Retro tennis shoes have been a big deal over the last couple of years.
Leading the charge has been Adidas’s ubiquitous Stan Smith, with the likes of Le Coq Sportif’s Arthur Ashe providing tactical support.
The latest brand to deliver some ‘Were these made in 1976?’ trainer action is Clae, whose sports shoes (not ‘sneakers’) have long been a favourite at Umbrella. Collaborating with ‘living space innovators’ Mama Shelter, its updated version of the Bradley shoe is so retro-tennis chic it should come with a headband and a wooden racket bought from the garage.
Clae says: “The Bradley is a rethink of the traditional tennis shoe with well-balanced proportions. Beautiful full grain leather that will eventually acquire a sheen, a neoprene heel accent for greater comfort and a premium sole developed by Clae.”
So, if you want a shoe that isn’t currently worn by every 13-year-old girl, these are the trainers for you.