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When investing in classics that will stand the test of time, don’t forget to factor footwear into the equation. A trusty pair of sneakers, sandals or boots will go the distance—and keep you comfortable along the way.
As the weather warms, there’s no better time to take stock of your shoe situation and make sure you’ve got all the boxes ticked. Solect’s inspiring array of 25 footwear brands from across the globe means that all of your favourites can be found in one place—all that’s left to do is choose your perfect pair.
With a steadfast roster of brands that you’ll most likely already know and love, Solect has got you covered when it comes to the best in Birkenstock, Dr. Martens, adidas Originals, Timberland, Converse and more.
Read on to discover some seasonal stand-outs, that can be shopped now by clicking on the buttons below, along with FQ’s styling tips for head-to-toe cool.
Founded in 1911, heritage Italian sneaker brand Superga certainly know a thing or two about creating quality staples. The 2750 Organic Canvas Natural Dye sneaker, $140, makes for a shoe that will take you just about anywhere.
Ways to wear: why not try out this canvas style with a nod to the classic Canadian tuxedo à la Instagram icon Hailey Bieber? Double denim works best when paired with the classics—a simple white T-shirt or tank top will do the trick.
It’s hard to look past the versatile favourite that is a trusty Birkenstock slide, a comfort like no other that will convert you from first wear. The Arizona Birko-Flor sandal, $160, is a tried and true summer classic—it’s best to think ahead on this one to nab your size, as Birkenstocks are in hot demand come holiday time.
Ways to wear: the beauty of a Birkenstock is that they can be paired with just about anything, from your favourite tracksuit to a slinky slip. Why not mix things up and try them out with tailored trousers and a blouse for a transeasonal take?
Reinterpreted in a fresh colour way each season, the ASICS Japan S Platform sneaker, $170, takes cues from an ’80s court shoe. With a slightly retro feel, the style is updated for now with a platform sole—and the added bonus of a little extra lift.
Ways to wear: keep it casual with a tank top and structured pair of shorts for a relaxed weekend look. This style pairs equally as well with jeans, a blazer and your favourite top—making for a polished get-up that requires minimal effort.
Timberland’s Kinsley 6-Inch Waterproof boot, $350, provides a fresh take on an iconic style. The refined silhouette features a slimmer fit and block heel. While seam-sealed construction means this boot is 100% waterproof—offering the practicality wearers have come to know and love from Timberland.
Ways to wear: play on contrast and try out this utilitarian style with a floaty dress—just opt for a colour that has an earthy feel like khaki, olive or fawn. Top things off with a pair of cosy cashmere socks for added luxury.
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Converse sneakers are a crowd favourite for a reason, a failsafe combination of comfort, utility and cool. The best-selling Converse Lift Low, $130, offers a fun twist on a staple style thanks to the addition of a platform sole.
Ways to wear: dial up the feminine factor by styling with something soft—think ruffles, big sleeves and floaty silhouettes. Crisp white pairs well with rosy hues like blush, peach or dusky pink.
You’ve probably spotted the Dr. Martens gladiator sandal on your Instagram feed, this chunky style is a favourite among many digital darlings. The Clarissa II sandal, $290, is a fresh rendition of this trending silhouette. Built on the iconic air cushioned sole, it’s crafted from supple brando leather that only gets better with age.
Ways to wear: LA-based influencer @catchmeeksifyoucan knows a things or two about effortless style. She pairs her Clarissa sandals with a handkerchief print slip dress and simple gold jewellery—making for the perfect springtime look.
For those after something with a little bit more after-dark potential, the Chaos & Harmony Allure mule, $280, works equally as well dressed up, as it does down. A subtle snakeskin texture makes for added luxury, while the open back means minimal fuss.
Ways to wear: contrast a floaty dress with this striking leather style, especially great for fancy occasions where you want to look the part, without sacrificing on comfort. In saying that, the Allure mule also works effortlessly with jeans, trousers and skirts.