January is usually the height of cuffing season, but not this year. With Covid lockdowns still in place across the world, cuffing season had to take a break. And that, thankfully, extends to this guide to cool track pants. Still wearing the cuffed variety? Come on, do better.
With cuffs out of the equation, track pants take on a new life. Styling straight-leg track pants with your everyday gear looks way better. It takes things up a notch and, let’s be honest, no grown man should be bound by the elasticated ankle. Styling the latter can verge on a lazy, I-just-got-out-of-bed-and-this-was-the-first-thing-I-found aesthetic.
With that in mind, and with cuffing season well and truly quashed this year in every sense, we’ve rounded up some of the best straight-leg track pants that the internet has to offer.
In terms of cultural history, few straight-leg track pants can even come close to adidas Essentials 3-Stripes Pants.
Balenciaga doesn’t really do half measures, and these straight-leg track pants boast one of the widest legs we’ve seen on a pair in a long time. Gathered at an elasticated waist, the beige pair is cut from a technical fabric in Italy.
Wales Bonner took a trip back to the ‘70s and her own Jamaican heritage in her recent capsule collection with adidas. This pair is a standout piece, sitting somewhere between tailored trousers and track pants.
Japanese label Needles has elbowed its way to the top of the luxury track pants game with a consistent output of flawless tracksuits. Typified by the butterfly logo, you really can’t go wrong with Needles.
Straight-leg track pants are nothing new, as proven by this retro-fuelled pair from Reebok. Cut from nylon, the archive-inspired design features an oversized logo to each leg by way of detailing.
2020 clarified a few things for us. 1. Cuffing is overrated. 2. The outdoors is underrated. That’s maybe why this pair of nature-celebrating, straight-leg track pants is doing it for us.
Our Legacy does all forms of effortless tailoring with laid-back ease, so it’s no surprise that the Stockholm label has a handful of premium, cuff-free track pants in most collections. This pair is cut from a luxe velvet fabric.
Made from BCI cotton, cotton that’s part of the Better Cotton Initiative which ensures fair and conscious practice throughout the cotton industry, PUMA’s Essential Logo Pants are a no-frills staple.
Aries looks to the near future for this pair of space-ready nylon track pants. A rubberized logo to the left thigh is the only detailing needed because the silver nylon certainly leaves a visual mark.
Nobody kicks back like LA surfers, so when it comes to copping straight-leg track pants you’d be right in thinking that some of the best come from LA Surf labels like NOON GOONS. Midnight pure cotton falls nicely with a subtle Noon Goons text logo down the left leg.
If you look closely enough, you will spot Marine Serre’s unmistakable crescent moons within the intricate silk patchwork of these straight-leg track pants. The usually dominant motif takes a backseat to a range of other eye-catching patterns, though. Each pair is unique, featuring different coloration and graphics.
SSS World Corp’s wide-leg track pants take vintage design cues with a multicolor stripe down each leg which pops against the black backdrop.
Two stripes to each leg add visual structure to this pair of purple track pants from Palm Angels who, like Needles, is known and loved for its high-end tracksuits.
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