Summer Must-have: The White Sneaker

White sneakers are one of my spring and summer staples.  There is something about the clean, simple look of a white sneaker I love – so of course I have multiple versions: Adidas Original Stan Smith, Superstars and Sambas (although the black with white stripes is the more classic version), Jack Purcells, Dior Homme and a few others. I am also partial to low-tops which will become obvious as you read the post below.  Most of them to have a high-top version, however, if that is more your style. A few of my favorites:

The Wilson in Grey by Greats
The Wilson in Grey by Greats $49

Greats: Greats is a Brooklyn-based direct-to-consumer sneaker company. The company launched in August 2013 and has received lots of press, a 1.5MM investment in 2014 and a wholesale partnership with Mr Porter in 2015. I am partial to The Wilson in grey (ok not technically white but a nice variation). http://www.greats.com/

Frank & Oak Park Leather $135
Frank & Oak Park Leather $135

Frank & Oak:  Frank & Oak’s product line has gotten more diverse and more sophisticated in the past few years.  Originally launched with well-priced more basic apparel in a subscription model (“The Hunt Club” – similar to Trunk Club) the have expanded beyond the subscription model (although still available) and basics.  They recently launched shoes and have a great looking line of clean-looking, modern sneakers (and also have other colors than white!) https://www.frankandoak.com/product/23869

Stan Smith x Raf Simons $450
Stan Smith x Raf Simons $450

Stan Smith x Raf Simons – While I love both my Stan Smith’s and Raf Simons’s aesthetic I probably won’t be exchanging my $60 Adidas Originals for the $450 Raf Simons version.  But it doesn’t cost anything to look. And how cool is the perforated “R” on the side of the shoe? http://needsupply.com/mens/brands/adidas-x-raf-simons/raf-simons-stan-smith-in-white.html 

Jack Purcell Tumbled Leather
Jack Purcell Tumbled Leather $80

Jack Purcell – The Jack Purcell by Converse comes in many variations.  I have the classic canvas (as well as a great pair of blue stripped/dotted ones I found at Mr Porter).  The ones above are a slightly more expensive tumbled leather ($80). http://www.converse.com/regular/jack-purcell-tumbled-leather/147575C_095.html

Adidas Originals Superstar
Adidas Originals Superstar $80

Adidas Originals Superstars – Another great classic sneaker. I have a pair in patent that I found (on sale!) at Barney’s LA. http://www.adidas.com/us/superstar-shoes/C77124.html

St Laurent Sneaker
St Laurent Sneaker $595

St Laurent – and for a splurge ($595!) the St Laurent sneaker.  I love the touch of color on the heel.  I have an old pair of Dior Homme (from the Hedi Slimane Dior Homme days) that is still a favorite.  Since Hedi took over at St Laurent the sneakers have taken on a bit of the old Dior Homme style. http://www.ysl.com/us/shop-product/men/sneakers

Hickies – Don’t forget accessories.  Hickies recently developed a revolutionary new responsive, no-tie lacing system.  Check it out at: http://www.hickies.com/ 

And if none of the above work for you.  See the post by Esquire on 5 Minimalist Sneakers: http://www.esquire.com/style/mens-accessories/g2060/5-minimalist-sneakers-go-workweek-to-weekend/?thumbnails

Or the post from Esquire on the coolest sneakers of 2015: http://www.esquire.com/style/the-coolest-shoes-of-2015/

Or the post from Valet of the 10 best summer sneakers: http://www.valetmag.com/2015/10-best-summer-sneakers

And last but not least . . in honor of summer see this post from Valet about summer foot care: http://www.valetmag.com/grooming/summer-proof-your-feet

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