Designer Sung Choi got the idea for Clae, his back-to-basics footwear label, while working at DC Shoes in the late 1990s. Choi realized that he wanted to strip away the trinkets and extraneous details adorning so many sneaker styles of that era, and bring about a more refined sensibility. The result was Clae and its concept of “athleisure.” Clae combined casual silhouettes and the supreme comfort of athletic shoes to create styles like white patent leather sneakers, canvas low-tops, and the Russell suede high-tops. Choi names Clae’s goods after Steve McQueen, Sonny Rollins, Jacques Cousteau, Romare Bearden, and other personalities he admires — adding a touch of history to your step.
Ah, that perennial problem: You’re scouring a sale for shoes, and just when you think you’ve found the perfect pair, and are starting to figure out which suits and jeans they'll work with, you suddenly discover that the store is completely, utterly sold out of them in your size. It’s the shopping equivalent of that old trope in the movies where a turntable needle scratches across a record. Well, whether you’re looking for sneakers, boots, or lace-ups, you won’t experience that here, because every shoe in this sale comes in your size.
A smart selection of footwear to dress up your jeans or toughen up chinos.
Named after Jazz greats like the Parker (Charlie), the Rollins (Sonny) and the Miles (Davis), Clae shoes riff on classic sneaker silhouettes while giving the material a high-class update and keeping details to a refined minimum. Be sure to check out the low top Ellington with its perforated leather upper, and the sleek, wingtip-inspired Whitman.
The height of refined footwear—literally—by Costume National, Harrys of London, and more.