Not all designer footwear have to be outlandish in colorway, shape, height, or texture. A number of esteemed luxury brands offer no-frills, wear-anywhere sneakers that will fit right in the wardrobes of even the most uncompromising of minimalists. The sneakers in question come in mostly neutral colors that can be worn with virtually any outfit, feature just enough elan to be distinguishable from any run-of-the-mill canvas pair, and bear the best marks of the brands that produced them.
Here, we’ve rounded up 10 luxury sneakers that can be classified as the quintessential pairs for a versatile and timeless wardrobe. Take a look:
1. Gucci Ace Sneakers
The classic Gucci color scheme does not disrupt the clean aesthetic of this pair. Rather, it adds to the overall elegance. The archival embroidered Gucci bee makes an appearance on the outer side of this low-cut sneaker. Additionally, the pair features interesting asymmetrical detail: The heel of one shoe has red leather details, while the other has it in green. All in all, this is a classic, distinctly Gucci design that can be worn with streetwear to smart casual ensembles.
Women’s Ace sneaker with bee, $680, (approximately P32,640), GUCCI
2. Chanel Tweed and Suede Sneakers
Tweed has been synonymous with Chanel for decades, thus making this pair a flexible yet unmistakably Chanel accessory. It comes in a variety of colorways, such as turquoise, blue, black, and gold. Given the specific textile choice, this pair is certainly a bit bolder than the others in this list, but loyal customers of the brand will consider this a must-have accessory.
Chanel Suede Tweed and Suede Calfskin Sneakers in Gray & Pink, $1,300, (approximately P62,400), CHANEL
3. Louis Vuitton Archlight Sneakers
If you’re looking for a slender, feminine sneaker, the LV Archlight might be the one for you. It sidesteps the boot-like thickness of some sneakers, and instead features low-cut ankles in favor of a flattering show of skin. A cleverly cut wave-shaped sole creates quite the delicate, feline look, which is missing from most campy, chunky sneakers. Lastly, the contrast patent monogram detailing keeps it sporty and chic.
LV Archlight Sneakers, $1,170, (approximately P56,160), LOUIS VUITTON
4. Fendi Rockoko Sneakers
The telltale Fendi initial is front and center on this knitted pair, and the result is sleek, classy, and sharp. An almost kimono-like wrap silhouette makes these sneakers stand out, and the zigzag sole creates drama. Minimalists with wardrobes full of deeper colors would certainly benefit from purchasing this stylable, lean pair.
Black “Forever Fendi” Rockoko Sneakers, $850, (approximately P40,800), FENDI
5. Bottega Veneta Quilt Slip-On Sneakers
Bottega Veneta’s signature Intrecciato design makes an appearance on this pillowy platform pair. Fans of uncomplicated footwear will be happy to discover that this offering is a slip-on, making it the perfect errands shoe. The tall gum-rubber sole comes in a lovely camel shade, while the quilted body is white as fleece. Subtlety can be a statement, and this pair is proof.
BV Quilt Slip-On Sneakers, $925, (approximately P44,400), BOTTEGA VENETA
6. Dior Oblique Canvas Sneakers
Make an entrance with these classic logo-covered sneakers from Dior. Transparent paneling protects the main canvas of the shoe body, creating an elegant, cloudy look. This solidly casual pair features a typical lace-up closure, a thick sole, and a contrasting cream detail and a Dior signature on the side.
B23 High-Top Sneaker in White and Black Dior Oblique Canvas, $1,150, (approximately P55,200) DIOR
7. Loewe Flow Sneakers
Subtle exaggerations and details make this shoe. The honey butter sole curves over the toe and up the heel, which creates a lithe appearance. The shoe’s silhouette is classic and simple, but the interesting sole and understated logo give it a unique grace, making “Flow” a fitting name for the pair.
Flow Runner in lambskin and calfskin in Soft White, P47,500, LOEWE
8. Balenciaga Triple S
Balenciaga’s sneaker offerings are often funky and quite campy. If you are into their quirky aesthetic, you may want to try the Triple S sneakers in a nude shade, which keeps it versatile and easy to style. The transparent bubble sole is a total eye catcher, making this piece a solid fashion shoe to be whipped out for bold ensembles. It is a categorically a chunky sneaker, but the tactical curves, cutouts, and panels create mesmerizing dimension.
Triple S Clear Sole Sneakers Nude, £799, (approximately P54,314), BALENCIAGA
9. Tory Burch Tory Sneaker
Blue and brown form a classy tandem, making this pair a stylish yet casual pick. It's more affordable than the other sneakers on this list, but this Tory Burch offering is just as chic. The slightly pointed toe makes this a feminine shoe that merges the functionality of a sneaker with the ease and dainty shape of a ballet flat.
Tory Sneaker New Ivory/Bellflower Blue/Sella, $228, (approximately P10,944), TORY BURCH
10. Prada Gabardine Sneaker
Anyone who's infatuted with Prada's obiquitous Monolith boots will appreciate its sister shoe–the Gabardine. The lace-up pair shares the same mean motorcross tire sole that adds height and bite to an otherwise simple white shoe. The black triangular Prada logo is also a standout feature. This pair is definitely a must-have!
Nylon gabardine sneakers in white/black, £650, (approximately P44,297) PRADA
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