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ABOUT.com STYLE- Brand to Know: CLAE

For many guys, sneaker recognition doesn't go much further beyond the big guys. And while those companies are hugely successful for a reason, there are a number of smaller, independent brands who have found an loyal following and longevity in the market by embracing a distinct point of view, complemented by quality construction and comfort.

Case in point: Los Angeles sneaker label CLAE. Founded in 2001, CLAE has mastered a certain low-key elegance with versatile styles designed for a timeless edge. We spoke with CLAE's creative director Sung Choi to find out more about his company's origin, design philosophy and the best CLAE sneakers for guys on a budget."


-About.com Style