You can never go wrong with a pair of Chuck Taylors in traditional black. (Converse)
Shopping for shoes – some guys love it, some hate it and some still let mom buy them. Even if you’re not the biggest fashion enthusiast or if you just plain dread the intimidating factor of a shoe-filled wall staring at you, it’s got to be done.
With the overwhelming amount of shoes released weekly, and each one released in a range of colors, some find it quite difficult to keep up with the current styles and trends. And, to be honest, lime green- and highlighter orange-colored shoes are not for everyone.
So if you’re going shopping this week – or maybe mom asked you what color shoes you would like this time – here’s a list of a few shoes that will never go out of style (in no particular order).
Chuck Taylors: Because this is arguably one of the most iconic shoes ever made, that’s why. Since 1917, “Chucks,” as some call them, have stayed virtually identical since the day they were released. With the exception of the rubber toe guard and the “All Star” logo on the ankles, this shoe has stuck to its roots of a rubber sole and canvas top. Although this shoe is now being produced in hundreds of designs and colors, you can never go wrong with the traditional black pair.
Vans Canvas Authentic: This Southern California skateboarding shoe has made its way onto hundreds of thousands of feet across the globe in about 40 years. Today, this shoe is not only a skateboarding shoe but also a casual shoe that – thanks to its simplicity – has been paired with suits and ties to be worn on some of the most eminent red carpet events. Thankfully the skateboarding world and its shoes haven’t yet fully jumped on the neon-colored-dipped-shoe-train (Yes, that’s a thing.) – and has continued to produce neutral colored shoes like Vans. So if you want a shoe that makes you feel in line with California culture, you should go with a navy-colored pair.
Adidas Superstar: If you’ve ever seen a hip-hop video from the ’90s, this shoe is most likely on the foot of every rapper in the music video. Usually this shoe can be found in all white, but if you aren’t the cleanest person or just don’t care about keeping them clean, you don’t have to worry because Adidas solved that for you. This shoe can also be found in a black model that’s emblazoned with the legendary three white stripes on its side that defines who the company is. My favorite feature of this shoe is the classic, shell-shaped toe box that stands out among any shoe that I’ve ever owned. This shoe is my favorite Adidas-produced sneaker due to its all-around significance and style among hip-hop culture, as well as its ability to be worn by the average joe. Finally, the only reason that really matters is that you can play Run DMC‘s “My Adidas” song whenever you wear them.