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The 25 Best Independent Sneaker Brands

2. Clae

Founded: 2001

One of the first brands to do the whole skate-lifestyle thing and do it right, Clae mixed casual style and athletic shoe comfort. If anything, they were too ahead of their time. Following a three-year absence from the game, they returned in 2007 with founder Sung Choi at the helm, and picked up right where they left off.

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