The sneaker industry doesn’t conform to the changing of the seasons. New releases, like the incredible Pyer Moss x Reebok Experiment 4, emerge from the ether, presenting themselves to the world through a crafty Instagram post and then immediately sell out. If you are a real sneakerhead, you need the lowdown 24/7: Sole Collector is a brilliant website to ensure you are up-to-date and don’t miss out on the hottest releases.
However, you’d be forgiven for feeling flooded when looking for some sick new kicks. That’s why we decided to sift through and bring you the best selection of different styles, price points and brands. Bear in mind, this isn’t an all-time great list but just sneakers that are readily available, freshly released and downright stylish. Enjoy!
1. FEAR OF GOD Mesh-Trimmed Suede Sneakers
Sometimes a pair of sneakers grabs your attention and locks it a stranglehold until you start making plans to buy them. These are those aggressively attractive pair of sneakers. The format is quite simple, they blend a chunky-sole skate shoe with the layered design of a basketball sneaker. The result is sneaker that subtly screams for attention. They make for a versatile, casual white sneaker, so wear with freedom. The lace-ups fasten with a sliver toggle, making them easy to slip on and off.
2. NIKE Zoom Fly 3
BEST FOR RUNNERS
These are some of the best running sneakers available at the moment. They are designed for distance running, with a carbon-fiber plate inside the mid sole that can shrink or expand the amount of fiber layers for maximal flexibility in your stride. The color is described as Electric Green/Vapor Green/Phantom/Black and we challenge you to find a cooler set of color adjectives to describe the color of a running shoe.
3. NEW BALANCE ML801BEB
BEST ALL-TERRAIN SNEAKER
New Balance is stretching their tentacles into the hiking/outerwear market with these all-terrain sneakers. The combination of hiking-wear and 90s inspiration make these an on-trend pair. They will look just as neat clomping down Broadway as they will nearing the summit of a mountain trail. They come with specific technology to make your life easier with use of a C-CAP midsole and ABZORB cushioning.
4. VANS Old Skool
BEST COLOR EXPLOSION
If you think your footwear wardrobe needs a little injection of color, what better way than these Old Skool Vans. You’ll be pleased to know that block colors are trending at the moment, but aside from that, they just look pretty cool. Skater or not, these can spice up any weekend outfit, but not in an offensive way; they just want to have a bit of fun. If you are a skater, the thick suede is tough enough to withstand the repeated foot drag of an ollie across your board.
5. SAINT LAURENT SL-06 Signature Court Classic Sneaker
BEST DESIGNER SNEAKER
These sneakers have the classic on-court style of a vulcanized midsole, giving them vintage style. Saint Laurent have combined this with a lackadaisical, branded scribble on the side and distressed canvas outer layer, which further relaxes the aesthetic. But, the top quality of this shoe, crafted in Italy from the finest materials still ensure this sneaker is sufficient to warrant its price tag. This will become your wardrobe’s most comfortable, stylish sneaker.
6. PUMA X ADER ERROR PS 9.8
BEST SNEAKER COLLAB
What is a best sneakers round-up without a standout collaboration? Unthinkable. Collaborations between just about any franchise, brand or person have been a dominant theme of the previous decade of sneaker history. In what would otherwise be lovely, casual and comfortable trainers from Puma, the ADER error influence has brought color, suede, playfulness with stitching, chunky midsole detailing and very in-vogue hiking laces to the sneaker party.
7. BØRN Allegheny Sneaker
BEST LEATHER SNEAKER
Sometimes it is the real classic shapes and materials that create a great pair of sneakers. These brown leather sneakers are the perfect smart-casual pair. Worn with a pair of dark indigo jeans, you’ll be well on your way to creating a stylish weekend outfit. The shoe comes with plenty of cushioning and their stitching-based construction process enables the shoe to conform to the foot and rebound with every step.
8. ADIDAS ORIGINALS Nite Jogger
BEST STREET-STYLE STAR
Orange, black and white is a combination tried, tested and approved for the streetwear sneaker. The colors are expertly spread out over a black exterior creating a simultaneously dark and vibrant sneaker. Add into the mix these alternative, almost snakeskin print laces and a classy use of suede that leave us salivating at the bad-ass-ness of these kicks.
9. SALOMON S/Lab XT-6 Softground LT Advanced
With athleisure and hiking trends converging, the fashion market has thrown out some unlikely brands being pushed into the style limelight. Salomon is a brand determined to produce sneakers that enhance your experience of the outdoors. So they are some of the most comfortable shoes on the market and they’ll easily deal with any surface you give it. Plus, the electric blue bolt through the midsole is a stunning touch. If you like these, check out some of their recent collaborations.
10. CARIUMA Catiba Suede Ivory Logo Sneakers
BEST SUSTAINABLE CHOICE
The ethos of this brand is simple: “We want the shoes you wear to be made responsibly, feel crazy comfortable and provide effortless style. What we’re doing isn’t special, it’s how it’s supposed to be done.” The suede is leather supplied by businesses that operate under strict local and international environmental standards (ISO 14001). Their sustainability action demands that 100% of the water that is used in the leather process is reused and treated (with zero chemical waste output). These are feel good sneakers in all senses of the phrase.