The humble sneaker has slowly but surely become one of the most versatile pieces of footwear. Traditionally reserved for sport, it now finds itself heralded as a contemporary fashion must-have that can be worn with casual staples or even paired with a relaxed suit.

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Steve McQueen owning the sneaker look

Our selection of sneakers incorporate everything that’s right about a contemporary sneaker and how it can be worn effectively as a killer addition to casual attire or as an edgy addition to soft tailoring. As denim has become more and more accepted as a form of smart attire (a nice dark raw denim is best), why not pair it with a smart pair of sneakers to finish off the look.

C.QP Racquet Sneakers

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The Racquet is C.QP’s signature low-top sneaker made with extremely soft Italian leather uppers offering premium comfort. With a refined shape combined with understated detailing, including a clean suede heel tab, this is a modern classic in the making. Perfect with a pair of navy chinos or your choice of denim.

£240 at C.QP

Common Projects Original Achilles Leather Sneakers

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Common Projects’ ‘Original Achilles’ sneakers are almost a cult sneaker boasting a minimalist design and first class construction. The white version is perfect for summer, city-smart looks. Wear this pair with shorts and a Sunspel t-shirt for effortlessly understated style.

£375 at MR PORTER

North-89 No.1 Napa Sneakers

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North-89’s staple model the No—1, Napa is made of butter soft Italian Napa Batida leather and sits on a thinner Italian margom cup sole for a lighter feel in white to give it a clean and simple look. White waxed cotton laces and white calfskin lining enhance a clean, simple and sophisticated aesthetic.

£174 at NORTH-89