THE BEST SUMMER SNEAKER

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The GrandPro from Cole Haan is one kick-ass summer shoe. The type of sneaker you can island hop in the Aegean without missing a thumping beat. It’s so incredibly light, yet so chic and luxe, you can literally take it anywhere. Guys dig versatility and this shoe has it all – super high tech at just 8.8 ounces, smooth leather & suede detailing, and classic silhouette that pairs with anything stashed away in your favorite worn leather weekender.

 

Our styling tip? Go sock-less, with lightweight slim khakis rolled up at the bottom, paired with white v-neck tee up top. Add a baller watch, a nautical inspired bracelet, and order up that next bottle of ice cold cava.

$130, available at Cole Haan

TIMBERLAND ASCENDING

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We love a good success story here at Style Ledger, especially when it involves a storied New England brand like Timberland. Best known for their highly functional footwear and iconic boots, their line-up of first rate outdoor inspired clothing is what’s now turning heads.

 

After just a few minutes on their website, you’ll notice that the outerwear is incredibly well designed. It was hard to pick a favorite, but the Mt. Hayes jacket shown above in charcoal is sharp, versatile and well priced. The shearling lining adds a ranch jacket ruggedness, while the fitted silhouette keeps it city appropriate.  The Mt. Hayes jacket, $185, available at Timberland

ONITSUKA TIGER FOR J.CREW

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Another winning collaboration over at J.Crew: the reissued Onitsuka Tiger Colorado 85. Perfect “classic gravel” color scheme, low profile running shoe silhouette, and off white sole with a bit of heft. Despite being just-released, a few sizes are already long gone, so act quick. $95, available at J.Crew

THE CLASSIC FROM CALIFORNIA

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Ok so in addition to being one of the most chill shoes on the planet, lets talk about the price the “Authentic” by Vans: $45. For that you can buy every color, and there are 20 beauties to choose from. The simple low top silhouette can roll in any direction, from casual lakeside, to stuffy club house. Featuring a durable canvas upper, metal eyelets, Vans flag label and Vans original waffle 0utsole. $45, available at Vans.

NIKE INTERNATIONALIST

 

Absolutely love this shoe. The “Internationalist” – ideal for hopping on the EuroRail with nothing but a backpack and passport. What’s unique about them, besides the air tight “black/midnight fog/wolf gray” color scheme, is the slightly higher upper, making them well trained for the winter season, when navigating city streets involves hurdling an icy puddle or two. $80, available at Nike.

KNOW THIS BRAND: PAJAR

Pajar is a Montreal-based company that has been manufacturing well made shoes and boots for five generations. It makes sense then, that company based that far north knows a thing or two about winter boots. The “Basel” is no exception as it has it all: black and red color scheme, rugged sole and wool lining for extra warmth. The kind of boots that will match up with anything in your winter wardrobe. Pajar Basel in black, $165, available at Pajar.

VASQUE SUNDOWNER HIKING BOOTS

 

The fall season is an ideal time for escaping to the mountains and having proper footwear is essential. I’ve owned the same pair of hiking boots since college, the Sundowner from Vasque. They are incredibly durable as you can replace the Vibram soles after years of wear and tear, while the leather only improves with age. They also have an appealing old school aesthetic that runs counter to the hi-tech tricked out boots currently on the market. $189, available at Amazon.

VANS FOR J.CREW

 

The design team at J. Crew has a real knack for taking classic styles and reinventing them with just the right amount of love. The end product retains what made it cool in the first place, while quickly becoming the next hot thing. Take these canvas sneakers by legendary brand Vans: updated in new custom colors, washed for a vintage look then finished with hiking boot laces for a one-of-a-kind shoe. Not bad for $60. Available at J.Crew.

 

 

SUMMERTIME KICKS

Remember when Crocs had the lightweight rubber shoe game cornered? Images of chef Mario Batali zooming around the West Village on a Vespa in bright orange Crocs were a bit of head scratcher. Then you tried them on, and instantly forgave the less-then-desirable designs. Native Shoes has since redefined the category by combining that same incredibly comfortable foam resin comfort, with killer styles. Take the “Jefferson” shown above, it looks a bit like a classic Jack Purcell, but without the laces, and can be slipped on and worn as easily as a flip flop. Try em, you won’t look back.  The Jefferson, $47, available at Native.

