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Sneaker Series: Contemporary Trainers

Sneaker Series: Contemporary Trainers

Jonathan Sawyer, sneaker afficionado and Highsnobiety insider, talks us through how to go about choosing your next pair of big investment trainers.

Ask virtually any fashion-aware individual what they notice first about a person's outfit, and the majority of the time they'll tell you footwear. In essence, whatever you have on your feet is pretty much the centre-piece of your ensemble. Now that doesn't mean that your shoes must be the most expensive item you’re wearing, but they should, of course, be chosen carefully.

We're not here to tell you that your kicks should always look out-of-the-box-new because you never wear them. After all, shoes are meant to be worn, not sit around collecting dust on a shelf. But please, take some time to perform a little upkeep every now and then.

In terms of contemporary, luxury sneakers, first things first; comfort is a must. It's very easy to tell when an individual is agitated by an article of clothing they're wearing, and that applies to shoes more than anything. If they’re uncomfortable, it’ll be written all over your face. For this, you'll want to look for something that is lightweight and breathable, with ample cushioning in the sole unit, á la Mercer's Waverly Mesh Trainers. This particular low-top silhouette boasts a mesh upper with premium ventilation, suede side panels for added support, and a thick rubber sole, awarding enhanced comfort with each stride.

Next, the ideal contemporary sneaker is versatile, capable of being dressed up or down for various occasions. Think of EQT Amsterdam and their myriad range of trainers. Heading out for a quick bite with friends at your favourite pizza place? You can pair them with denim, track pants, or even shorts and embody casual cool. Needing something for a more formal occasion? Go with the Low 1 Trainers, matched with slacks or a complete suit. Either way, you're good to go.

When choosing a pair of go-to luxury kicks, quality is also imperative. They are categorized as ‘luxury’ for a reason, so you'll want to get your money's worth. Take, for example, Android Homme. Not only does the footwear label pay serious attention to detail and fabrication, but you also get a look that is decidedly high fashion. Designed in Los Angeles and made in Italy, you’re guaranteed the best in cutting edge design and traditional manufacture. With a brand this forward-looking, sneakers are a great way to show the world that you're ahead of the curve when it comes to what's next in the ever-evolving world of fashion.

Lastly, go with sneakers that are effortless in terms of design and aesthetic. What we mean by this is, you don't want your most regularly worn footwear to be too busy or complicated. Whilst there’s a time and a place for bold colours and prints, it can sometimes be too much. You want sneakers that will compliment your wardrobe, not dominate or dictate what you have to wear with them. Keep it contemporary and refined with Amsterdam-based outfit Filling Pieces. They offer up a slew of options on the monochromatic colour scale, with an array of luxury materials that add some interest whilst allowing for easy matching.

As you can see, these are just a few things to keep in mind when shopping for that perfect, contemporary, luxury sneaker. Like with anything else fashion-related, have fun with it, wear what you actually like, be confident in what you have on, and you’ll be fine.

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