Sneakers, trainers, kicks -call them whatever you want but stemming from a background of sporting apparel for basketball players since Marquis Converse conceptualized it in 1917, they have indeed come a long way. Ditching their reputation of being a 12 year olds’ footwear and now that basketball shoes have reigned supreme in the basketball court, sneakers have finally found its calling. In mainstream, that is. These shoes have penetrated into all facets of life from everyday wear and tear to fashion statement. So if you’re looking to add another pair to your sneakers collection, we are at your service with the 5 chic sneakers of Autumn/Winter 2011.
1. Christian Louboutin Spacer Flat sneakers
Think Christian Louboutin and the mind goes to that signature glimpse of devil red soles that you get in a pair of heels that is of the fashion house’s creation. But, good news guys, Christian Louboutin is starting to expand its brilliance into mens footwear, starting with these sneakers. With straps and zippers details, these sneakers are truly the hottest pair that Autumn/Winter 2011 season has laid its eyes upon. In fact, there are plenty of great choices from the Christian Louboutin FW 2011 sneaker line like the Rantus Orlanto and Louis Flat collection.
Christian Louboutin Spacer Flat Sneakers
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2. Nike Air Ralston Mid Lite TZ
For those of you who wish for something with more of a simplified aesthetic that does not skimp on comfort and versatility, these Air Ralston Mid Lites from Nike Sportswear Fall 2011 collection are structured with you in mind. With a premium raw suede upper and Nike’s revolutionizing Air Unit in the sole, these sneakers with its up-to-date deconstructed flair are the epitome of timeless footwear appeal with a twist.
Nike Air Ralston Mid Lite TZ
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3. CLAE’s Mobley and Wilder
You may not have heard of CLAE but it’s about time you pay attention to this new kid on the sneakers block. This LA based brand of bold sneaks with its classic sensibility and notes of unexpected colour accents has even been named as one of GQ’s crucial kicks. The Mobley and Wilder are specifically mentioned in this article as CLAE’s latest offering for FW 2011 but do visit their website for a consistently strong lineup of impressive designs for all seasons such as the Khan, the Russell, the Strayhorn and the Ellington.
CLAE Right: Wilder, Left: Mobley
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4. Creative Recreation’s Cicero
Another sneaker brand featured on GQ’s compilation of crucial kicks is Creative Recreation. Their take on fall sneakers and the colour stories behind it will leave sneaker-heads spinning. Most notable out of Creative Recreation’s fall releases is the military inspired Cicero. Focusing on a sneaker that will help you brave the rapidly approaching cold, the creative minds at Creative Recreation came up with a leather laced up collection with removable snow cuffs.
Creative Recreation Cicero sneakers
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4. Missoni X Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
It would be wrong for us to talk about sneakers without paying tribute to the brand that started it all- all hail Converse! If you think the age old brand has been sitting comfortably on its reputation then you are clearly mistaken. With so many designer partnerships under its belt from Junya Watanabe to Schott NYC, Converse has been going non-stop at its revamp movement. One of the more successful collaboration is with the Italian fashion house Missoni. For this fall, they have done it again with what can only be described as space-dyed knit construction method on the classic Chuck Taylor.
Missoni X Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
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Ultimately, always look for good autumn/winter sneakers with good sole traction and insulation, water resistant that keep you comfortable with style.