SNEAKER BRANDS YOU HAVEN’T HEARD OF YET

From whimsical to workout-ready, here are six new players.

The future of sneakers may mean self-tying laces and built-in activity trackers. But until then, there are several new labels athletes might not be familiar with that are kicking things up a notch. From sleek and sporty running shoes to special occasion wear, these noteworthy upstarts deserve more than a second look.