There is change afoot in the world of sneakers, with an increasing number of sneaker brands shifting their mindsets and jumping on the sustainability bandwagon. However, one label that was championing sustainability long before it was trendy is CLAE. The footwear brand was founded in Los Angeles in 2001 out of a need for a new type of sneaker — one that bridges the gap between work and play and day and night, prioritising ultimate versatility to suit the demands of modern life, all while committing to minimising its footprint on the environment.

Just like the city it was born in, CLAE is imbued with dynamism. The brand is constantly evolving, exploring the growing capabilities of various materials and manufacturing techniques. The same workshop has been responsible for ethically producing CLAE's sneakers since day one, working with only the finest materials. Premium quality Nappa and nubuck leathers from certified Italian tanneries are used across styles such as the Bradley California high top sneakers and the sporty Edwin, while eco-friendly recycled materials and vegan leathers are used for styles like the Runyon, a vintage-inspired sneaker with a decidedly contemporary edge.

In an effort to buck trends, CLAE's sneaker offering is characterised by a refined minimalist aesthetic that stands the test of time. This is footwear that is designed to take its wearer effortlessly from the office to after-work drinks or everyday errands to dinner at a swish restaurant — footwear that will transcend seasons and look good year-round. Pair your CLAE sneakers with anything from formal tailoring to a casual everyday uniform of jeans or sweatpants.

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