The sneaker market is dominated by the big names we all know and love – Nike, Adidas, Puma, and the rest. There’s little room for new brands to make an impact on the scene, however we’ve made a definitive list of the best underground brands that you should know about.
Believe it or not, there are actually a whole lot of relatively unknown footwear brands out there. Some of them are also putting out some pretty great silhouettes, they’re just not getting the recognition they deserve. We’ve compiled this list to bring some of the best brands to light, and showcase their creations. You never know, you may set eyes on a pair from this list and end up wanting them.
Buy At: Eytys
If you’re a fan of chunky soled dad-sneakers (very on trend at the moment), then Eytys might be the brand for you. They’ve been producing quality sneakers and apparel since 2003, and have collaborated with some big names along the way. The most notable of these being their collaboration with SBE, or Sad Boys Enterprises for those who don’t know – a collective involving prolific rapper Yung Lean. If you’re looking for a new pair of everyday footwear, check out their website for a plethora of options.
Buy At: Novesta
Novesta bring us simple and clean plimsoll style silhouettes, as well as modern looking runner models. They’ve been producing the best footwear in Slovakia and have been going since 1939. Recently the brand have gained more attention, and many people are now choosing Novesta instead of the typical Converse or Vans. A collaboration with the legendary Comme Des Garçons fashion house also launched earlier this year, bringing more of the spotlight onto the brand.
Buy At: Veja
Veja footwear are huge advocates of environmentally friendly products, and they reflect this in the sneakers that they create – everything they make is totally eco-friendly. As well as this, they’re also very on-trend sneakers, and make a solid rival for brands such as New Balance or even Nike. If you’re looking for a sneaker that no-one else has, check out the vast selection available on Veja’s webstore.
Buy At: Casbia
After their recent collaboration with Champion, Casbia have shot into the limelight as a footwear brand. They’re predominately a luxury brand, and their footwear certainly isn’t cheap – but as we all know, you get what you pay for. A lot of their silhouettes are mod-top, boot like styles, which when paired with a pair of cargo pants or stylish tracksuit bottoms, can make for an awesome look.
1. Axel Arigato
Buy At: Axel Arigato
With their flagship store in Soho, London, Axel Arigato are quickly become a challenge to the big names when it comes to luxury sneakers. Forget your Common Projects, this Swedish brand are pushing the boat out when it comes to quality and presentation. They offer a multitude of different silhouettes, however all remain understated, simple, yet clean. Many big names in the fashion world have been spotted wearing Arigato’s creations, and the brand is also stocked in various high-end shopping destinations around the world.
On That Note
If you’re on the hunt for a new pair of sneakers to add to your rotation, why not check out one of the brands we’ve featured here? Whether you’ve got a small or large budget, we’ve included options for everyone. Rather than rocking a well known brand and having the same pair as everyone else, stand out from the crowd a little and go for something a bit different – you’ll be surprised how many people ask you where you got your sneakers.
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