If you have been out of your house recently you may have noticed that men’s shoes have changed. Today, athletes are the “king” of shoes with Yeezy, New Balance and numerous Nike collaborations that compete for our attention. We asked two well-known writers and editors to tell us about their cases:
SHANE C GROUP
I apologize to vegans everywhere, but my mom always taught me to never wear shoes that are not made of genuine leather. So sneakers, with their prolific synthetic “technical” fibers, have never been a feature of my shoe rack. Sure, I’m aware that this is not 1992 but the truth is that I always felt like I was in someone else’s shoes.
For me, sneakers are more suitable for the tennis court or the racetrack. But once the good weather comes, I prefer to take my clean feet out of their leather-lined insulation and give them a good ventilation and what’s better for that than a good pair of sandals ? Sandals convey that warm and turbulent holiday atmosphere so I never understood the fear some men have of pointing fingers. It just makes sense to give your feet a little breath. I mean wearing socks with sandals in the name of “fashion” is one thing, but sneakers without socks in the summer?
Although I appreciate the mastery of sneaker design, the idea of waking up at dawn and wearing a pair of pink sneakers is a complete anathema to me. Someone has to pay you a considerable amount for this, not the other way around. In addition, I have long felt that one of the merits of menswear is its “if it is not broken, do not fix it” mentality. But do not misunderstand me. I’m not the kind of guy who sleeps in Oxford, as my love for open-toed shoes proves. I just have a penchant for Marni Fussbett sandals.
Since the beginning of 2022, I have made a conscious effort to be less stubborn. So far, avoiding inflexible ways of thinking has only had a positive impact on my life. If the sandals fit you, I urge you to follow in my footsteps and keep your mind open or, at least, a little open as you read below. I promise it will serve you well, just as a pair of sneakers would do if you were given a chance.
Let me start with the facts: Athletes are comfortable; shoes are not. The sneakers, on the other hand, are soft, at least the 70 sneakers I have are. Some models such as the Yeezy 700, a sneaker augmented by Adidas pioneering Boost technology are so comfortable that they offer a feeling of walking on clouds.
If athletes are banned in an institution, I probably do not want to be there.
This brings me to my second point. Athletes look great with everything. For example, Air Force 1, I’m talking about whites, of course combine beautifully with everything. Now, I leave things in your hands or, I must say, in your feet for you to decide which path to take. Will you spend your day in pain for the sake of respecting paradiluvian conventions or will you secure a pair of Yeezys, live your life and thank me later?