If you’re itching for a sneaker that separates itself from the rest, I’ve come across a few funky fashion-forward styles for men that I feel any guy can actually pull off. Most of them, at least. Don’t get me wrong: I love a clean white sneaker like Common Projects or a casual New Balance shoe when running errands post-gym like most people do, but sometimes you want to take it a notch higher and add a funky element to your ensemble. I do (like in these outfit posts here and here). Beyond your usual lace-up or slip-on shoe, these sneakers win my heart in being different. The list is based on a variety of factors that I’d consider when getting my hands on this type of shoe: ingenuity of design; wearability beyond one occasion); and general comfort I’ve personally tried several of these). I wanted to put price in here, but to find a shoe that’s designed so well isn’t always going to come cheap. It’ll be worth the investment since I like to classify such purchases as art and you’ll be ahead of the curve some of these designs are now staples and critical players in driving men’s fashion forward).
- Nike Air Footscape Tweed, Leather and Woven Mesh Sneaker
- Balenciaga Speed Runner (FYI: They’re out of stock, but they’ll be shipping more by 2/15 — you can reserve yours, though!)
- Pierre Hardy Comet Sneakers
- Marni Cutout Neoprene Sneakers (also in blue)
- Y-3 X-Ray Low Top Trainers (on sale, also love these)
- Balenciaga Race Runners
Quick styling note. Because these sneakers carry so much personality, I’d be careful not to over-style the outfit you’re wearing them with. Less in more.
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