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The Coolest Underrated Sneakers You Can Grab Now

Thu 07 Dec 23

Let’s face it- navigating through sneaker hype can be overwhelming. Sure, snagging the latest collaboration is cool, but waiting lists and endless internet scavenger hunts? Not so much.

We get that some releases just need to be copped, but there are plenty of formidable products that get swept under the rug amid the chaos of the sneaker cycle. If you’re looking for your next go-to sneaker without all the fuss, then we’ve got your back. Check out these underrated gems that you can find available to buy now, without breaking the bank.

Osiris D3 2001

A single shoe of the Osiris D3 skate shoe in Black/Grey

Picture a tank crossed with a shoe, and you get the Osiris D3, a top selling skate shoe from 1999, the golden era of skate culture. This chunky beast boasts a distinctive design that merges streetwear with robust functionality.

Fit with a well-cushioned interior and padded tongue for comfort, mesh panelling allows for breathability through the thick structure. Faux-leather side overlays not only contribute to its unique aesthetic but also double as eyelets for the laces.

The soles boast visible chambers like the Nike Air Maxes, but this anti-impact system uses helium. With its undeniable retro charm and performance features, these sneakers offer an authentic streetwear throwback. Plus, you don’t have to worry about them being sold out all the time.

Axel Arigato Dice Lo

A single Axel Arigato Dice Lo sneaker in a white and green colourway

Having grown big on social media for understated but stylish sneakers, Axel Arigato’s higher price points are reflected in the brand’s commitment to quality materials and ethical craftsmanship.

All its sneakers make a solid choice, but the Dice Lo's happen to also share some resemblance to a very hyped shoe, the `Nike Dunk lows’. What sets them apart beyond their effortlessly cool exterior are the sustainable choices made in their construction. 

They are handcrafted from recycled polyester, LWG-certified suede and leather, and the branded soles are made using partly recycled rubber. Look closer and you’ll notice a vintage effect on the white leather, which transforms with wear. These are a fresh option for those of you that value both style and substance.

Nike Air Max TW

A single Air Max TW in a Grey & Black colourway

I had to include a Nike trainer in the list, and these retro kicks haven’t received as much attention as they deserve.

A fusion of the ‘90s look and modern performance technology, these sneakers pay homage to Nike’s Air Max history. The iconic Air unit with visible windows on the sole is a major throwback and creates a bouncy and comfortable feel with each step.

The breathable engineered upper has angular style lines in a contrasting colour to the base, creating an appealing look with some modern edge.

Loosely inspired by the Nike tailwind 79’ and the Air Max Plus, the Air Max TW integrates the reliable comfort of a performance running shoe with a stylish design. If you’re a sucker for nostalgic kicks, these totally capture the spirit of the 90s.

Onitsuka Tiger GSM 

A single Onitsuka Tiger GSM sneaker in white

Onitsuka Tiger is a Japanese vintage sports brand that loves to rediscover archival pieces from between 1949 and 1990.

Short for Game, Set, Match, the Onitsuka Tiger GSM encapsulates the charm of a vintage tennis shoe and brings it to your everyday wear.

The shoe's classic midsole silhouette and soft suede overlays are call backs to its tennis roots, but they have a classic appeal that transcends trends. Serve up some sporty vibes with this understated heritage shoe.

New Balance RC30 

A single New Balance RC30 in an off white colourway with green detail

This unisex sneaker channels the chic styles of 70s running shoes while seamlessly adding a contemporary twist through the sculptural rubber sole.

If you're a fan of the iconic '327' design, or, if you’re looking for an alternative the Adidas Samba, these will make a great addition to your collection.

Panelled from leather and suede and available in neutral colourways as well as blue and grey, you can rely on New Balance’s reputation for comfort and quality materials. 

Adidas Originals Centennial 85 High 

A single Adidas Centennial 85 High Trainer in a Crystal White/Brown colourway

The list wouldn’t be completed without a high-top option, and before settling with Air Jordan 1s again, take a gander at these beauties.

Crafted from a rich suede and nubuck upper with quilted details on the heel collar, these sneakers exude premium quality.

The basketball silhouette is unmistakable, and the Adidas DNA is carried throughout the shoe by the iconic 3 stripes design and adidas Trefoil.

These deliver on streetwear style, have some dope colourways, and just look like smooth, high-quality sneakers. There’s also a low version if that’s more you’re thing.

Why get Air Force 1s like everybody else when you can try something different? Step out of the mainstream and into our sneaker picks. And if these didn’t quite cut it for you, there are plenty more great deals to browse through on our website.

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