5 Classic Sneakers Every Guy Should Own

With the rise of the athleisure trends, it seems that sneakers have become the most coveted type of footwear and for more than one reason. First of all, they’re comfortable and provide great support. If you add the cool factor and the level of versatility they bring to each outfit, there’s absolutely nothing not to love about them. Today’s generations are all about easy transitions from day to evening wear. We want to be able to leave the office and head out for drinks or finish our gym session to meet friends for lunch without having to change. This shift in lifestyle is exactly the factor that contributed to the rise of athleisure and the sneakers as the trend’s staple. It is for exactly for that reason we simply have to take a moment to remember some of the iconic, most classic types of sneakers that should once again, become part of every guy’s daily uniform.


Be an all-star

White Converse All Star sneakers.
Photo by MR COREY MOTTA

The first on the list is an oldie, but definitely a goldie.

Converse All-Stars Chucks Taylor are sneakers with a long and proud history. They were first produced in 1917 and have been a staple ever since. There are very few people who didn’t own at least one pair during their teenage years, whether in classic black, beige, navy blue, or red. Some preferred the low while others went for the high-top ones.

They were the epitome of cool, and regardless of time passed, they still are. Now, they come in a variety of prints, colors as well as fabrics, ranging from classic to leather ones that will keep your feet warm and stylish even in fall weather.

Although, they might have fallen into the shade with the rise of numerous other brands, they remain a classic in spite of everything, and now they’re trendier than ever! One of the best things about them is that they are sleek and not chunky, which makes them incredibly versatile. So versatile in fact, that some guys love combining them with suits and even attend weddings in them.


Find the balance

Man wearing a New Balance sneakers.
Photo by MR IGOR OVSYANNYKOV

When speaking of classics, mentioning the New Balance sneakers is inevitable. What you may not know about them, is that they were first sold door-to-door, by a traveling salesman named Arthur Hall, who believed in the personal touch.

They were invented in order to provide better arch support and bring comfort to the feet. Not much has changed, as the main goal when manufacturing these sneakers is still to provide even better support. The brand does its best to implement new technologies in order to create the most comfortable sneaker in the world. Which now feature the so-called REVlite midsole to make you feel like you’re walking on air.

Of course, now they come in a variety of colors to cater to different tastes, so make sure you snag your pair ASAP if you haven’t already.


Sleeker than you

White Adidas Stan Smith Up Close
Photo by MR ÉTIENNE BEAUREGARD-RIVERIN

No guy who has the intention of being sleeker than anyone else will ever go without Adidas’s Stan Smith shoes. This is that cool meets sophisticated pair that numerous other brands have drawn inspiration from over the years, but none of them are quite as amazing as the original ones. Originally created in the ‘70s, these tennis shoes remain an iconic part of the footwear universe.

There is nothing that needs to be said about them in order to convince you that you need them in your life.
Just the sight of them gives you an abundance of ideas of different outfits they would complement impeccably, so save yourself the time of thinking it over and go and get a pair already.


The twist

Cyclist in orange with Puma Suede.
Photo by MR JACK ALEXANDER

When a gentleman wants something that brings the comfort and support of a sneaker, but doesn’t want to look ‘overly sporty’, it is time to turn to the Puma Suede Classic shoes.

The collar is foam-padded for additional comfort, but they still remain classy and even if you work at a place that frowns upon sneakers at the office, the suede will fool everyone into thinking this is a perfectly suitable work-shoe.


The icon

A row of Jordan Air shoes
Photo by MR HERMES RIVERA

If you thought the list could ever be complete without Nike Air Jordan 1 Retro High sneakers, you would be in the wrong.

Come on, these are a cult classic, and you should own them even if you were too young to remember Michael Jordan. Of course, the original ones may be a bit too pricey for most wallets, not to mention almost impossible to find, but homage can always be paid with one of the contemporary models, such as Jordan Fly Unlimited that come at a more than affordable price.

Peter Minkoff

Peter is a men’s lifestyle writer at HighStyleLife magazine and a freelance menswear fashion stylist from Brisbane, Australia.

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