No matter your style, the one staple sneaker that everyone must have in their collection is a minimalist sneaker. These are typically simple or basic in appearance, normally one solid color, and can be worn with just about anything in your wardrobe. But, don’t let words like simple or basic fool you. These types of sneakers allow you to wear more complex tops and bottoms to compliment and balance your look. This trend in simplicity has really taken off over the past several years with many established high-fashion brands and newcomers giving us their interpretation of minimalist. Everyone seems to agree that “minimalist” is derived from the concepts of sleek design, high-quality leather, canvas, or suede, low or high-top, a touch of personality, and versatility. Here are the five sneakers that we think embody those concepts.
For a very affordable price of $135, the Frank + Oak Park Leather Low-Top Sneaker is the perfect pair of white kicks for any minimalist. With its sleek and pearly-white, premium leather and basic design, this is pretty much the most versatile sneaker on this list. You can wear these with jeans, joggers, chinos, or even a suit (minus the tie) with no-show socks for a stylish business-casual look. The Park Leather Low-Top features a soft leather construction for a more sophisticated look and a thick rubber cup sole to take on the wear and tear of all your urban adventures.
It feels like whatever Mr. West, more commonly known as Kanye, slips on his feet turns to pure gold. Whether it’s his signature Yeezy Boosts, Chelsea boots, or the Triple White adidas Ultra Boost, if Kanye is wearing it, everyone wants it. These sneakers flew off the shelves faster than Adidas could restock them, but while they’re a tough pair to track down, they’re definitely worth the search and price. While, these may not be a pure minimalist style, they are certainly deserving of a spot in your footwear arsenal. The Triple White adidas Ultra Boost is designed with a white monochrome color palate and the signature three stripes on the side. “Ultra Boost” near the back heel and “adidas” on the tongue are gold plated to give the sneaker a sense of luxury and style. White and gold seems to be a trendy, fashionable pairing as you’ll see later in our rundown.
GREATS is a Brooklyn-based brand that has really taken the industry by storm in the past few years. Their focus is to make the best sneakers by using high quality materials, but also making GREATS more affordable to everyone. A “great” way to describe GREATS would be to call them the luxury sneaker without the luxury price. The Royale is given its name simply because – it rules. The Royale, just like every style from GREATS, is handmade in Italy with premium Italian materials like full grain leather. Their clean, white design on the exterior, accented by the GREATS logo on the tongue and back tab, makes the Royale a solid addition to any minimalists’ shoe game. These are also a versatile pair that can be worn with just about any pair of pants, chinos, or denim.
Stan Smith isn’t just a hell of a tennis player. He’s also known as the guy whose face is imprinted on the tongue of every pair of adidas’ Stan Smith sneakers. Here’s an interesting fact – Did you know that according to adidas’ 2014 Annual Report it was revealed that 40 million pairs of the Stan Smith had been sold since it made its debut on the market in 1973? That makes this vintage tennis sneaker the most popular piece of footwear that adidas has ever sold. Now that is impressive. Since its debut, Adidas has experimented with the Stan Smith by using many different color schemes and collaborating with fashion designers like Raf Simons, but we believe adidas’ struck gold with their new Gold Leaf edition of the Stan Smith sneaker. It’s simple, but with minimalist gold accents on the tongue, back tab, and imprinting on the side, it makes this twist on the Stan Smith a must-have for any sneaker junkie.
Common Projects is world-renowned for their minimalist sneakers, and there is probably no style more popular than their Original White Achilles Low. They feature a clean, sleek exterior with premium leather and a touch of gold stamped on the back heel with numbers that represent the style number, European size, and color. Common Projects’ classic and timeless approach to footwear design has helped them become the holy grail of high-fashion sneakers. With a price point of $415, they might seem too expensive. But, if you buy a pair of the Original White Achilles Low, you’ll never have to buy a pair of basic trainers again because this style is never going out of style.