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Sneakers July, 24 2013

Buyer’s Guide: Our 10 Favorite Minimalist Leather Sneakers

The sneaker game is without doubt an ever-spinning wheel that keeps spawning new kicks at a sheerly ridiculous rate, resulting in a perceived bazillion new funky Air Max 1 or Roshe Run colorways per day. As much as we like to feast our eyes on some fresh colorful kicks, we prefer to keep it simple at times, opting for a more scaled-back aesthetic without compromising a comfortable fit and feel. Therefore, we scoured the interwebs once again to round up our 10 favorite minimalist sneakers. See all of them after the jump.

 

Common Projects – Achilles High-Top

By now a definitive Common Projects classic, the Achilles high-top sneaker returns this summer wrapped in an immaculate white premium leather upper. Without doubt the perfect blend of form and function. Get them now at End Clothing.

 

Buttero – Tosch High-Top

Italy and minimalism? Buttero proves all those naysayers wrong. Fusing Italian craftsmanship with less-is-more aesthetics, Buttero sneakers are sprezzatura in its most minimal form. Get them now at SOTO.

 

FEIT – Hand-Sewn Low

FEIT proves even the Aussies have their minimalism game on lock. Using only the highest quality materials and an elaborate production method, these beauties are sure to please even the most discerning footwear connoisseur. Get them directly from the source.

 

Hender Scheme – Manual Industrial Products 01

Taking minimalism to a whole new level, Hender Scheme‘s Ryo Kashiwazaki recreated his favorite sneaker silhouettes, including such classics as the Vans Era or the above Nike Air Force 1 using only vegetable-dyed raw leather. These premium handmade sneakers will age beautifully over time, resulting in a unique patina. Get them now at HAVEN.

 

Acne – Adrian Low-Top Leather Sneakers

Scandinavian minimalism at its best, Acne‘s Adrian sneaker verifies the brand’s reputation as a reliable purveyor of no-bullshit staples. Get them now directly at Acne’s web shop.

 

Raf Simons – Black and Silver Reflective High-Tops

Raf Simons once again proves: less is more. This basic black high top sneaker comes with a premium black leather upper atop a vulcanized rubber sole, rounded off with a silver reflecting panel along the eyerows. You can cop a pair at SSENSE.

 

Haerfest – AE16 Leather Sneakers

Best known for their immaculate yet unassuming luggage collection, Haerfest have now successfully branched out into the world of footwear. Get the AE16 sneakers now at Opening Ceremony.

 

Rick Owens – Leather High-Top Sneaker

The Dark Lord of avant-garde fashion, Rick Owens, sends his very own take on the classic high-top sneaker to the forefront. Unlike the vast majority of his collection pieces – which at times seem rather inaccessible and wayward – these high-tops make for a versatile and day-to-day fit companion. Get them now at thecorner.com.

 

Maison Martin Margiela – Blue Replica Sneaker

The Replica – a simple no-frills sneaker silhouette originally designed for the German army – became an instant classic after Belgian designer Martin Margiela reappropriated it for his eponymous brand. Even now, years after its initial debut, the sneaker is a frequent sight in each and every of the brand’s collections. Get your pair now at oki-ni.

 

Vans – Leather Era Decon CA

Vans makes the list of our favorite minimalist sneakers with a premium leather rendition of their ever-popular Era silhouette. Get it directly from the brand’s web shop.

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