As with so many things 90s, skate style is back in a big way. However, the definitive look is no longer only fringe, and is now influencing clothing and sneakers for the grown-ups who lived and loved the skate lifestyle of decades past.
The key to pulling off the look these days is to find paired down silhouettes that are age appropriate, while keeping the skater vibes to your feet. We found these 5 pairs of premium sneakers that offer a more mature, but still classic skater look that will work seamlessly into any adult’s style.
1. Vans Old Skool DX Sneakers
The celebrated Vans Old Skool gets upgraded with high-end leather and a modern tan color. These sneakers provide a mature look, but retain the classic vintage soul of the Vans you know and love.
2. Clae Gregory Sneakers
This sneaker from Clae offers a more streamlined skater look, and features a plush leather and suede build with toe perforations for breathability.
3. Lanvin Slip-On Sneakers
Renowned designer Lanvin has taken inspiration from classic slip-ons to create a modern, minimalist shoe. With a suede heel and full grain leather, these sneakers are inspired by the past but decidedly fresh and modern. Work them into a suit for a contemporary office outfit.
4. Alexander McQueen Oversized Sneakers
One of the most recent trends in sneakers is the return of the chunkiness that was so prevalent in 90s skater style. These Alexander McQueen sneakers take advantage of this, and masterfully bring the look into 2017. The key is keeping the silhouette streamlined and simple, like with this stark white model seen here.
5. Balenciaga Arena Sneakers
These Balenciaga Arena sneakers in gray suede do a truly excellent job of upgrading and modernizing the iconic oversized tongue look. This, and their versatility, make them our favorite pick for a grown-up, skater-inspired sneaker.