In a fashion era entrenched in the athleisure wave, sneakers are constantly saturating sartorial updates. They come adorned with loud logos, unconventional materials, neon accents, plastic fasteners, too bold colours and so much more. The laced up punches keep dropping on our social media feeds with every scroll, until even the most rabid sneakerhead gets a tad bit numb.

New shoe drops are beautiful, but they’re rarely the most appropriate for daily wear. There’s beauty in collecting sneakers, but if you’re just the average person who cares about how you look — and for whom comfort is essential — sneakers should be the default shoes you can slip on and still look fresh in. If you’re in this laid-back camp, then let us steer you towards the Axel Arigato Clean 90s for your latest sneaker buy. Perhaps it’ll be the last one you’ll need to make for awhile.

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Keep it clean.

Minimalism and fine craft govern Axel Arigato’s sneakers. The Clean 90 is the launchpad for the label’s so-cool-it-hurts cult status, and it’s pretty easy to see why. As a hybrid between a tennis and a skater sneaker, the Clean 90s are as beautifully simple as sneakers can get. There’s no loud label shouting, except for “Arigato” printed discreetly in gold next to the laces. Fine detail and materials govern the shoes’ appeal.

Made from smooth Italian leather and a rubber cup sole, the Clean 90s aren’t sneakers that’ll grab stares as you walk down the street, but any appreciating look you get will know they’re a top-of-the-line sneaker choice. The shoes are available in 12 different styles, from basic white leather, to suede, pony hair and python print, or even pastels. There’s definitely something for everyone.

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The Clean 90s in Lilac Leather.

This Swedish label also cares about the function these shoes are supposed to serve. All of them are fit with slightly higher heels, a cushioned footbed and arch support for maximum orthopaedic friendliness. You’ll never go wrong donning a pair, especially if you’ve got a taxing day ahead. Those who’ve been scouring for holy grail sneakers, the Clean 90s may be your answer.

Prices range from S$300 to S$420 for a pair, depending on material. Available at www.axelarigato.com. Click here for men’s, and here for women’s.

Beatrice Bowers
Features Editor
Beatrice Bowers writes about beauty, drinks, and other nice things. When not bound to her keyboard, she moonlights as a Niffler for novels and can be found en route to bankruptcy at your nearest bookstore. Don't tell her boss.