What: The four-year-old Portugese footwear brand that reportedly makes every pair by hand.
Why buy them: The label’s sneakers can be customised with detachable fur appliques (over the part where your laces are). Shoes come in feminine hues of nudes and pinks, and style stars like Yoyo Cao has been spotted rocking a pair of them.
#2: Marcus Hanuy
What: The Berlin-based urban luxury brand which was founded last year by designer duo Herbie Gerzer and Jamie Kang.
Why buy them: The brand’s sleek and elegant high-tops come with gold or silver hardware that are interchangeable. How’s that for promoting individuality?
#3: Filling Pieces
What: The Amsterdam-based footwear label established in 2009 by designer Guillaume Philibert.
Why know them: The brand bridges the gap between streetwear and high fashion by using premium quality materials such as nappa leather and Italian suede, while keeping prices affordable. Shoes come with a slim silhouette for a modern, contemporary vibe, while the use of velcro straps give it a sporty appeal.
#4: Creative Recreation
What: The Los Angeles brand established in 2002 by Robert Nand and Richard Cofinco.
Why know them: The label’s signature offering, known as the hybrid shoe, combines the silhouette of a sporty sneaker with the sophistication of a dress shoe. The women’s collection mainly features muted hues and pillowy thick soles for additional comfort – perfect for everyday wear and sports-related activities.
#5: Axel Arigato
What: Set up just two years ago, the Swedish sneaker label has already earned a strong Instagram following of over 300 thousand fans.
Why know them: The brand’s a champion of minimalist aesthetics, and churns out shoes with clean lines in a variety of textures, from embossed leather to suede, and styles such as platform versions and zippered designs.
Main image: @axelarigato Instagram
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