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.
Atom All-White from JAK – $173
Crafted from fine full-grain leather, these sleek kicks from JAK are sure to delight the bare bones minimalist in us all. A crisp white color is the perfect compliment to the summer sun and the shock absorbing insole combined with the calfskin leather lining makes for a shoe that’s as practical as it is stylish.
Adidas Ultraboost Laceless Sneakers – $200
It’d be hard to make a minimalist shoe roundup without giving a nod to adidas, especially when these lace-less beauties are on the line-up. The lace-free design not only creates a streamlined, modern aesthetic, but also imbues these running shoes with an unrestricted feel, making them a perfect pair for the guy who wants to look cool AF while working out.
Court Leather Sneakers from Common Projects – $410
While these tennis shoes are definitely on the pricier side, it’s more than worth it for the high-quality, supple, white leather used in their construction. As fantastic with a pair of cuffed jeans as they are with a pair of joggers, these pristine sneakers are sure to turn heads all season long.
Frank and Oak Canvas Shoes – $60
For something a little more low-key, look no further than these awesome kicks from Frank and Oak. Built with cotton canvas, these shoes are a great go-to for casual rooftop drinks or a nice leisurely Saturday walk through the city.
The Royale Knit from Greats – $99
If you’re in the market for a breathable shoe that’ll keep you cool throughout the dry months of July and August, consider snagging the Royale Knit sneakers from Greats. They’re lightweight and supremely comfortable while retaining a streamlined silhouette that’s as traditional as it is fashion-forward.
Original Hi-Top from House of Future – $130
Billed as a reinterpretation of the classic basketball hi-top, these sneakers from House of Future are a clean and cheeky take on the minimalist shoe. Outfitted with a micro-leather upper and rubber sole, they’re are also incredibly easy to clean, so you’ll be able to keep that bright sheen going for months to come.
Mobs Tread Low – $235
For a minimalist sneaker with an edge, check out these Tread Low kicks from Mobs. The classic low-top design is complimented both by a premium leather construction and a series of small perforations that trace the shoe’s curves. A rubber outsole helps bring some bounce to these bad boys and makes them an ideal companion for any warm weather day.
Article originally published August 17, 2016. Last updated May 14, 2018.