It’s hard to argue with all of fall’s merits. Perfect weather, amber leaves, lack of allergy-inducing pollen and, best of all, sneakers. From the tried-and-true classics to avant-garde collaborations to luxe upgrades, these are the sneakers we’re stomping in through fall.
1. Stepney Workers Club Lister Suede Slip On
Built upon the templates of classic slip ons before it, Stepney Workers Club pays homage to sneaker canon while deviating just enough to bring something new to the table. And why not try stepping out of the usual monochromatic sneaker fare with this olive suede pair?
2. Asics Gel Kayano 26
While we know that a certain made-in-USA dad shoe has been taking the world by storm from “supermodels in London and dads in Ohio,” Asics’ Gel Kayano deserves just as much attention, if not more. It’s been endlessly improved in form and function over its 26 years and is available in notably more colorways from the subdued to the garish. Whether it’s for road running or Sunday strolls, the Gel Kayano is up for the challenge.
3. Rhude RH V1 Full-Grain Leather and Suede Sneakers
These skate shoes from Rhude have all the cachet of a classic pair of Vans SK8 Hi’s while letting the world know that, no, you cannot kickflip. Full-grain leather panels elevate the sneaker’s status while hairy suede details hold on to its rough edge.
4. Nike Air Force 1 ’07
We’re definitely looking forward to wearing Nike’s Air Force 1 ’07 sneakers because we’ve been wearing them all year long. The shoe is a verified classic and sits among other iconic sneakers like the Converse Chuck Taylors and Vans Authentics, so you don’t have to rack your brain in the morning trying to figure out which shoes go with your outfit. These will go with anything.
5. Shoe the Bear Bushwick Leather Sneakers
Classics are constantly imitated and rarely ever overtaken. That said, Shoe The Bear makes the case for replacing your current minimalist sneaker.
6. Rick Owens x Veja Rubber-Trimmed V-Knit Sneakers
Rick Owens recently linked up with sustainability-focused sneaker brand Veja for a trio of sneakers that straddles the line somewhere between running sneaker and avant-garde statement shoe. Though it’s Rick, these sneakers don’t require you to know the Antwerp 6 like the back of your hand. In other words, you can wear these, too.
7. Converse Leather Archival Prints Chuck 70
When there are no mirrors in the vicinity to catch a glimpse of your own meticulously-chosen outfit, you can always look down and admire your shoes. That’s what these Converse Chuck 70s are for. Sure, those around you will take notice. But these are really for your own viewing pleasure.
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