Simple and reassuring or futuristic and bold models: all are an absolute must-have for the menswear wardrobe in winter too

[On the cover: Versace and Sergio Rossi F/W 202021]

Is it because sneakers were the most purchased type of footwear online during lockdown? Or does it have something to do with how they have become a no-season model, or how active and fashion wear have seamlessly converged? One thing’s for sure: sneakers continue to be a top menswear choice. All this without even mentioning the high level of creative content showcased by sneakers, veritable sources of experimentation for fashion brands and Italian companies. Transversal and suitable for all looks, sneakers make an effortless addition to various outfits: single colour and basic for urban apparel, or bursting with colour for less formal moments. They are a guarantee for any menswear wardrobe, even though the season is dominated by manifold ankle boot models.

Despite not being the undisputed star of catwalks for autumn-winter 2020/21, sneakers have still captured attention due to their versatility and ability to satisfy all requirements. Total white models feature simple and reassuring lines; chunky models on the other hand showcase accentuated and daring soles; then there are futuristic models (one example that springs to mind is the Balenciaga sneaker with the Vibram Fivefingers sole), hybrid ones which combine technical soles with hiking footwear-style uppers, or high performance ones with cushioning and breathability characteristics. Here are the models to add to your wish list.