    • Beauty Splash

      Not sure that’s their only uses haha! There’s no set rules that they have to be worn for exercise!

  • Emily Golding

    I find my new nike trainers clouds to walk on! You really do want to wear them all the time.

    Emily xx

  • Belle Hankey

    Ever since you first bought your free runs you’ve made me want some for myself! This is just further enabling me to finally make the purchase!

    The Life & Times of Belle

  • They are so comfortable!

  • Samantha

    Every time you show them in an outfit post I’m tempted to go buy a pair. 😉 Comfort is calling my name!

  • Loved this post, you always crack me up with your honesty (shaving your ankles? I am still giggling) 😉 x

  • Aren’t they just the BEST! I have a monochrome pair (Virgo essential!) and I love wearing them to walk my dog in and pop to the shops 🙂 xx

  • Daniella

    love the free-runs



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  • nueyork

    I love your honest comments, I definitely need to focus on those ankles too!

  • now im going to buying a pair this wkend!

  • I’ve picked up running this year (ok, more like am attempting to start running for more than 10 minutes without passing out), and I think a pair of these trainers are definitely in my future! Great post Anna!

  • Great post! I always feel like I look like a dim sim when I wear trainers outside of exercising purposes. I feel like they make me look stumpy, but these are some awesome tips.

  • I’m so obsessed with trainers. My peer group don’t really wear them that much, so it’s kind of my signature thing. I’m dying for the Liberty ones. Ah….

    x Lillian from Parisian To Be

  • I don’t know how I feel about the whole trainers with jeans thing… You pull it off so well, but I think as close as I’m going to get is my trusty converse. 🙂

    Beth. x

  • You did an excellent job of styling them. I love your jeans by the way.
    Bright and Shiny

  • emiller1233

    I wear mine everyday too! Thanks for the extra tips, I just need black socks!

  • I love sneakers with jeans, with shorts, with skirts…with almost everything! I’ve been a fan for years, now I’m just glad everyone is starting to embrace them! Not to say that i still don’t love my boots, but sneakers are a more fun & comfy option for warmer seasons.

    Kisses from Buenos Aires xx

  • really want the ones you have!


  • Beauty Splash

    I am desperate for a pair of trainers, I am feeling very ‘comfort over style’ lately. I think you style them really well! Great post 🙂

  • Megan Roisin

    I work at a shop that sells a lot of trainers so since being surrounded by them constantly I’ve developed a new love for them myself!

    Megan x | MeganRoisinn

  • Lala

    Am selling one of these, somehow they are not my style at all

    • What size?

      • Lala

        US7; UK4,5; EUR38; 24cm – This is what the label sais however they fit perfectly on a real 8US size which is 24.5cm

        • My clown feet are way to big for those!

          Thanks for the speedy reply though 🙂

  • Love these trainers so much! I seriously need a pair of them in my life, I never wear trainers but these just look so cool and comfy! x

  • Haha! Great point on the ankle shaving! I have a pair of New Balance sneakers and love them. So comfy!!

  • Chantal

    They look fab on you! Whenever I’ve tried to wear my trainers with everyday outfits in the past they have always looked rubbish on me, but I just don’t think that I can pull off the sporty look anyway haha x

  • shyusized

    I started pairing nike free runs w my everyday outfits because of your outfit posts! Your style is so effortless and inspiring! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Olivia Frescura

    These look great- I’m looking for a “stylish” pair of shoes for walking while studying abroad this fall…these just might be them!

  • Nicole Jade Faulks

    Want these so bad! I love that you can customised your own pair online 🙂 x

  • Mana Smith

    These are so cute. I’ve never been a proper trainers wearer since my first job and was therefore able to buy my own shoes, but I’m starting to see how great a good pair can be. Love the outfit you paired them with.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • I love my nike trainers, there so comfty!


  • Allison

    These are surprisingly cute! I’m a trainer hater but these are awfully tempting
    Allison from

  • Sarah Pradolin

    Great idea! I’m considering buying a pair, although I don’t know how well they work in supporting your feet for running etc?

  • Sylvia

    Haha, how funny. I was just talking to some friends about how great it is that the new “in” shoes (sneakers, sliders) are COMFORTABLE trendy pieces. Such a great change from the stilettos and wedges that were previously more commonplace.


    • Haha I was having the same conversation too! It’s amazing how it goes through phases and at the moment it’s the comfy phase – especially with Birkenstocks being in fashion

      Sam xx – how to make the most of your twenties

  • I ALWAYS forget the ankle area when wearing shorter pants. Ahhh, I hate it.

    Everyone has these free runs now! I need to get a pair for my next school year. Will be perfect for running around campus and to just keep on me or in my locker.

    Carolyn | BLOG

  • lols I never wear trainers but the free runs look lovely!

  • I’ve been wearing trainers a lot recently, and I love it! Even for more casual nights out since I don’t have aching feet at the end of the night. I agree trainer socks from Primark are a must have.

    Beauty and Lifestyle Blog


  • Fernanda

    I just got a new job as a barista which means I’m on my feet all-the-time. I knew I needed some trainers for comfort and I really wanted these ones (all your influence, of course!). After spilling some milk on my shoes a couple of times though, I quickly changed my mind on wearing these babies to work and went for some more economical Asics trainers. LOL The Free Runs are still on my wish list though, they jus tlook so KEWL! x

  • i love that trainers are more cool and wearable now – saving my soles ! I am trying to get into wearing heels but trainers and boots are all the way on comfort

    Lauren x

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  • You are the reason I bought black Nike free runs Anna 🙂

  • Ellen P-H

    I love the look of these! And you wear them so well, Anna 🙂

  • Bine

    Actually I bought a pinkish/red pair of Nike Free Run today because of you. As I was still searching for a new pair of trainers for my upcoming vacation. Am already in love with them and the black ones will be mine after summer

  • Maddy de Young

    I have a blue and purple pair which I love but have really struggled to style. I’m now obsessed with getting a black pair as they’ll go with everything more easily!

  • I’m a converse girl through and through but a pair of trainers are looking pretty good right now.

  • Jo. C.

    Thank you so much for this! I’ve been wanting to wear my trainers more but I felt like they never went with anything I wore. (which is mostly with jeans) But you make wearing trainers daily, amazing! x

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  • Kate

    Can you do a post featuring different outfits styled with your free runs?

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