Don’t Make It Harder Than It Really Is.
Sneakers are and always will be an important part of the wardrobe. Whether you’re searching for the perfect pair to where with a casual outfit or the best all white sneakers to go with a suit, the fact is you should have a well rounded collection.
Keep The Budget Intact.
Paying too much for a pair of sneakers is always a problem most run into. However, some are definitely worth more than others. Once you take into account the materials and construction of say a pair of “Common Projects”, you really have no choice. On the other hand, if you’ve decided to limit your spending to around $200 bucks, you can walk away with a clear conscious.
That said, you should be preparing for the Spring season.
When it does finally come around and the weather begins to break for the better, a much more lightweight wardrobe will be in order.
You can swap out the heavy knits for checkered button downs, and put away the Parka for a windbreaker. So, scooping up a few pair of sneakers now will certainly aid you in updated your seasonal style options.
This list is compiled of some cool sneakers that will help you get into the swing of things.
New Balance for J.Crew 1400 Sneakers
After years of being available only in Japan, this stateside re-release has been a cause of celebration among sneakerheads. Each pair is crafted in the U.S. from premium American-made suede at New Balance’s Skowhegan, Maine, factory.
Available online here. | $170
Adidas Stan Smith Sneakers
One of the best-selling tennis shoes of all time is one of the hardest to find. This reintroduction of the iconic sneaker from the ’70s, named after the world-champion tennis player, is 100 percent true to the original (because truly great designs can’t be improved). These sneakers are made from full-grain leather and finished with Adidas’s signature perforations for ventilation—so they’re really cool. Literally.
Available online here | $75
The Hill-Side® All Weather High Tops
Brooklyn-based The Hill-Side®, run by two brothers, is known for its workwear-inspired goods that stand the test of time. These high-tops are a unique interpretation of rain boots, featuring a waterproof yet breathable cotton upper, a tongue designed to keep water out, a high-traction outsole and a reinforced rubber toe guard and side panel. As with all The Hill-Side sneakers, these shoes are made by highly skilled craftspeople in a beautiful 140-year-old factory in western Japan. They’re sewn and assembled completely by hand, and are produced using a traditional vulcanization process that employs natural rubber the factory processes in-house.
Available online here. | $265
Nike Tennis Classic Suede Tan Sneaker
It might be hard to imagine now, but tennis shoes were originally designed for athletic performance. These Tennis Classics, an update to an iconic ’70s court style, are made from suede, with a perforated logo for a sleek, modern look.
Available now here. | $85
Cole Haan OriginalGrand Perforated Sneaker
The ØriginalGrand starts a high-tech evolution this spring with supremely soft leather and laser-cut perforations. Finished with ridged soles containing concealed Grand.OS technology for a supremely comfortable fit from boardroom to dinner meeting.
Available now here. | $140
Vans for J.Crew Washed Canvas Authentic Sneakers
Founded by Paul Van Doren in 1966, Vans has defined the footwear street culture of Southern California for decades. In this exclusive collaboration, J.Crew partnered with the company to recreate its famous lace-up sneakers to our exact specifications. Designed with custom colors, they’re washed for a vintage look and accented with hiking-boot laces for one-of-a-kind shoe.
Available now here. | $60
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