Deep Skate: 5 Best Sneakers for Grown-Up Skater Style

Grown-Up Skater Style Sneakers
Image courtesy Mr Porter
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* Modern skate sneakers from designers and big brands alike
* Skater-inspired looks with premium materials
* Work them into your adult style (or suit) for a trendy yet age appropriate look

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 Sneakers

The celebrated Vans Old Skool is done up in canvas with suede accents, a padded collar and rubber sole. These sneakers provide a grown-up casual look, but retain the classic vintage soul of the Vans you know and love.

vans old skool sneaker Image courtesy of Nordstrom


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.

Clae Gregory Sneaker Image courtesy of Nordstrom


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.

Lanvin Slip-On Sneaker Image courtesy of Mr Porter


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.

Alexander McQueen White Sneakers Image courtesy of Ssense


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.

Balenciaga Arena Sneakers Image courtesy of Mr Porter

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