Gone are the days when sneakers were considered an item for the gyms and were considered a misfit for the formal events and social gatherings. Today, they look as elegant in a social gathering as the Oxfords. But choosing a right pair of sneakers demands a good investment of time and money since there are so many brands in the market to confuse you in making the right decision.
Some brands are known for their quality of material, while some have the funkiest styles. So there is a severe competition between style and functionality. To help you not make a wrong selection with a pair of sneakers just because it has custom patches (logos) of a particular brand, let us help you with this list of some of the best sneakers brands:
Vans has remained on top of the list of sneakers brands since 1966. The company is owned by the brother James Van Doren and Paul Van Doren. The brothers were once the employees at the Randy’s shoe making factory and then they quit their job to launch their own business. And as they say, the rest is history.
The company is known for its signature Old Skool, Authentic and Classic shoes that have remained the best-selling products of the brand since its inception. The sneakers by Vans are known for their simple design, durability and comfort. You can get a pair of sneakers from Vans at as low as $50.
The largest brand in the European region, Adidas is known for its high-end sneakers that look supercool and feel comfortable. The brand has been dominating the shoe making industry since 1924. Today, it is the first choice for many A-lister athletes and sportsmen including Lionel Messi, Kobe Bryant and James Harden.
The sneakerheads are a patron of the many staple products of this brand that include Rising Star, Micro Pacer and Boston Super. All of them are the best-selling shoes of this brand.
The company has some of the best-selling sneakers that are known for their lightweight, sturdiness and style. In 2015, the company launched Adidas NMD which got phenomenal popularity among the youth. Adidas is keeping up the technological advances in shoe making and this is what gives it an edge over its competitors.
One of the oldest shoe brands, Saucony was launched in 1898 in Pennsylvania by four businessmen. By the first half of the twentieth century, Saucony was listed among the leading shoe makers in the world. In 1979, two of the company’s shoes were listed among the best running shoes by Runner’s World Magazine and it significantly increased the growth of the company in the following years. Late 1980s saw the change in name of the company from Hyde Athletic Industries to Saucony.
Today, Saucony is ranked among the top-notch brands that excel in shoemaking business and sneakers are one of their staple products. Their shoes are popular for their traditional design, durability and shock-absorbing qualities.
Reebok was founded in 1958 as part of the business of J.W. Fosters and Sons which is an athletic shoe maker from England. It was later acquired by Adidas in 2005 and became the subsidiary of the Adidas Group. Reebok is known for its retro shoes that feature the classic design of the British origins.
The design of Reebok has remained the same since its inception in the shoemaking industry and it still makes more bucks in sales than its many competitors. The Classic, the Club and the Workout are some of the hottest products of this brand that are second to none than any sneakers in the business.
Puma shared a common business legacy with Adidas as the companies were once jointly owned by the Brothers Adolf Dassler and Rudolf Dassler. However, the latter split in 1948 to launch his own shoe brand namely Puma. Both the brands went toe-to-toe all these years and dominated the shoe industry in the world for more than seven decades.
While Adidas does take the lead in European market, Puma is a major influence in other regions of the world. Puma has topped in manufacturing the best sneakers since it entered the shoe market. The creative team for women’s shoes at the Puma is headed by none other than the diva Rihanna who supervised every aspect of these funky shoes for the ladies.
The Puma Suede Classic and Fenty Puma (conceived by Rihanna) are two of the staple products of this company. And you can get them at a price range between $50 and $100.
This Spanish brand has a reputation for making the exclusive sneakers that scale top on style, comfort and durability and it is evident in its price which is higher than its competitors. Balenciaga is particularly known for its range of chunky shoes that it named ‘Triple S.’
But before that, it has made the famous ‘Speed Sock’ shoes that skyrocketed the sales of the company. The sleek and minimalist design of the shoes made it a favorite of both the sportsmen and fashion enthusiasts.
However, the pricing can make you dig your pocket deeper as the company sells some of the most expensive shoes that cost as high as $850.
Gucci has been steadfast in its determination to make only the highest quality products for almost a century. It has made its presence even in the shoe making business with its high-end leather sneakers. The company makes the well-stitched and exquisitely designed sneakers that reflect the workmanship of this Italian brand. The brand makes use of the finest leather to manufacturer sneakers that look stylish, feel lightweight and endure the harshest conditions.
The Ace model of the brand has topped sales in recent years and earned positive reviews from fashion critics for its fabulous embroidered design which showed custom embroidered patches of imageries and comfort. However, the prices are understandably higher than other brands. But then we are talking about the Gucci!
Sneakers can really make you look fantastic. They look cool with any dress and adds a sense of casualness to your style.