Simple casual style: shades, t-shirt and a crispy pair of PF Flyers Sumfun Lo’s. Slimmer than Chuck Taylor’s & available in an array of cool tones with matching laces. The Sumfun Lo is a pure laid-back classic.
The mellower product collabs are the good ones. Kevin Smith makes cool movies, like Clerks, Mall Rats, and Chasing Amy. Etnies makes cool shoes for skateboarding & hanging out. Multiply these two characters and you have the Kevin Smith x Etnies collection. Some casual kicks logo’d down with IDs from Smith’s flicks. No big deal…but definitely dope even if you’re not “Schmokin weed, drinkin’ beeaz …”
How often do you read “Made in Africa” on a label? The answer is not often. The export of raw materials to other countries is the general trend in Africa, but the guys at Sawa are taking one small step to change things by keeping it all on the continent. Sawa Shoes are made in Africa using only African materials…and that’s fresh. So are the kicks.
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Inspired by the 1977 Nike Wimbledon, this updated shoe is classic on the outside, tech on the inside. The Nike Air Rally is a clean, low-profile tennis shoe – packed with the Air Royal midsole for comfort. Low key adult styling, but built for play. The Air Rally comes in a number of colorways and treatments. This variation features a perforated swoosh, metal eyelets & contrast leather heel guard.
Fresh kicks – essential as the air we breathe. These striped jams come from hipster-approved upstart brand StampD’ LA. Built off the mandatory low-pro vulc sole with a full suede upper - in navy stripe - detailed with a leather heel accent…they’re cool like a summer breeze.
Your life may not include running Hanalei Bay Beach in Kauai, but at least your feet will enjoy the experience. OluKai’s Kia’i Trainers include quick-drying air mesh, anti-microbial Dri-Lex lining, easy-off lace toggle & a durable, suede and sheet rubber toecap and heel-stay. A little toe-comfort, while navigating the rain-drenched streets after this summer’s soaker.
LA-based, Generic Surplus manufacturers some beautiful, classic, casual shoes. Can’t you picture them strewn by the back door… slightly dirty, a little ripped up, but so well-worn they could never hit the trash can? They have a story all their own. Summer personified.
I’ve had these for a few weeks now. Albeit a bit…bright, they are amazingly lightweight, fit like a glove and provide just-enough support to keep my pronating-feet happy. Complete with the proprietary New Balance laces, they are the perfect compliment to any athletic shoe collection. I wonder if that neon-mesh glows…I’ll take ‘em out for a night-run and get back to you on it.
Think for a moment. You buy a new pair of sneakers. They come tissue wrapped in a heavy-weight cardboard box. The cashier takes the box & stashes it in a plastic bag. You go home, pull the shoes out & discard everything (hopefully) in a recycle bin. See a problem? Puma did – and fixed it.
Bad-ass sneakers in Salt Lake? You heard it right. Utah-based, Zuriick borrows fast design in street wear & gives it their own signature styling. A little Mormon-edge to the classic sneaker.