Odds are you've got a pair or two of sneakers tucked away in your closet, emblazoned with the logos of heavy-hitters in the industry: Nike, Adidas, and maybe Puma's Fenty creepers, too. The giants of sneakerdom will always hold a place in our hearts, but that doesn't mean there isn't room for the little guys. In fact, there are some super-cool indie brands bringing major style to the game, and we're taking notice.
These seven brands each inhabit their own special niches, some sleek and minimalist, others retro-inspired, but they all share one major thing in common: They're inspiring us to shake up our sneaker game. Whether you're an athleisure devotee or you're just dabbling in the sportswear world, it's easy to find a place for these game changers in your shoe collection.
Read on for a look at the indie sneaker brands we're currently obsessing over, and shop picks from each!
Veja's sneakers don't just look cool, they come with a social message we can get behind too. The brand works with small-scale farmers, promoting fair trade and transparency in production.
These cool sneakers feel especially unique.
The polished designs of Axel Arigato were once only available for our male counterparts. Luckily last summer that changed, and now the company is designing sleek sneakers for women too.
Consider these kicks simple, polished perfection.
Headquartered in NYC, this luxury sneaker line is all about sleek, modern designs that you can't find anywhere else.
These high-tops are sewn by hand in limited volumes, meaning you're getting a truly unique piece.
L.A.-based sneaker brand Crucial takes the attitude of throwback footwear, but with a modern update that makes it necessary right now.
These golden shoes are a far cry from your basic white kicks.
Eytys hails from Stockholm and has gained a cult following for its fashion-forward designs.
The platform on these sneakers will give you an instant edge up.
The newest sneaker brand to the game, They, is a Manhattan-based line that focuses on minimalistic architectural designs that feel refreshingly different.
A sporty spin on the downtown aesthetic, Amsterdam-based Filling Pieces is going to be the next major thing.