 

ADIDAS STAN SMITH 40th ANNIVERSARY

 

Hear from the man himself, Stan Smith, as he talks about the iconic shoe that bears his name. Forty years ago, in 1973, Adidas debuted a simple, classic tennis shoe that would go onto greatness. $75, available at Adidas.

 

 

APRIL KICKS

You can’t go wrong with any of the sharp colorways from the iconic Stan Smith line of sneakers from Adidas, but we’re feeling red for spring. When paired with navy denim and a white or gray v-neck tee, there’s a laid back, All-American sportswear vibe that’s just right for warm weekend afternoons. $75, available at Adidas.

SAINT LAURENT VS. AIR JORDAN 1

 

Saint Laurent’s supremely talented designer Hedi Slimane must be a huge Michael Jordan fan, because that’s clearly where the inspiration for his SL “Court” high tops came from. The sneaker has a very similar look and feel, and shares the same colorways, available in black & red, or black & blue. The biggest difference? The price tag – $570 for the SL’s, $140 for the Jordan’s – just good luck finding a pair, they’re hard to come by.

 

CLASSIC WHITE

Par down and simplify with a basic tee and classic white accessories. Armani Exchange makes one of the best v-neck tee shirts out there, with the perfect fit: the sleeve length falls to middle of the bicep, the v doesn’t plunge too far, and it’s fitted on the sides. Get it in both light gray and white. $25 available at Armani Exchange. As the tee is cheap, you can spend more on your kicks – the “Achilles” by Common Projects is the best of the bunch. Streamlined and subtle, in a matte white leather, $410, available at Mr. Porter. And finally, an off-white, cream colored corded belt keeps the look relaxed and summer appropriate. $85, available at Gant.

SPRING FRESH

If you had to choose one sneaker for this upcoming spring and summer, the CVO Striper from Sperry would be a fine choice. The rugged upper canvas is water resistant and easy to clean, while the no-slip grip sole is ideal for navigating rough seas, or simply running after errant kids. Best paired with khakis or dark jeans and a white classic tee. $60, available at Sperry.

NIKE FLYKNIT LUNAR 2

After the smashing success of the Flyknit Lunar 1 last year, Nike is set to release the next edition, the Lunar 2. The upper gets a slight redesign, while the bottom sole has been completely updated and looks extremely promising in terms of comfort and functionality. The Lunar 2 is set to release February 6th on Nike.com, starting at $160. And if that’s not enough, there’s also a Nike ID option. We went ahead and created our own Style Ledger version of the Lunar 2 above, in case you need a little inspiration. The neon color ways just aren’t for us.

NEW BALANCE: MADE IN THE USA

 

An up close, no-frills look at a New Balance factory in action. New Balance has 5 factories employing 1,300 workers all in New England: Boston, MA, Lawrence, MA, Skowhegan, ME, Norridgewock, ME and Norway, ME.

LUXE SNEAKERS

There was a time not too long ago when jeans were jeans, tee shirts were tees, and sneakers, well, they were simple and basic, and cheap. Today, not so much; denim costs more than a sport jacket, and every luxury brand makes expensive designer sneakers. Take this military-inspired style from Valentino as an example, combining leather, suede, canvas and camouflage they certainly make a statement. Whether that cache warrants the price is another matter entirely. $745, available at Nordstrom.

 

RED WING FOR J.CREW

The Wabasha boot by Red Wing is about as good as you can get when it comes to rugged fall footwear. Entirely hand crafted in Maine, it’s made with a sturdy Vibram sole and distressed leather that gets better with age. It will look right at home on a trail head, but has enough restraint to pair up nicely with corduroy trousers and a tweed sport jacket – for treks to the office. $320, available at J.Crew.

ISLAND SLIPPER

 

Perhaps the best flip-flop out there, Island Slipper, made in Hawaii. So good they’re referred to as “slippers,” and deservedly so. Gray Blue Island Slipper, $65, available at Steven Alan.

JACK PURCELL

As summer sneakers go, there really isn’t a more iconic style than the Jack Purcell by Converse. Purcell was a legendary tennis and badminton ace who helped design this shoe for his court game in 1935. The epitome of timeless style. These kicks are ideal for cruising around town, riding a bike, wearing with shorts or khakis and no socks. The versatile canvas is lightweight and will hold up well against water and sand.  $60, available at Converse.

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