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Your New Sneakers For Summer

The stylish sporting shoes sure to see you through the rest of the season

Hopefully, at this point, we don’t have to sway you on the pleasures of sneakers. In fact, at MR PORTER, it feels as though demand for sneakers – from purely functional to extravagant designer variations – has reached fever pitch. And that’s a good thing. Because with increased demand comes spectacular supply. This summer in particular, designers are going out of their way to supply sneaker fans with options – from trim and neat (Vans, such as the slip-ons above, are really feeling the love right now) to extravagant, oversized and, yes, what you might call “ugly”, in a pleasing way. Lost in the sea of choice? Then allow us to pick out some key summer styles.


Leather And Suede Sneakers

Gucci’s creative director Mr Alessandro Michele references everything from exotic chinoiserie, 1990’s hip-hop and Britpop to 1970s sportswear in his kaleidoscopic universe. And yet, it’s this ability to distil all of these seemingly schizophrenic references into something coveted and desirable that has made him one of fashion’s current leaders. Only Mr Michele would reinvent a pair of 1970s basketball sneakers in pink leather and oatmeal suede, and emboss them with two buzzing bees, to create a plush take on a classic court shoe. Wear them with a pair of tailored trousers in a Mr Wes Anderson-hued blue for a retro off-duty look.

adidas Originals

80s Continental Leather Sneakers

Nailing a modern take on an old-school shoe is adidas’ forte and this shoe is no exception. The sportwear giant has delved into its archives yet again to bring back its iconic Continental sneakers. The original was first released in the late 1980s as a tennis court shoe, but this latest iteration gets a luxe update in soft cream leather and features trefoil branding on the tongue and heel as well as subtle perforations along the toe vamp and sides. Wear it with varsity striped socks and tapered black shorts in homage to tennis greats Messrs Björn Borg and John McEnroe.

Maison Margiela

Replica Suede And Leather Sneakers

In the 1970s, the German Army commissioned sportswear giants adidas and Puma to create a practical shoe for the German armed forces. The result was the German Army Trainer – colloquially known at the “GAT” – which successfully managed to merge practicality and performance with modern-day design. Since then, its silhouette has served as the basis for countless other sneakers, including the many iterations of Maison Margiela’s renowned Replica sneaker. This luxury update in leather and suede manages to tow the line between smart and casual. Wear them with a pair of light-wash jeans such as these by AMI, which are cropped just above the ankle, so you can show them off to full advantage.

Common Projects

Cap-Toe Canvas And Nubuck Sneakers

One of the most familiar sights in the MR PORTER office is the unmistakable white flash of leather Common Projects Original Achilles sneaker. At any time, about 40 per cent of the staff in the office will be wearing a pair. Are we all part of some weird white-sneaker cult? Boringly, no. In fact, the popularity of the Achilles is probably down to minimalist design, a smart, streamlined shape and, ultimately, comfort. It’s a philosophy that extends to the rest of the Common Projects range, so if you’re ready to graduate from your regular Achilles, why not try this latest model? Styled after skate shoes, this low-top pair has been made in Italy from durable canvas and nubuck, and set on thick rubber soles. Offset the safari-green hue with a pair of stonewash jeans for a smart, off-duty look.


+ atmos Air Max 1 Premium Retro Suede, Nubuck And Mesh Sneakers

The rich brown colourway may be known as “dark curry”, but you probably wouldn’t want to get madras sauce and a bottle of Cobra beer anywhere near these iconic kicks. Based on the original iteration of Nike’s legendary Air Max – which, along with its visible air unit, sprang into being in 1987 – this reissue has been designed in conjunction with Tokyo streetwear boutique atmos. Reimagined in suede, nubuck mesh, the shoe first surfaced in this autumnal tone back in 2003, making this its 15th anniversary – and a timely bounce back. Worn here with white socks of an athletic nature and straight-cut khaki drawstring trousers that similarly look ready for action, this is a classic running shoe that will move fast. Get them quick before they balti. (Sorry.)

Raf Simons

+ adidas Originals Replicant Ozweego Sneakers

Mr Raf Simons is widely regarded as the forefather of today’s ugly fashion sneaker (a trend that, whatever you think of it, is pretty difficult to ignore in 2018). His early collaborations with adidas and the gnarly Ozweego running sneaker date back to 2013 – way before Vetements was redesigning the Reebok Instapump Fury and Balenciaga was putting the finishing touches to its Triple S sneakers. This season, the avant-garde designer has reworked the original adidas Ozweego (for the fourth time, no less) to create this sci-fi-esque Replicant version with cut-out detailing. Wear them with a pair of tailored trousers to balance out the turbo charge.


Triple S Mesh, Suede And Leather Sneakers

Ugly sneakers have personality – they’re not for wallflowers, and nor do they take themselves seriously. They’re a bold look that filters out the weak from the willing. Consider the ugly sneaker as an exciting splash of bad taste – and these, the Triple S by Balenciaga, are a bona fide holy grail. Their panelled mesh and leather upper combined with that preposterous triple-welted sole (hence the name) have made them one of the most covetable sneakers in the fashion world at the moment. Wear them with a pair of wide-leg trousers or track pants to balance out their giant proportions.


Match Race Panelled Rubber, Mesh And Leather Sneakers

Ms Miuccia Prada was an early adopter of the athleisure trend, and has championed the sports-inspired fashion sneaker since Prada’s PS0906 shoe first appeared during the label’s 1996 menswear collection. Her storied brand’s latest offering, the Match Race, merges the F1 racing shoe and the more traditional high-tech runner. A$AP Rocky was recently spotted in a pair, which means it’s already got the approval of one of the world’s most stylish men. Wear yours with these side-stripe trousers by Calvin Klein 205W39NYC.


Leather-Trimmed Suede Sneakers

As office dress codes continue to evolve, sneakers such as Tom Ford’s slick leather-trimmed suede sneakers have become an option for both casual and tailored looks. Made in Italy from navy suede and subtle pinked leather side stripes and metal eyelets for breathability, they’ll go with everything from tailored trousers (such as these by Gucci, in more corporate environments) to chino shorts on the weekend.