The No-Hype Sneakers Selection Vol. 9 – The Sale Edition

More shoes on discount that are right for the picking.

By Chris Ong        12 July 2021

Some retailers have just started their end-of-season sales, some are still ongoing, and some more are settling into the tail-end of their final price cuts. Which means you would be spoiled for choice when it comes to buying yourself a new pair of shoes. To help you feel less giddy with the sheer number of even more wallet-friendly-now sneakers out there, we found 7 that caught our price-savvy fancy and which we now serve up here for your (budget) wise consideration.

“The No-Hype Sneakers Selection” is our fortnightly curation of the not-so-hot but oh-so-cool shoes that you might have missed out on.

Converse Chuck 70 camouflage-print canvas canvas trainers
Photo: Matches Fashion

Chuck 70 camouflage-print canvas canvas trainers, $75 (Usual Price: $150), Converse

SAF Day may be over (FYI, it was on 1 July), but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take on camo print for your daily civilian wear. A brief 101 on this sneak: The Converse Chuck 70s was originally inspired by baseball shoes and first came onto the fashion scene in the 1970s, where it still remains, as a popular steadfast casual footwear staple. This one’s perfect for those who like all things army, ’cos, well, its done up in an oh-so-familiar green camouflage pattern.

Available at MatchesFashion


Stepney Workers Club Dellow bouclé trainers
Photo: Matches Fashion

Dellow bouclé trainers, $100 (Usual Price: $200), Stepney Workers Club

Named after a forward-thinking London athletic society that existed in the 1920s, this shoe brand is all about heritage sneaks made modern. Here’s a pair that epitomises their design aesthetic; it looks like your regular smart-casual sneak with its retro silhouette, grey laces and white vulcanised-rubber sole, but made different with uppers crafted with tactile grey and beige bouclé (a kind of looped or curled yarn). Fun to touch, better to wear.

Available at MatchesFashion


Vans Old Skool 36 DX
Photo: HBX

Old Skool 36 DX, $80/USD $59 (Usual Price: $156/USD $115), Vans

Need more colour in your life or a pop of it for your going-out outfit? This one will more than help you feel and look splashy. The sneak’s part of the Vans Anaheim Factory 2020 (Vans shoes made extra special with a higher foxing tape and glossed sidewalls) and is dressed up in premium colourful flower- power prints developed by Hoffman California Fabrics. Don this to the beach (or streets) to serve up major surf vibes.

Available at HBX


Nike Dbreak-Type
Photo: Nike

Dbreak-Type, $99.90 (Usual Price: $139), Nike

Want to sneak a peek into Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman’s conceptual mind, or better yet, own a piece of it? Instead of said sneak peek, this is an actual sneak that’s a prototype product of the man’s design. It’s a blend of retro and modern that’s suited for contemporary life; airy mesh and the iconic rubber Waffle outsole for comfort, and suede panels and an Iron Grey/Off-Noir/Black/Metallic Silver colour scheme for style.

Available at www.nike.com/sg


BONUS: SAFRA members can enjoy up to 15% off regular-priced footwear & apparels at Nike. Visit NIKE | SAFRA for more information.

Timberland Solar Wave nnit low sneakers

Solar Wave knit low sneakers, $87.90 (Usual Price: $179), Timberland

Timberland’s not just about making tough and durable boots; it also makes trendy yet functional sneakers for everyday living and sports, such as this one here. Your feet should feel snug and comfy once shod in these; it’s got your must-have knitted uppers, the chunky rubber outsole, the bungee cord laces and the sock-like collar, collar lining and tongue (it’s the de rigueur design template, nowadays, for cross-training lifestyle sneakers). Plus, it comes in black and in green (on the ZALORA site) if you’re not feeling the grey (seen here).

Available at ZALORA


BONUS: SAFRA members receive 25% off + 3% cashback with no minimum spend (for new ZALORA customers) and 20% off + 3% cashback with $80 minimum spend (for existing ZALORA customers). Click here for more information.

Zara Chunky retro sneakers
Photo: Zara

Chunky retro sneakers, $35.90 (Usual Price: $89.90), Zara

Low-cut basketball shoes, but make it fashion – that’s how this one goes. While every sneakerhead out there is trying to get their hands on the latest B-ball sneaker drop from the big sports brands, you can stay cool and funky with these chunky ones instead. Its multi-coloured look – a brown, cyan, orange, tan and dark navy/black upper plus a white outsole – should make you the standout bloke on the block with that stylish, relaxed and indifferent (to hype) air about him.

Available at Zara stores, multiple locations, www.zara.com/sg


Bata Ruddy men’s sneakers
Photo: Bata

Ruddy men’s sneakers, $30 (Usual Price: $59.95), Bata

We love how it looks like a nice lifestyle sneaker of a multi-coloured and multi-textile (PVC, PU and others) make from a luxe brand. What we love even more, is that this men’s pair from The BATA Collection is super affordable, on discount (more money saved) and can be worn with almost every kind of outfit (more everyday sartorial value).

Available at Bata stores, multiple locations, www.bata.com.sg 


All products are subject to availability and prices are subject to change. Prices stated are correct as of time of posting and are based on current exchange rates.