Footwear Brands To Up Your Sneaker Game

In an earlier post on we discussed our sneaker trend forecast for the fall, along with our favorite footwear for those upcoming shoe fads. To help you branch out of the celebrity-approved white trainer trend, today we’ll share a number of athletic shoe brands and lines to upgrade your sneaker collection:


Whether you love him or hate him, you can’t deny that Kanye West has a keen eye for sneaker fashion and streetwear. The third installment of YEEZY shoes dropped this past June and sold out immediately, although it’s not much of a surprise considering earlier iterations also reached record-breaking sales. The YEEZY Boost 750’s, the latest design, apparently sold out in one minute, but for anyone that missed out on the June 11 sale, they may want to keep their eye out for Black Friday, as rumors are flying around that three new colorways of YEEZY Boost 350 V2 will be released after Thanksgiving.


A 14-year-long collaboration with sports brand Adidas, Lyst showcases the wide range of Y-3 trainers good enough to wear on and off the track (or treadmill, if that’s what you prefer). Although many people would rather go for subtle, sleek designs for more formal settings like the office, classic designs of strictly athletic shoes are progressively becoming the new standard for fashion-forward sneakers. From all-black high-tops that almost look like boots to low-tops with colorful accents, Y-3 has a variety of styles to suit different tastes.

Hender Scheme

Leather adds an elegant touch to sneakers that make them possible to wear with suits and LBDs, and Hender Scheme is the first company to ever use vegetable tanned leather to manufacture sneakers. Although there seems to be an ongoing feud between the Japanese brand and the internationally acclaimed sportswear company Nike—as Hender Scheme takes on iconic Nike silhouettes and puts their luxury spin into their products—that peach tinge on the shoes are perfect for women that are looking for a feminine twist to sneakers, since most of the trainers on the market still look rigid and masculine in design. Pairing them with tailored separates, a colorful sports bra and leggings duo, or simply just with jeans and a tee, the options for outfits are unlimited. The lightness of the pink also makes these shoes appropriate for women who favor neutral hues in their accessories rather than bright red heels and vibrantly colored statement jewelry.