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Turning heads: 8 brands you need to know about if you’re searching for a statement sneaker

statement sneaker brands

We'll be the first to say, a classic white sneaker is a mainstay in everyone's closet. It's virtually impossible to get through life without a pair (or two). And while this staple will never go out of style, there are times when our outfits require a shoe that will elevate our look entirely. As many of us move towards more of a curated, capsule wardrobe, the case for the statement sneaker is proving stronger than ever, and there are a few key brands to look out for.


1. Balenciaga


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Although characteristically, Balenciaga sneakers are not everyones cup of tea, there's no doubting that if you're searching for a statement sneaker, you'll certainly be able to find one. The luxury House has become synonymous with bringing the avant-garde into their footwear creations. Chunky dad sneakers are a staple (who could forget the Triple S), and the brand certainly does not shy away from colour. One of Balenciaga's latest must-have statement sneakers are the Track 2.0 – definitely not for the faint hearted.


2. Adidas


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One of the reasons that Adidas is on our list of best statement sneaker brands is because of its ability to blend the brand's classic silhouettes with playful designs and creations. So, not only do you know that you're getting a well-crafted shoe, but also one that will turn heads in all the right ways. Adidas sneakers tend to be more casual leaning, meaning that you can pair a sneaker like the Forum Low in a more interesting colourway with a pair of jeans or slouchy trousers and be set for the day.


3. New Balance


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There's no doubting the popularity of New Balance sneakers right now. Not only will this sneaker brand make a statement because of its eye-catching designs, but some of their styles are so in demand, people will be wondering how you possibly got your hands on them. The 550 is obviously the style of the moment, but if you're wanting something a little more adventurous, try giving the 327 or 57/40 a go.


4. Converse


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Converse have come a long way since the traditional Chuck Taylor All Star, and the brand's latest sneaker designs definitely push the boundaries. The Run Star collection will certainly take your outfit to the next level; with its platform, ultra-modern detailed soul. If you're not quite ready to go that far, you can still stick to one of Converse's more traditional silhouettes but in a more interesting colourway. They also have several options with different prints if that is more your bag.


5. Nike


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Similarly to Adidas, Nike has always been in the game of making well-crafted sneakers. Even in the early days, the brand wasn't afraid to push the limits of both lifestyle and athletic footwear – and that same mindset continues today. Nike tends to come out with multiple iterations of the same sneakers, so if you have a style that you know works, you're almost certain to find it in a more interesting colour of design. Nike online also has a sneaky section called SNEAKRS Launch Calendar, where you'll be able to find all of the brand's hyped launches to come. Perfect if you're searching for statement sneakers you won't be able to find just anywhere.


6. Puma


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Puma has always been about colour, which is why naturally, they are one of the brands on our list when buying a statement sneaker. One of Puma's most popular sneakers of late has been the Mayze, and for good reason. The sneaker encapsulates the chunky sole trend that has taken over in recent years, while still keeping to the OG Puma style codes on top. Making enough of a statement without veering too far away from what the brand knows and does well.


7. Gucci


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Since Alessandro Michele took over as creative director of Gucci, the luxury House's footwear game has gone up a level – particularly in the sneaker department. The brand services all types of sneaker wearers, from classic tennis styles to the more eccentric basket sneaker and everything in between. Whether you're a fan of logomania, or prefer to express yourself through colour.


8. Off-White


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Off-White's Virgil Abloh essentially helped put street style on the map, so it's no surprise that the brand would be responsible for dishing out the best statement sneakers on the market. You can spot these sneakers from a mile away with their signature zip-tie signifier; and Abloh has never been one to shy away from colour. Cobalt blue, electric orange, fire-engine read – this is the statement sneaker to end all statement sneakers.


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