Kicks

To commemorate Kanye’s new sneaker launch, today I will talk about kicks. Get excited.

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.

My sister called me a high school girl when she saw me wearing these ( img src )

My sister called me a high school girl when she saw me wearing these (img src)

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. 

I’m curious

I’m a fan of Nike running shoes in the around-a-hundred-dollars range. Not the gaudy looking ones though - a strict diet of monochrome works well to keep the style factor on point.

I made these on NikeID, but I'm sure you can find yourself a gray pair

I made these on NikeID, but I'm sure you can find yourself a gray pair

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.

So diverse it's the shoe version of a college admissions pamphlet ( img src )

So diverse it's the shoe version of a college admissions pamphlet (img src)

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.

LOL

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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.