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The best shoe brands. Nike is the world’s largest supplier of sneakers and dominates the serious trainers and casual classics markets. Surprisingly, it was only founded in 1964 (as Blue Ribbon Sports) and was named Nike Inc in 1971. But since then it’s created some of the most iconic trainers on the planet, from the preppy Cortez (which was popular in the 1970s) to Air Jordans, Air Force 1’s and Air Max running shoes in the 80s, which set the scene for more 1990s icons such as 95s and 97s, which are having a major fashion moment at the moment. The new Tekno Mk2 design is also popular, not to mention the Flyknit finish on its more serious running shoes. In My opinion one the best shoe brands.


German sports giant Adidas has been producing top-notch trainers sporting its iconic three parallel stripes (or bars) since 1949. While Falcons are seriously popular at the moment, the Stan Smith is one of its most iconic. It first made its debut in 1971 and was a hot favourite a couple of years ago. But they are still a minimalist classic, alongside the ever-popular Superstars, which were famously a hit with Run DMC in the 1980s. But you don’t have to wear bling with yours. The best shoe brands.

Common Projects

A newcomer to the trainer market, Common Projects was only founded in 2004, by an art director and creative consultant. But its Achilles shoe has made a big impact in the fashion world, as one of the more minimalist designs of choice. All the brand’s shoes are hand-stitched in Italy, often using Nappa leather and feature a line of numbers along the heel, displaying the style, the size and colour.


If you’ve ditched dairy, eschew meat and try to live a more environmentally friendly life, you’ll have heard of Veja trainers. Since 2003, the French firm has been making shoes with a conscience. From making sure rubber tappers in the Amazon are well looked after to vetting the supply chain of materials used and choosing ‘ecological leather’ over the usual chemical-tanned stuff, they are the footwear of choice for trendy eco-warriors.


Whether you can skateboard or not, you’ve probably rocked a pair of Vans. The brand has always been cool, opening its first store in 1966 and getting its skateboard logo in the 70s (penned by a rad 13-year-old no less).  Now its classic styles are super cool again, and handily come in leather for autumn. And you might be able to bag a piece of a limited-edition collaboration with another brand, movie franchise or artist. So, whether you opt for easy-to-wear black, flexible neutrals or an eye-catching design from an urban artist, there’s something for everyone.

New Balance

While the brand fell out vogue, it made a triumphant return when everyone went nuts for minimalism, and its iconic kicks are still popular, mainly because they go with everything and come in a kaleidoscope of colours. The company describes its shoes as ‘the perfect blend of function and fashion’ and they are super comfortable – and affordable too. Plus, for those worried about their carbon footprint and causing harm with their fashion choices, New Balance is big on reducing waste, using more sustainable materials and looking after its employees, which is a step forward.

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