While your closet may be overflowing with sneakers, when it comes down to it, the pairs that see the most action are likely those clean, no-frills styles. That said, since you're slipping into these seasonless sets time and time again, they may be in need of a refresh. And, if you're in the market for a new simple and comfortable duo, you've come to the right place — minimalist sneaker brands from around the world have been rounded up for you to shop.
Forget having to comb the internet; ahead are classic sneakers that can be worn with everything from your favorite floral dresses and tailored trousers to a worn-in pair of jeans. Continue on for six brands serving up closet-complementing sneakers to shop, stat.
Launched in 2001, CLAE explains on its website that it was created to "modernize the classic silhouettes to fit today’s active lifestyle." The brand uses premium leathers and materials to create versatile shoes that don't sacrifice style or comfort. And while you can certainly go for a timeless white style, be sure not to miss its offering of streamlined silhouettes in poppy brights and pretty pastels — they're just as minimalist, but will add an unexpected pop to your outfit.
According to VEJA's website, the brand's goal is "to create sneakers that will stand the test of time" — and it clearly does so by keeping its styles simple and classic (with a just an understated "V" logo on the sides of its shoes). Additionally, the French footwear brand is committed to transparency, fair trade, and social and environmental responsibility.
Though the brand carries styles ranging from slip-ons to high-tops, you should begin your shopping by taking a look at its beloved classic canvas lace-ups, which come in a slew of colors. Better yet? They ring in for $65, so you might as well pick up one pair in a neutral hue and another in a more splashy color.
Founded in Sweden in 1891, Tretorn offers up a range of everyday silhouettes. But, if you're after simplicity, it'll likely be the iconic Nylite sneaker that catches your attention first. Of course, you can also opt for the "Bold" iteration of the popular style, which brings a more fashion-forward feel with its platform sole.
ETQ was founded in 2010 and has quickly gained popularity (the proof is in its growing following on Instagram). And, it's easy to see why — the Amsterdam-based brand presents a luxe-looking group of stylishly understated shoes in colors that'll go with just about anything.
Launched in 2014, Axel Arigato has become a favorite for fashion-savvy sneaker lovers. And though some styles are more statement-making, there are several sleek, streamlined pairs you can slip your feet into.