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4 of the Hottest Shoes, Part Two: Sneakers

Well, hello there. Did you land on our page because you’ve read part one of this series, 4 of the Hottest Shoes? If you did not, that story focused on luxury shoes. This is the second part of the series, featuring the fashionable, yet comfortable sneakers.

1. adidas Stan Smith

There is no doubt that Stan Smiths completely devoured the market for sneakers last year. It all started from Phoebe Philo, who walked out from backstage at the end of Céline’s Spring 2011 show. The rest as they say, is history. And we mean that quite literally. The current Stan Smiths are a reinvention of the older designs, tracing a history of at least 50 years. The pair also helped rekindle interest in adidas Originals.

Phoebe Philo, photo via W Magazine


Gigi Hadid, photo via Who What Wear


L-R: adidas Originals White & Green Stan Smith TrainersOriginals Stan Smith Bold Double Sole TrainersOriginals Superstar White & Black Rise Trainers 


2. Axel Arigato low sneaker

It was just last year that Axel Arigato started producing designs for female sneakerheads. Having only been in production for one year before that (est. 2014), the brand won fans over with its clean aesthetic, especially since all-white shoes left the tennis court, and out into the real world. The magic is in the details—things like embossed leather and calfskin lining don’t go unnoticed.




Zina Charkoplia


L-R: Axel Arigato Low sneakers in python embossed leather, calf hair leather, ostrich embossed leather 


3. Nike Roshe

The Nike Roshe's first function was as a sports shoe. Then the athleisure trend exploded and the pretty pair became suitable for other uses outside of the gym. The design of the Roshes fulfilled a gap between sports shoes and sneakers and made it multipurpose. Since then, the pair has been featured in more #OOTDs than they have been to exercise.


Izortze, Clochet


Twee Wu, Ezzentric Blog

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L-R: Nike Roshe Run Black Trainers, Roshe Platinum White Flyknit TrainersBlack Retro Roshe One Trainers 


4. Common Projects Achilles

Between affordable sneakers and luxury footwear was the sweet spot in which Common Projects flourished. Their products are minimalistic in design, with nothing but gold numbers on the outer face that tells the product and colour code, and size. This is the only form of branding for the shoes, and it worked for the brand. This could be how Common Projects was able to achieve a cult-like following—people liked owning an insider’s secret by wearing this mysterious brand.


Velda Tan


Natalie, photo via FOUREYES


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L-R: Common Projects Achilles leather low-top trainers in white, pink and silver


Featured photo: Model wears the nude suede platform sneaker, photo via Axel Arigato's Lookbook