Almost every footwear brand is competing with each other to merge two very important elements in sneakers today: style and function. This season, you’ll find lightweight and super-flexible sneakers that still incorporate trending styles such as knitwear and modern silhouettes. With these seven pairs of shoes, what’s unique about each of them is their functionality. Slip ’em on, and the way you walk will be changed forever.
1. Clarks Pitman Free (above)
Its knitted upper and perforated suede makes the shoe so lightweight, you’ll think you’re walking barefooted. The leather in-sock grips your feet a helluva lot, while also preventing them from stinking up.
RM 439; clarks.my
2. Converse Chuck Modern Collection
The Chuck Moderns are designed for heavy usage when you’re skateboarding or doing something equally as cool. At the same time, they’re stylish enough that you can walk the malls in them. They’re lightweight, so wearing them for a whole day won’t hurt your feet. RM 599.90; converse.com.my
3. Geox Respira Nebula Collection
These are made with extra large vents on their uppers for better breathability. Their soles are designed with extra large perforations to ensure heat and moisture can escape, thus avoiding feet odour. RM 1,199; geox.com
4. Timberland Sensorflex Boat Shoes Collection
Shoes in this collection are built with three layers of the Sensorflex Comfort System; the upper layer is for comfort and stability; the mid layer adapts to the ground’s uneven surfaces; and the flexibility of the bottom layer eliminates harsh impact, protecting you from any form of injury. RM 599; timberland.com.my
5. Reebok Classic ZOKU Runner
Using ULTRAKNIT technology, the upper of these shoes allows heat and odour to escape. The shoe also features an integrated sock to stabilise your feet when you’re running. RM 469; reebok.com
6. Cole Haan ZEROGRAND StitchLite
The static tight gauge-stitching on these shoes, as well as rubber pods on the forefoot and heel, hug your foot tightly, allowing you to walk and run stably. The open pointelle-stitching also improves breathability and controls moisture – eliminating possible foot odour. RM 999; colehaan.com
7. Bonia Leather Sneakers
Long walks won’t hurt your feet in these stylish soft calf leather sneakers, thanks to the extra cushioning in its soles. Whether dressed up or down, these sneakers are versatile enough take you from casual Fridays to weekend parties. RM459; bonia.com