Sneakers have never not been in, but when it comes to street style, we’re currently obsessing about minimalist designs in classic leather that would look just as good running for the bus or at an art gallery.
Our current favorite: New York-based brand Common Projects. The label was founded over a decade ago by Prathan Poopat, a former art director for V Magazine, and Flavio Girolami, who used to consult for Italian shoe manufacturers. Their aesthetic strips back sneakers to their elements, and keeps their comfy interior while focusing on a too-cool-for-school exterior that treads the line between streetwear and formalwear. Each of their shoes features branding that, when you recognize, you feel like you’re part of a club: a series of 10 numbers is stamped in gold on the heel, that corresponds to the style number, size and color of the shoe.
Minimalist style icon Fredrik Risvik loves sneakers so much he has a whole section on his site devoted to a selection of sleek leather ones from both Common Projects and Swedish arbiters of cool, Acne Studios.
If you prefer something in black, these high shine leather ones from Acne Studios are the stuff of dreams:
But we’re just as obsessed with these eco-friendly ones from Veja on Need Supply Co that are crafted
from recycled or naturally-sourced materials: