Up your sneaker game with our guide to the best classic, workout and fashion trainers, as well as new collections.
Show your hands if you’re guilty of owning more sneakers than heels or dressy shoes. With the athleisure trend now comfortably settled into our everyday style, sneakers are a step in the right sartorial direction. Want to up your sneaker game? Pimp out your shoe closet with the sickest kicks for all occasions – trendy designer sneakers, new collections, all-star gym trainers and timeless essentials included.
Best fashion sneakers
Aldo Mx3 Collection
Aldo has been fueling creativity through the community by extending National day-inspired customisation services back in August and most recently, partnering with five street artists from around the globe. Maximalists can opt for wacky and colourful designs with graffiti, moving image-making, music and bartistry influences. Of course, if you rather stay away from prints, the gender-neutral Mx3 core series comes in vivid violet ice, plum wine, mars red, jet black, bright white and grey colours.
Aldo Mx3 Collection, Artist sneakers are available at Ion Orchard, Core series is available at various outlets and online
Stella #stansmith: The first vegan-friendly Adidas Stan Smith sneaker
Have you always been a fan of Stella McCartney? Are you also a vegan? This one’s for all animal lovers ‘cos Adidas has launched its first ever leather-free Stan Smith. These white sneakers are free of leather and bi-products but do not sacrifice on style. It even has special Stella stars in stripes instead of the signature Adidas stripes.
Stella #stansmith: The first vegan Adidas Stan Smith sneaker, Stella McCartney Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, #01-06, Singapore 238859; Stella McCartney Hilton Hotel, 581 Orchard Road, #02-19, Singapore 238883; Men’s Collection: Club21 Four Seasons Hotel, #01-01/02, 190 Orchard Boulevard, Singapore 248646
The Karl Lagerfeld x Puma collection
We’re lucky to be living in an era where more cult-status luxury brands are collaborating with sports brands. Puma’s already riding high on success through various celebrity collabs (the likes of The Weeknd, Rihanna and Kylie Jenner) but this first-ever collab with Karl Lagerfield is sure to turn heads. A play on Lagerfeld’s signature aesthetic, these two unisex suede sneakers will remind you of his iconic tuxedo jacket, white collar, tie and sunglasses. Do you see it?
The Karl Lagerfeld x Puma collection, available from 19 October at Limited Edt, Pedder on Scoots, PUMA Select MBS and Robinsons.
Adidas Stan Smiths
Created in 1971 for tennis star, Stan Smith, these classic shoes officially took the fashion world by storm last year. Comfortable and effortlessly chic, the tongue of the shoes features a portrait of the iconic player, and are available in different colourways and materials like suede and knit. Designers like Yohji Yamamoto and Raf Simons have even muscled in on the action with chic collabs.
Adidas Stan Smiths, Available at the Adidas US online store and Adidas Originals Pacific Plaza (call to ask about availability beforehand).
Yeezy Boost 350 V2
Since Kanye’s kicks were first introduced, they’ve been flying off the shelves (and severely jacked up in pricing by savvy online retailers). The epitome of elevated activewear, these holy grail sneakers tick all the right boxes for functionality with their formfitting, breathable primeknit on the upper, premium suede arch support as well as fashion with their sleek design and minimalist colourways (oh nude yeezys, we love you so).
Available with limited releases from Adidas Originals Pacific Plaza and Limited Edt Vault Marina Bay Sands.
The creme de la creme in the world of luxury sneakers, Common Projects kicks come at a price: a hefty $400 one, that is. Sleek and minimalist, the understated design features 10 gold numbers, detailing the article number, size and colour. All of its shoes – including the low top trainers – are made of Italian leather and gorgeously handstitched.
Pedder on Scotts, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209.
Best timeless sneakers
Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars
Despite the mind-numbingly vast choices of casual sneakers, nothing says stylish throwback like the simple Converse chucks. These simple canvas sneakers with compound rubber soles have achieved cult status with everyone from skater boys and b-ballers to quirky fashion girls.
Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars, Available at Converse stores islandwide.
