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The sneaker game has never been stronger. Men everywhere are kicking off their loafers and derby’s in exchange for a fresh pair of kicks. And if you’re currently in the market for new ones, the struggle to find the perfect pair is real. You’ve got high-end brands like Lanvin, Margiela, and Giuseppe Zanotti that can cost you well over a grand! Are they worth it? Not really. These fashion sneaks look slick now, but by next year, they’ll out, considered ugly and lame. Better to stick with these following brands as they’re solid sneaker staples that’ll never ever ever go out of style…
Adidas Stan Smith
When it comes to plain and simple white sneaks, you can’t get anymore plain and simple than the shoe named after famed tennis player Stan Smith. First debuting in 1971, Stan’s have been rocked religiously on the feet on many a sporty dude for 45 years straight.
Converse Chuck Taylor
You know you’re a classic when you’ve been around – and unchanged – since 1917. The original black-and-white Chuck Taylor All-Stars will always be in because they’re not only simple, as well as comfortable, but they go with a variety of outfits that allow you to dress them up as much as you dress them down.
Nike Air Max 1
The first signature sneak designed by legendary Nike designer, Tinker Hatfield, these Air Max’s introduced in 1987 are the staple Nike. The patented air bubble in the sole once took some getting used to, but now, is what makes the sneaker such an icon.
Vans Old Skool
The original skate shoes released in 1977, Vans are now rocked on the feet of not just skaters – but virtually everyone who wants an alternate to the classic Cons.
While the classic white is not as popular as the Stan Smiths, seeing a bit of a downswing in sales in recent years, the classic of classic Reeboks is back and as popular as ever. It’s the gum sole that keeps it looking like a classic staple without making it look like a shoe for those who wear orthotics.
The Adidas Superstar started out as a basketball shoe, but once Run DMC rocked them – making them a permanent part of their outfit – they climbed to legendary-never-go-out-of-style-status. Today’s rappers, such as Kanye and Pharell are keeping the Run DMC tradition alive and well.
Considered the godfather of running shoes, the Onitsuka Tiger was used by Nike as the original template for which all other Nike’s were made. Besides their simplicity, the best thing about these kicks are that their signature stripes come in an assortment of different colors, making them perfect for mixing and matching with whatever you wear.
New Balance 574
White sneaks are not for everyone. They dirty easy and pop from an outfit a bit too much. So if you’re like some that like your kicks a bit more on the subtle side, the classic grey New Balance 574’s are the perfect pair – and – the most comfortable.
Margiela Army Trainers
The classic German Army Trainer which was used on the feet of well, German army soldiers, has been replicated by many a brands, such as Adidas. But the most lux pair using the finest of leathers, rubber gum soles, and made in Italy is by Maison Margiela. If you can’t help but to go high-end on your sneaks, as well as going high-end in price (roughly $600 a pair), then these sneaks are the perfect pair that’ll never go out of style
Common Projects Achilles Low
What makes a pair of sneakers a classic? Well, quite simply – its simplicity. And none are more simple than a pair of Common Projects Achilles Low. They’re all white from heel-to-toe, and because of the quality of the leather, age to perfection just like a fine wine.