With dress codes relaxing and days spent increasingly on the go, sneakers are quickly stepping up as the go-to shoe for 24/7 wear (gym junkies and casual offices, rejoice!). While there’s a seemingly endless supply of sneakers to snap up, the best still combine uncompromising athletic performance with stylish sensibilities. So whether you’re bench pressing, cold pressing or just pressed for time, our five favourite runners have got you covered.
PUMA – Suede Classic Trainers
This iconic low profile sneaker for men is the perfect fusion of classic design and urban cool. The PUMA Suede Classic is capped with hard-wearing yet ultra lightweight rubber outsoles, sleek colour-matched laces and the signature swooping side stripe. Clean lines, luxe materials and a minimalist silhouette make these sneakers the ultimate street style weapon.
Adidas – ZX Flux Verve
It’s tough to improve on greatness, but the ZX Flux Verve takes an adidas staple to a whole new level. Built for the ladies, these runners push the style boundaries with fresh asymmetric lines, a re-imagined welded ZX heel cage and sculpted contrast outsoles for a feather-light feel on your feet. Breathable jersey lining, super smooth neoprene uppers and spliced suede accents offer the right balance of dependable performance and contemporary sports-luxe style.
Nike – Juvenate
If you’re not ready to give up the signature swoosh but want to side-step the omnipresent Roshes or Frees, the Nike Juvenate is your new sole-mate. The Juvenate is made with super flexible honeycomb mesh for maximum breathability, while the packable design makes for easy storage on the go. Premium phylon midsoles bring lightweight cushioning without any extra bulk, making them the ideal choice for warmer weather. And with seasonal his-and-hers colours dropping regularly, you’ll be struggling to stop at just one pair.
New Balance – 574
A New Balance icon, the 574 runners have transcended the normcore movement and are a must-have in any self-respecting male sneakerhead’s collection. Suede and mesh uppers create the perfect blend of form and function, while signature ENCAP® midsoles offer low-key support with every step. While fresh iterations emerge every season, these zeitgeist-y kicks are best kept classic – think whites, blacks, greys and blues to see you through all year round.
Vans – SK8-Hi
The Vans SK8-Hi is a California classic that’s never going out of style. With roots in West Coast skate culture, these low-maintenance high top sneakers are the epitome of casual cool. The signature vulcanised waffle outsoles offer maximum traction with zero weight, while padded collars bring a little extra comfort to the everyday grind. And that unmistakeable suede side stripe? It’s instantly recognisable without turning you into a walking billboard. Bonus points for that, we say!
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