We suffer for style here at Oracle, slaves as we are to the necessities of sartorial savvy. Still, there’s no law saying that comfort can’t be cool and with practically every fashion house and high-end cordwainer introducing a decent range of sneakers, it’s about time we gave our feet a break. Here are five pairs that both your arches and wardrobe will thank you for.

1. Stefano Bemer Green Highland Sneakers (600)

Stefano Bemer Collare Sneakers

As a Florentine cordwainer you can imagine the kind of sharp, sleek and exquisitely crafted shoes that emerge from the atelier of Sefano Bemer. Loafers and Oxfords aside however, they also make some pretty damn cool sneakers, especially in the Collare. Modelled after the kind of skate shoes you see from Vans, Stefano Bemer elevated the classic shape with fine Italian leather and, in this case, a refined brown-green with a full grain; stefanobemer.com

2. Raf Simons + Adidas Spirit V Canvas Sneakers (£185)

Raf Simons + Adidas Spirit V Canvas Sneakers

It’s not like Adidas have a hard time finding collaborators; their list of guest designers is an industry in and of itself. It doesn’t stop them being incredibly cool, even when it comes to plain – or in this case slightly off – white. Durable canvas, gripping rubber soles and pull tabs, they’re as practical as they are sleek, perfect with casual jeans; provided you keep them out of the mud of course; www.mrporter.com

3. Buttero Carrera Sneakers (€295)

Carrera Sneakers

Suede isn’t the most practical material for sports shoes, even if it is pretty damn good-looking, but try telling Buttero that. Their Carrera Sneakers combine the Italian snuff brown suede with a flexible rubber sole fit for sprinting and a comfortable raised insole. They also have all the luxurious detailing you can find in Buttero’s more traditional styles. Just make sure you keep the suede in good condition; unlike some trainers these don’t look best a little beaten up; www.buttero.it

4. Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar Sneakers (£355)

Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar Sneakers

If the cordwainers of Venice originally had any reservations at working on sneakers, the results of Golden Goose Deluxe Brand should have put them to rest. The brand ethos is of immaculate urban style matched with superb craftsmanship. In this particular pair of the brand’s signature Superstar sneaker materials are king with a combination of grey velvet, suede, cotton and leather coming together in a deceptively simple style staple; cool, comfortable and flawlessly made; www.farfetch.com

5. Common Projects Achilles (£290)

Common Projects Original Achilles Low-top Leather TrainersIf you think less is more than Common Projects may well be your well-shod holy grail. Even if their Chelsea Boots are making shoe-lovers froth at the mouth, the Achilles is the archetype of the brand’s design philosophy. Minimal to a fault, there’s no over the top haute couture sentiment here, just cool, calm and collected black in a timeless low design. The only detail is the brand signature of a gold serial number towards the heel – and that’s all they’ll ever need; www.matchesfashion.com