The Replica, by Maison Martin Margiela, is one of the classic sneaker silhouettes, mostly because – true to their name – they’re replicas of GATs, or German Army Trainers, the archetypal go-anywhere, do-anything footwear. Unlike the Nike Air Presto I talked about yesterday, the Replica is a muted, simple silhouette that relies on craftsmanship and materials over logos and graphics.
First worn by track legend Jesse Owens in the 1936 Olympic Games, they became an instant smash hit for Adi and Rudolf Dassler (of adidas and PUMA fame, respectively) under their then-titled Dassler Brothers Shoe Factory, and today are a default choice for style-conscious men across the land.
Their strength lies not only in the low-profile silhouette which looks as good with a pair of shorts as it does with tapered jeans or chinos, but the muted colourway, which lends itself well to a range of outfits. The white and grey uppers contrast with the gum sole, coming together to form a timeless sneaker that is as at-home on the beach as it is in the restaurant.
Granted, at £259 they’re more expensive than offerings from Nike or Adidas, but they’re eminently more wearable, and will likely outlast the competition thanks to their exceptional materials and build quality.
Available now, in low-top and hi-top iterations, at END. Clothing.