Only a small minority of people will be impressed by sneaker collecting. In fact, if you are already into sneaker collecting, go ahead and skip this post. However, if you aren’t, sneakers is one of those topics that’s interesting to know about since most people, you know, wear shoes. You can learn about the industry and culture by listening to this Planet Money podcast or reading this FiveThirtyEight post, then regret not buying enough sneakers to pawn to buy your first apartment.
Let’s be real, though. You’re here because it’s easier than doing your own research and developing your own taste. It’s okay. Here's a short HTSI guide on sneakers by budget:
Let’s not get too crazy
Not into it, you say? Let’s get started with the basic. It’s not even plural, because I’m only talking about one.
The Vans Authentic in white. Here’s a short list of why owning a pair of these is a good idea:
They go with everything
They probably cost less than your last date
You can get a matching pair for your kid(s)
Plus, they look as good new as they do beat up. Sometimes ordinary works.
You can also wear these with anything. Low key enough that it doesn’t look like you gave up, comfortable enough to still sprint to the bus stop. I also think your feet will stink less thanks to the breathability. Runners up in this category: Reebok Questions, because nothing better than looking like Allen Iverson circa 1997.
Okay, I’m in
So you are considering luxury now huh? At this point, there are some great options.
A lot of people like the Achilles from Common Projects - minimalist sneakers made from super nice leather and cost a couple hundred. These shoes become really comfortable over time, which is nice. Plus, apparently Kanye wears them. You might also think about Wings + Horns or Diemme sneakers in this price range.
So Kid Cudi designed these for/with Giuseppe Zanotti. I would get these if I had literally nothing better to do with my money than burn it. They run just short of a grand, if you were curious.