You Should Know: CLAE Makes Modern, Luxurious Sneakers

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When it comes to finding the perfect sneaker, there are a handful of components to keep in mind: functionality, aesthetics, materials, versatility, colors and price. One brand, in particular, knocks it out of the park—and then some.

CLAE Los Angeles launched in 2001, and for nearly two decades, the brand has been at the forefront of combining classic looks and silhouettes with modern upgrades. From the use of leather, suede and more, CLAE is all about their mission of minimalism blended with elegance. 

We’ve compiled some of CLAE’s most notable models while curating colorways that are a great introduction to the brand and their style. Take a look at a few of our selections below, and learn more about what makes each one special.

1. CLAE Bradley Vegan

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What CLAE says: The Bradley Vegan retains the same quality and comfort as its original counterpart. It features supple animal-free leather, cotton-lining, an SP sole and a neoprene heel accent with subtle vegan branding on the EVA insoles. It comes packaged in new, lightweight boxes made of 100 percent recyclable materials.

Why we love it: Whether you’re really into becoming an Earth-conscious consumer or you’re aiming to reduce your carbon footprint, CLAE has the perfect shoe for you. The all-new vegan collection is introduced with one of their staple silhouettes. The Bradley is not only a great low-top sneaker but is also ideal for any occasion. Whether for work, a formal setting or everyday wear, the Bradley blends the functionality of a low-top sneaker with the components and structure of a dress shoe.

White/Olive, $140

2. CLAE Hayward

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What CLAE says: The Hayward combines breathable yet durable nylon with buttery soft suede for a clean and slightly retro design. Enhanced with pigskin lining and insole for lightweight cushioning, CLAE's newest retro runner takes "athleisure" to another level.

Why we love it: Athleisure is at the forefront of both sneakers and fashion. CLAE’s ability to blend both with the Hayward not only provides an elevated “dad-shoe” but also the comfort you need to go about your day. The shoe features a leather-lined upper with an EVA footbed and midsole for maximum comfort and breathability.

White Suede/Navy, $120

3. CLAE Ellington Suede

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What CLAE says: With a simple yet elegant design that defies definition with each step, the Ellington Suede delivers sophistication without pretension. Built on a solid yet subtle rubber sole that brings flexibility and comfort, the Ellington is a celebration of both style and substance.

Why we love it: For the CLAE Ellington, the beauty is in the details. From the precision of the stitching to the overall composition of the shoe, the Ellington is the perfect introduction to the brand. It also comes in an array of colors. Plus, who doesn’t love a fun yet subtle suede sneaker? The shoe’s leather-lined upper and footbed ensures breathability without sacrificing comfort.

Aloe Green Suede, $110

4. CLAE Hayden

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What CLAE says: The new Hayden silhouette fuses an uncomplicated mix of textures and materials for a utilitarian take on a performance sneaker. A newly designed EVA midsole and upper taps a runner aesthetic that is enhanced with a two-tone specially crafted waffle tread with areas of exposed EVA for a cushy feeling underfoot. Subtle 3M detailing mixed with leather accents gives contrasting perspectives of technical and modern, a necessary blend for casual comfort.

Why we love it: The Hayden is the perfect representation of what CLAE brings to the table. The shoe features a mesh panel for a direct flow of air to keep your feet cool. The hits of reflective material across the toe box is a drop of modern flair that perfectly complements the shoe. The combination of suede and leather found across the sneaker come together for a clean finish.

Deep Navy Suede, $150

5. CLAE Bradley Mid

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What CLAE says: A classic mid-top sneaker refined onto a premium, minimalistic silhouette, the Bradley Mid is as simple as it is functional. Crafted with fine leathers and neoprene detail, the Bradley Mid pairs comfort with effortless everyday style beyond convention.

Why we love it: The Bradley Mid is perfect in its simplicity. The combination of premium leather on a mid-top sneaker is a great addition to anyone’s current sneaker rotation. With summer well on its way, the ability to play around with a fun mid sneaker made from leather is a perfect way to stand out in the crowd. In addition to CLAE’s staple leather-lined and molded EVA footbed, the sneaker features a neoprene heel accent and flat waxed cotton laces for a luxurious finish that CLAE is known for.

White/Rose Leather, $150
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