Sneakers, trainers, kicks, whatever you call them they are now a fashion staple and they’re here to stay. I was a late adopter of the sneaker culture but after walking around in my Supergo platforms, the equivalent to wearing two tiny mattresses on my feet, I was converted.
Now I’m encouraged to take it to the next level. That does not mean I’m going to plunk down 900 dollars for a pair of Valentino trainers. Why would I when there are so many super chic choices for around 200 dollars that look every bit as good?
Leave it to my brother blogger Eric Gaskins of Emperor’s Real Clothes to turn me on to the only high-class sneaker company you’ll ever need. Swedes, Albin Johansson and Max Svardh founded Axel Arigato in the summer of 2014 adding women’s in 2015. True sneaker enthusiasts, the duo have built their company bucking the system by disregarding seasons and adding new styles weekly. Mastering social media to spread the word the company has grown exponentially. The sophisticated design, fabrications and color range are what sold me. Here are my top picks but there is much more to ponder on the site.
I love this laceless style but can’t decide on what color though that oxblood is speaking to me!
All the above are handmade in Portugal of premium Italian leather. They arrive beautifully packaged with dustbag. Nice!