Think of a casual trainer, and you’re thinking of a low-top. It’s the archetype, the much-loved and never-fail go-to that all of us – every single one of us – has piled up beside our front doors, ready to throw on when the work shoes are done for the day.

Although there’s never a bad time of year to throw a pair on, right now, as summer loses its grip and autumn starts to take hold, low-top trainers are returning to be with their time-honoured bedfellows – jeans and smart-casual chinos. And to celebrate, trainer powerhouses have released a slew of epic options, just in time for the longer, cooler evenings.

We’ve pulled out a few of our favourites. They’re all available now, and ready to numb the pain of having to pull your trousers on once again.

New Balance x J.Crew Camo 997

American label J.Crew has been collaborating with New Balance for a long time, regularly putting out “normcore” delicacies with the trainer giant. And the pairing’s done it again here, making full use of an early 90s New Balance icon and giving it some tasty, limited-edition premium-suede camo treatment. £160, buy on J.Crew.com

Adidas Originals London To Manchester Gazelle

The Gazelle has been entwined in the very fabric of sports casual since its release in 1968, thanks to its stripped-back design and many colourways. This London to Manchester style pays homage to the football fans who elevated the training shoe to the god-leagues of terrace culture. £80, buy on size.co.uk

Raf Simons x Adidas Matrix Spirit

Here’s what happens when designer and creative director of Calvin Klein Raf Simons is let loose on the famous three stripes. You get a cool modern and understated style that’s “perfect for daily wear” (just as long as that daily wear doesn’t involve mud, dirt, filth, muck, split coffee, dropped food, puddles…). £185, buy on matchesfashion.com

Clae Bradley

California-based Clae has everything you want from your smart-casual white leather sneaks: a minimal contemporary design, luxe materials, and just enough detailing to stand out from the rest. £110, buy on reiss.com

Cole Haan Grandprø

This tennis shoe by American footwear label Cole Haan was made with a simple ethos in mind: “everything you need, and nothing you don’t”. Exactly why each trainer comes in at a super-lightweight 8.8oz. £110, buy on colehaan.com

Diadora Borg Elite

The 80s casual look has been back for a while, and these sneakers by Italian label Diadora look just as good now as they did back in the day. £84, buy on stuartslondon.com

Nike Air Zoom Mariah Racer Flyknit

New meets old in these tasty hybrid trainers. Half Air Mariah, a classic lightweight silhouette from 1981, combines seamlessly with 2012’s innovative Flyknit Racer for a street-ready winner. £130, buy on size.co.uk

Reebok Club Workout

Reebok has smashed together two of its most successful styles for the Club Workout. Look closely, and you’ll recognise the uppers from the Reebok Workout and the midsole unit from the Club C. You’re getting a bit of both for a dead good price. £65, buy on size.co.uk

Timberland Flyroam Chukka

You know Timberland best for their workwear boots, but you’d be dead wrong if you think there’s anything big and clumpy about its foray into trainers. You’re getting a sleek and modern design, a surprisingly lightweight construction, and durable rebound cushioning in the sole for an extra spring in your step. £125, buy on timberland.co.uk

Lacoste Straightset 317 Suede

When you see that little croc, you know you’re getting French cool and quality. That’s definitely the case with these low-profile stunners. £95, buy on asos.com

Adidas Stan Smith

Sure, you’re more likely to find these on the streets than the courts these days, but the fact remains that Stan Smiths are still the most famous tennis shoes ever made. A versatile and understated classic. £75, buy on matchesfashion.com

Common Projects Leather Achilles Low Top

Common Projects has cultivated a cult following amongst the creative professional set, all devoutly following the brand for its Italian-made minimal designs. And those arty types must be doing all right, if they can afford spicy prices like this. £345, buy on matchesfashion.com

Golden Goose Super Star

Hand-made in Italy, this luxury option takes all the hard work out of giving your trainers that well-loved look by being made from pre-distressed white leather. £290, buy on matchesfashion.com