Whether it’s white, grey or black sneakers – or any colour in between – the casual sneaker is the staple item of every man’s wardrobe. In a world where sneakerheads queue and resell the hottest sneakers at exorbitant prices, getting your hands on a stylish pair is easier said than done. If you want to add a stylish touch to your look without breaking the bank then we’ve got the answer for you.
Whilst minimalist design sneakers can go with almost any outfit, the same can’t be said for running shoes. The last thing you want to see is one of these paired with a casual suit so pay attention if you want the right look. Picking the right sneakers ultimately comes down to the outfit you’re wearing. A general rule of thumb is that the most versatile suit sneakers are usually the most muted ones. This is especially the case for suits which is often best paired with:
We’ve covered the topic in the past on the difference between a $100 and $1,000 sneaker. According to experts we spoke to, the differences you’ll find often come down to:
- Use of expensive high-grade leathers – pebble leather which doesn’t crack as much over time
- Thicker leather – this ensures the shoe retains its shape and looks newer for longer
- Tumbled leather – some mid-range shoe brands use this to achieve a balance between quality and affordability
Cheaper leathers often employ lower-quality EVAs in the midsole and use cheaper materials in the upper construction. The degree of quality may vary from brand to brand but the take away from this is that if you’re after a pair of casual shoes for daily duties, a cheap pair will do you just fine.
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The Series 1 sneaker is easily the standout model, rocking a low-top silhouette but with a slightly thicker sole than some other pairs to give them some real heft. The use of premium Italian materials, in this case, suede, exudes luxury and the fact they also make use of recycled materials in their build makes them worthy of a spot on your to-buy list.
The Capri low-top sneaker is the one we imagine most customers will snap up, rocking a classic silhouette (that we admit looks strikingly similar to many other pairs on this list) . It's available in a quite frankly huge range of colours and can be had in leather or suede, but no matter which you choose, you'll be getting genuine materials.
The Royal is a prime example, serving up a classic low-cut design that makes use of Italian Nobuck suede leather for the upper, calfskin leather for the lining and a stitched rubber sole. It's a mystery how the brand has managed to price them so low.
The Low 1 is the pinnacle of Cabell's catalogue and is the one we imagine most sneakerheads are going to want. Made from soft calfskin leather and with a sturdy yet lightweight Margom sole, they're one of the best pairs you're going to find at this price point.
This pair of Frosted sneakers is an example of that. Sporting a familiar chunky sole design with just a single block of colour on the heel, these sneakers will give you the deceiving look of some higher-end brands, but without the associated price tag.
The company's sneakers take a similar approach to design as Uniform Standard: thick sole and minimalist design. The use of suede is something the company encourages, which in the case of the Marching sneaker, is sourced from Spain. The sneakers are then made by hand in Portugal and fitted with a Margom sole. The minimalist design and colours available make them easy to pair with any formal or casual outfit.
The Cambridge sneaker offers "Smart Luxury" in spades, using premium ultra-soft leathers and an Italian Margom sole, to create a sneaker that certainly looks like it would cost more than it does. A fine achievement.
The Un Costa Lace is one such pair to defy what we expect from the brand, serving up a silhouette that is loved – and can be worn by, many – in a multitude of handsome colours, for a price that makes them a no-brainer. And because they're Clarks, you know you're going to get top-notch quality.
At least, that's the design approach taken by the Star Master, Novesta's flagship sneaker. Available in a wide range of conventional and slightly unusual colours, they're a perfect addition to any footwear collection.