Since the early 2000’s, sneaker culture has been dominated by bold colourways and expressive texture palettes. There are endless colour combinations that reference anything and everything from sports to food to art, and more, however in recent memory, there seems to be one trend dominating the market — being neutral. Well-executed neutral sneakers have been around for a while, the classic New Balance 990 series immediately comes to mind as a perfect example as it utilizes different materials and hues of grey tones to achieve a subtle and sophisticated aesthetic. Montreal-based creative studio JJJJound has also been a strong driver of this phenomenon as many of their collaborative products are executed with neutral tones and has become a signature look for the brand. Though trends come and go, this one is likely to stay for a while as neutral-toned products in general are easier to pair with daily outfits and have an endless array of existing silhouettes to bless.
We’ve put together a list of over 200 neutral-toned footwear styles that we currently have in stock. Here are a few of our top picks:
1 - New Balance 9060 Black Castlerock Grey
New Balance has been pumping out winners in the neutral-toned category, and the Castlerock Grey rendition of the 9060 style does not miss. The upper consists of cool, dark greys with black suede and leather as well as hits of contrasting mesh and reflective paneling throughout. The modern stylized sole unit offers some balance, utilizing warmer touches that give the shoe an instant classic feel that brand is known for. That being said, the Castlerock 9060 will pair easily with military, gorpcore, and workwear inspired outfits.
2 - Nike Air Trainer 1 SP Travis Scott Wheat
The Nike Air Trainer was created in 1987 by none other than Tinker Hatfield and has become a cult classic for its impressive original design and its use in mainstream sports and recreation. Reimagined through Travis Scott’s discerning lens, the Air Trainer boasts complimentary mauve and brown tones atop a rugged texture play that give it a vintage hiking feel. Further curation is seen through ‘Cactus Corporation’ branding, a zipper stash pocket, and most striking, a snap-removable gaiter that offers a unique utilitarian style. Overall, this unique model effortlessly bridges retro and contemporary influences.
3 - Jordan 1 Retro High OG A Ma Maniére
Leading American boutique retailer A Ma Maniére shows off an elegant and understated rendition of the classic Jordan 1 silhouette. Instead of a buzzworthy colour play, the design opts to highlight pinnacle materials and textures through its use of finely cracked leather and an alluring snakeskin paneling. The off white body offers the perfect foundation for the contrasting bordeaux hits that elevate the basketball sneaker in harmony with the street-smart luxury status of the Atlanta based shop. For those looking to elevate their Jordan rotation, this is the one.