Is there any real point in owning actual, proper shoes right now? Self isolation has almost made them redundant, but sneakers on the other hand we want more than ever.
Comfortable for both around the house and on a daily walk, they’re perhaps the only footwear you need right now. As part of a new series, we’ll be highlighting the best trainers you can buy, from minimal styles to throwback tennis-inspired designs.
This week, the ETQ LT 04 Off-Court takes the win, but we’ve got a bunch of runners up for you to check out also. Here are our sneakers of the week.
ETQ LT 04 Off-Court
Taking inspiration from vintage tennis sneakers, the ETQ LT 04 Off-Court boasts a classic design that’s been updated with a chunkier-than-usual sole, as well as subtle padding around the ankle for added comfort. Made in Portugal from white vegetable-tanned leather and with a contrasting off-white sole and green panel to the rear, this is an easy to wear style that’ll combine well with loungewear and denim alike.
Oliver Cabell Low 1
Perhaps the ultimate minimal sneaker, the Oliver Cabell Low 1 comes in classic white and black, but this nude version makes it a real point of difference. Made from Italian full grain calfskin leather, this pair has been hand-stitched and lasted in Spain and represents excellent value for money when compared to other similar brands.
Saye Modelo ’89 Garnet
Saye prides itself on planting two trees for every pair of its sneakers that sells. Which is just another reason to invest in its Modelo ’89 sneakers, which clearly reference classic tennis shoes of the 1980s with its colourful stripe, off-white sole and sporty silhouette.
Nike Air Tailwind 79
While a little hard to believe, this is actually the sneaker that debuted Nike’s patented Air technology. The Air Tailwind ’79 takes is a like-for-like replica of the original running shoe it’s based on, which was introduced for the Honolulu Marathon in 1978. Today, it still harnesses Nike’s bouncy tech while imbuing a slice of throwback style that looks as good today as it did then.
Filling Pieces Low Fade Cosmo
A collaborative design with R&B duo Majid Jordan, this Filling Pieces trainer combines the finest nappa leather and suede with technical mesh and iridescent polymer panels. With design cues from classic hiking shoes and with a chunky white sole, it’ll pair well with luxury sportswear but can still smarten up with dark denim jeans and a bomber jacket.
For more on trainers, check out our feature on the most comfortable sneakers.