No matter your style, the one staple piece of footwear 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 because these kicks are anything but ordinary.
Designed to be sleek and trendy, the perfect minimalist shoe is crafted from high-quality materials that compliment bold colors and patterns. Worn correctly, they’ll amp up an adventurous ensemble and add a dash of class to a more casual get-up.
To get you started, we’ve assembled some of our favorite minimalist sneakers below.
Frank + Oak – $135
The Frank + Oak Park Leather Low-Top Sneaker is the perfect pair of white kicks for any minimalist. With a streamlined design executed with pearly-white premium leather, this low-top is easily the most versatile sneaker on our 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.
Common Projects – $400
The Original Achilles Leather High-Top sneakers from Common Projects offer an edgy take on the minimalist aesthetic. These sleek shoes are guaranteed to add a dash of fashion to any ensemble, whether it be a button down paired with slim-cut jeans or even a tailored suit. Plus, they’re constructed with white nappa leather, an easy material to clean.
GREATS – $159
GREATS is a Brooklyn-based brand that has really taken the industry by storm in the past few years. The Royale is given its name for one simple reason: it rules. Just like every style from GREATS, the shoe is handmade with premium Italian materials like full grain leather. The clean, white design makes the Royale a solid addition to any minimalists’ shoe collection.
adidas – $80
The reissued Adidas Superstar puts a modern spin on a minimalist classic, swapping out the original exterior material of its predecessor for full grain leather and a soft textile lining. The all-white shoe is ideal for any casual situation, from running errands around town to meeting a friend for lunch.
DC’s Astor shoe is a simple, no-fuss sneaker for the guy with an active lifestyle. Originally made for skateboarders, these shoes provide excellent comfort with shock absorption thanks to DC’s signature impact technology. Paired with shorts or a loose-fitting jean, these sneakers are sure to elevate any casual outfit into something stylish and fashion-forward.