The most recent accessory that has taken the male world by storm? Why sneakers, of course. Sneakerheads have cropped up in every city from Berlin to Boston. They collect them by the dozen(s), meticulously choosing colorways, fit, and style. To call it a subculture is an understatement, and to try and keep up is a job in itself. This issue, Papierdoll brings you five sneakers that are essential picks for the modern man.
Is it a sneaker? Is it a boot? This concoction from Alife ($110, available through Alife stores, (212) 375- 8116) is the lovechild of both. Available in a sandy color, your standard black, and this olive shade, you can be sure that even the most anti-fashion guy would give them a second glance. Our pick is the olive…casual enough for trolling the streets on Sunday, and nice enough to hit brunch before.
Sneakerheads have a distinct voice when it comes to the world of avant garde footwear. An artsy twist on the typical kick is this one from Y-3’s Yohji Yamamoto, dubbed the Tenji ($320, eluxury.com). The grained leather trim and mix of texture elevate this sneaker to new heights in the world of luxury shoes.
Topsiders have made a huge comeback…or they will. Just wait until this time next year when the masses are ironically pairing the classic shoe with everything from acid bright t-shirts to hoodies and skinny jeans. Since standard slip-on Vans can get a bit old (most guys have worn them since high school), their topsiders ($46, zappos.com) are a brilliant alternative to a summer shoe.
The perfect compliment to Chanel’s new perforated Rodeo bag, these perforated leather sneakers from Supra, referred to as the Cuban, are the slick answer to all of the gaudy bright sneakers that seem to have taken over the market. Sleek and cool, the shoes are streamlined making them versatile and a great starter piece for those only dipping their feet into the world of sneakers.
Leave it to the boys of Gourmet to create a canvas variation ($150, available at The Spot, (613) 860-0505)of a much beloved Nike classic. This idea has caught the attention of the suits at Nike, and now it’s harder than ever to find these kicks. Grab them while you can in Balenciaga-worthy colors like Tiffany blue, royal purple and the most insane shade of yellow we’ve ever seen.