What’s cooler than cool? Usually, “ice cold” would be the correct response. But in relation to this article, the answer is, in fact, grey sneakers. But not just any grey sneakers, on the contrary, these are the ones that will help you get your Scandinavian minimalist freak on (save for the pairs from New Balance and Orlebar Brown).
So why the fuss over grey sneakers? We imagine many of you may overlook grey as a colour choice when sneaker shopping, but the in-between of white and black can act as a sleek alternative to white, black or even blue sneakers, grey sneakers can provide that extra bit of pop without drawing attention away from your actual garments. They also work better for white or light coloured pants. So if white sneakers aren’t to your personal taste and black and blue take away from your outfit, it’s time to give grey a go.
Our hit list of grey sneakers is versatile both in style and affordability, allowing you to wear them with anything from suits to casual wear to streetwear. With brands including Common Projects, Novesta and Grenson all making the cut, here are the best grey sneakers you need to own right now.
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The Star Master is the brand's flagship series and is available in a range of colours, including grey. They retain the minimalist styling of other pairs in Novesta's lineup and will be a perfect addition to any dark-denim look.
Case in point is this pair of Campus suede sneakers in grey. An iconic pair to come from the German marque, the Campus use pigskin suede for the upper, paired with a rubber outsole. The company's OrthoLite Sockliner is a welcome addition to hug your foot in comfort.
This wool knit pair, for example, was designed in collaboration with Rick Owens, and could just be one of the best looking running sneakers we've laid eyes on. With recycled materials being used throughout their DNA (you can see a full breakdown of its materials on the website), this running sneaker will have you sprinting your way past the competition in style.
Practically every colour you can think of is taken care of, including grey in this pair of Capri sneakers in Perla. They're made from a combination of full-grain calf leather and calf suede to provide a supremely luxurious sneaker that is completely minimal, but completely worth your money.
This pair of Atom sneakers do all that, being made from an Italian suede with a rubber cup sole. The low-top design, coupled with suede makes them malleable, so will caress your feet with the utmost comfort.
New Balance's lifestyle sneaker collection relies heavily on retro styling, which we love. Take this pair of 990s, which reimagine the same look as their ancestor, released in 1982. Made from a combination of suede and mesh for comfort and breathability, they're well-suited to everyday wearing and the gym.
Employing a traditionally 80s style silhouette , the Court look superb in grey. Hand stitched to the highest standard in Marche, Italy from full grain calfskin leather and a Margom Italian sole for durability, they're the perfect everyday or gym pair of sneakers.
The Series 6 sneaker rock a low-top design and are made from a combination of genuine Italian suede and nubuck, ethically sourced, of course. More leather can be found on the inside, along with fully recycled insole boards, and even the box they come in is 100 per cent recycled. And all that for less than $200.
The Larson is the company's flagship sneaker and, true to the company's swimming roots, is a "shoe you can swim in". An ultra-lightweight build, elasticated back band to keep them in place and an open-mesh weave mean they can comfortably be submerged in water. No more sand in your socks, sign us up!
The Cambridge sneaker is every bit as luxurious as Aurélian boasts, being made from an ultra-soft leather and calves leather being used on the inside, along with an extra padded insole for cushioned strides.
The Top Cap sneaker is one of Axel's signature designs, rocking a gorgeous low-cut silhouette with a contrasting matte leather patch on the toe. Paired with a pair of dark denim jeans that finished at the ankle or some well-fitting chinos, these Axel Arigato sneakers will pop and raise your style credentials tenfold.
The No-2 Plaster sneaker employs a highly breathable design with a generous portion of a cotton mesh material. It's incredibly lightweight, which when combined with a memory foam insole (with antibacterial properties) will make it feel like you're walking on clouds.
The Sneaker 1 is easily the most recognisable sneaker in the company's catalogue, offering up a low top design but one that differentiates itself from the competition with subtle stylistic choices, including a pull tab on the tongue and stitching on the toe.
The low top design of the Achilles may be one mimicked by numerous brands, but none of those have the extra-special touch you get from a pair of CPs. Chief among those is the use of incredibly high-quality leathers for the upper, stitched directly onto the sole for the ultimate in durability and craftsmanship.
The Court sneaker looks strikingly similar to Oliver Cabell's model, though is finished in a lighter shade of grey and rocks contrasting patches to add extra bit of flair. The sole is made from virtually 100 per cent recycled virgin plastic, while the full-grain leather for the upper is sourced from ethical tanneries.