7 Lesser-Known Sneaker Brands to Consider This Holiday Season

If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for a special someone in your life this holiday season, it may be time to start thinking outside of the box — the sneaker box, that is.

While brands such as Nike, Adidas and Under Armour have a lot to offer in the way of holiday sneaker releases, there’s a lot more out there worthy of your consideration.

To give you a few more ideas as the shopping season begins to ramp up, Footwear News has gathered several lesser-known brands and styles that may be just what you’ve been looking for.

Greats Brand Rosen
To get the most bang for your buck, consider Greats Brand, which has earned a reputation for cranking out high-quality sneakers at some of the most wallet-friendly prices on the market.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Greats Brand The Rosen, $49; Greats Brand.

World of Niche Bullet
World of Niche holds the title for most mysterious sneaker brand, with products available on a strict appointment-only basis.
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World of Niche Bullet, $400; World of Niche.

Karhu Aria
Finnish brand Karhu has been around since 1916 and has recently been gaining traction with the sneakerhead community thanks to its colorful retro running shoes.
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Karhu Aria, $91; Karhu.

Filling Pieces Perforated Low Top
If you’re looking for a pair of kicks that will help you stand out from the crowd, Filling Pieces has you covered with a wide selection of sneakers that utilize unique designs, materials and shapes.
CREDIT: Barneys

Filling Pieces Perforated Low Top, $250; Barneys.

Brandblack J Crossover 2 Low
With a basketball-driven approach, BrandBlack offers both performance and lifestyle styles that toy with experimental design language.
CREDIT: Revolve

BrandBlack J Crossover 2 Low, $130; Revolve.

Hender Scheme Manual Industrial Products 10
If you really want to splurge, take a look at Hender Scheme’s meticulously crafted vegetable-tanned leather interpretations of classic sneakers such as the Air Jordan 4.
CREDIT: Ssense

Hender Scheme Manual Industrial Products 10, $1,450; Ssense.

Zespa ZSP4
For something a bit more traditional, consider one of Zespa’s made in France leather laceups, which are both classic and classy.
CREDIT: East Dane

Zespa ZSP4, $180.05; East Dane.

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