There are more sneaker brands than you can shake a stick at these days, but people still tend to stick in their comfort zone of Nike, Adidas and, at a push, Reebok or Puma.

But bigger isn’t always better. Having such a narrow shopping habit means you’re likely to miss out on some of the best under-the-radar and independent manufacturers, like Clae.

The LA-based contemporary kick maker just launched its latest collection and it’s full of the refined silhouettes, quality craftsmanship and unexpected materials you thought was cornered by the big boys.

We’re fast fans of the returning sleek Bradley shape – now finished off a leopard print heel accent as well as coming in a mid-top, and the Hoffman runner – rendered in luxe-looking charcoal wool.

The Clae autumn/winter 2016 collection is available online, priced from £85.

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