Nike Air Force One
Few sneakers are as respected (rapper Nelly even dedicated a song to it) and recognised as the Nike Air Force Ones. Originally a basketball shoe, the AF1s may have evolved over the years in colorways and subtle details, but newer models still stick to the shoe’s classic silhouette, springy cushioning and massive sole.
Nike Air Forces, Available at Limited Edition and Leftfoot.
Fun fact: The first Adidas superstars are said to have first appeared on the basketball courts in 1970 before hitting the streets. Featuring an all-leather upper and the iconic rubber shelltoe, these #throwback kicks were even paid tribute to by rap trio Run D.M.C. Today, these Superstars of sneaker culture are loved by many, including street style mavens and high fashion aficionados.
Adidas Superstar, Available at Adidas Originals Pacific Plaza and the Adidas SG online store.
Van’s Old Skool
The first to boast the iconic side stripe, the Old Skool debuted in 1977. The classic skate kicks are loved by all, and feature a durable suede and canvas upper as well as a padded tongue. No longer just for skaters, these iconic shoes have recently made a resurgence as a style juggernaut and are constantly spotted on the crème de la crème of the fashion world.
Van’s Old Skool, Available at Van’s stores islandwide, including ION Orchard and JEM.
Best workout trainers
Reebok Flexweave series
Built for training and running, these performance-focused sneakers are perfect if you’re ready to challenge your fitness level. The flexweave technology (an open figure-8 weave engineered for performance, lightness and durability), come in five different silhouettes for specific running and cross-training training workouts.
Reebok Flexweave series, various Reebok Fit Hub stores including Velocity and selected Royal Sporting House stores
Asics Hypergel-sai & Hypergel-kan series
This leading sportswear brand is taking things to the next level with more variations from the HyperGel series. In case you didn’t know, the HyperGel series has the comfiest midsole foam that offers more cushioning and is designed with streetwear and sports in mind. Perfect for those who are into the whole athleisure scene. So what’s the diff? The HyperGel-Sai stands out with an asymmetrical eyelet construction inspired by an old series. The HyperGel-kan provides more support with an external heel counter.
Asics Hypergel-sai & Hypergel-kan series, available at Asics retail stores including Paragon, Velocity, Plaza Singapura
Inov-8 F-Lite 235 V2
For a versatile shoe to smash all manner of workouts, Inov-8 F-LITE 235 is the ultimate training shoe. Boasting flexibility and durability, these kicks feature a seamless toe bumper for protection from God-awful burpees, a denser heel for stability, while the rubber grips shield you from rope burn.
Inov-8 F-LITE 235 V2 , Available from Key Power Sports.
Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 Weave
Crossfitties swear by these kicks, and isn’t difficult to see why. This upgrade features a seamless NanoWeave upper for durable support, a CMEVA moulded midsole and a sockliner for excellent cushioning as well as a gum rubber outsole for better grip. Little wonder why these have even won fans amongst weightlifters.
Reebok Crossfit Nano 7 Weave, Available from Reebok US online store and Royal Sporting House selected outlets.
Nike Epic React Flyknit
Remarkably lightweight, the Epic React Flyknit is designed to give you crazy comfort. It’s incredibly responsive too, thanks to foam cushioning that responds to the impact of your step by snapping back. The more energy you put into your step, the more you’ll receive in return. Rubber sections on the toe and heel help you grip the ground, while the tongue is seamlessly part of the shoe’s upper to lessen any pressure.
Nike Epic React Flyknit, Available from Nike stores islandwide and Leftfoot stores.
Best slip ons
Axel Arigato Clean 360 Laceless
Swedish sneaker label Axel Arigato has our hearts and it’s not letting go of them soon. Loved for their clean aesthetic, and neutral colourways, the brand’s bestseller is the Clean 260 Laceless, made with premium Italian leathers and handcrafted in Portugal. We also love this for the extra height gifted by the platform soles.
Axel Arigato Clean 360 Laceless, Available from Axel Arigato
Vans classics slip ons
Known as the quintessential summer sneaker, the former footwear of choice for skater boys have now become a closet essential. Featuring a lightweight yet durable canvas upper and the signature Vans waffle insole, these comfy slip ons are available in a huge range of colours, fabrics and prints.
Available from Vans stores islandwide and Leftfoot stores.
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