See Now, Buy Now: Throw On These Vans Authentic Sneakers For Classic Summer Style

The coolest summer sneakers are yours for the taking.

How crucial is it at this juncture of the summer that you’re still wearing some of the best sneakers for men? Put simply, it’s still very, very critical indeed.  The dog days of summer are well and truly upon us, and if you’re not dressed the right way in summer style essentials (say, with lightweight chinos and your favorite slub polo up top, and the best sneakers down below), then you’re going to start feeling it — instantly. Make no mistake, we’ve talked about how to wear chukka boots during the summer months as well, but the Vans Anaheim Factory Authentic Sneakers shown here are assuredly the way to go the rest of the time (or, most of the  time!).These classic sneakers pay homage to the original Vans factory in Anaheim (where they originally went by the No. 44 Deck Shoe), and they celebrate the brand’s longevity, too.

Heck, you’ve probably had a pair of Vans sneakers in your wardrobe since … middle school? High school? Guilty as charged here. You see, you can’t put a premium on the best sneakers for summer — they tend to work with everything, they offer up classic, casual style in spades, and they’re perfect for throwing on at a moment’s notice. Hence, the Vans Authentic Sneakers you see above — talk about a classic pair of sneakers for summer, am I right?

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Low-profile casual sneakers to wear through plenty of summer’s remaining days.

Still with me on this? Good. The best men’s sneakers to buy right now, as you’ve probably gathered, are affordable, durable and made to go just about anywhere. For me, the coolest thing about Vans sneakers is probably the stories you can tell as you wear them more and more each summer — the more beat-up they get (within reason!), the better these classic casual sneakers look.  You know the drill with Vans — you get a laidback, low-profile silhouette, a tough textile upper and the brand’s signature rubber waffle outsole. These are all huge positives in my book. And in terms of style points, these Vans Authentic Sneakers deliver — that’s the case whether you wear them with your favorite chambray shirt and olive chinos, or the best summer shorts and a classic white tee. From there, it’s up to you where you go — the Vans Anaheim Factory Authentic Sneakers are with you every step of the way. If you plan to buy them, reach out to me on Twitter.

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Style Pick of the Week: GREATS Royale Knit Sneakers

Sleek, stylish and highly affordable sneakers shown here.

Despite being cooped up inside more than usual these past few weeks, perhaps your mind has inevitably started drifting toward what you’d  be doing if you weren’t self-isolating or working from home through this ongoing pandemic. It’s a scary situation, to  be sure, and it might seem frivolous to talk about the best men’s sneakers, but I assure you … there might not actually be a better time to kick back, relax and read all about the new sneakers you need now. That’s assuredly the case whether you’re spending time in your backyard, taking a solitary stroll or looking to step into something other than slippers as you dress to work from home. So, here we are: The GREATS Royale Knit Sneakers could quite possibly be the perfect casual sneakers for spring, and I’m going to tell you exactly why in just a matter of moments. *Moments pass* OK folks, we’re back. If you read the blog regularly(dating back to its early days, certainly!), you know that Brooklyn-based GREATS has done things a little differently since launching back in the early 2010s. That little something different? Premium materials, effortlessly cool silhouettes (like the GREATS Royale Knit!) and quality construction that won’t break the bank — far from it, in fact.
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GREATS does things the right way — even the little things.

But in all seriousness, what sets the GREATS Royale Knit apart from the pack, truly? Is it the sleek and easy-to-wear silhouette — one that you can almost certainly pair with slim light wash denim or your favorite chinos in equal measure? Is it the use of a lightweight knit upper — one crafted from recycled ocean and single-use plastics? Or is it the fact that these stylish sneakers provide so much bang for your buck? Perhaps it’s a combination of all three of those key qualities, and then a little bit extra GREATS magic thrown in. As we mentioned, this is one pair of affordable spring sneakers — just $118 at GREATS, in fact. Incredibly, they’re machine-washable and able to air-dry — that means you can wear them absolutely all day long without worrying about what you’re getting into; it’ll all wash off at the end of the day. When’s the last time you had a pair of stylish spring sneakers that could do that? We’d wager it’s been quite some time. So, there’s no more time to waste right now — you need to upgrade your sneaker rotation immediately, and you need to do it with the GREATS Royale Knit. Let me know what think of these on Twitter.

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Style Pick of the Week: SeaVees Huntington Middie High-Top Sneakers

Easygoing sneakers to wear all spring.

Maybe in your neck of the woods, it’s starting to warm up ever so slightly — and with the hint of a spring breeze comes the need to swap in some of the best men’s sneakers for just about any seasonal style pursuits you can possibly dream up. On that note, please welcome to the stage: The SeaVees Huntington Middie, and they’re quite possibly some of the best men’s high-top sneakers to slide onto your feet this season (and of course, into summer). These classic high-top sneakers have been a favorite of this very blog over the years, and we’re bringing them back into the fold today for good reason: You simply need to start wearing easygoing spring sneakers right now in place of rugged leather boots (at least some of the time, that is). The right spring sneakers, especially from a brand like SeaVees (which helped pioneer California cool via unique styles of the 1960’s) can evoke a sense of time and place, and in the case of the SeaVees Huntington Middie, they call to mind spring barbecues, sunlit days in the park, easygoing days on the patio at your favorite brewery … and plenty more. Even if you’re dealing with more rain than sunshine at the moment, I promise you that warmer days are ahead, and when they get there, you won’t find a finer pair of classic spring sneakers for the moment than the SeaVees Huntington Middie. That’s high praise, but the brand can back it up.

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One of three classic colorways in which you’ll find the SeaVees Huntington Middie.

These sneakers blend the best of both worlds — a cut that’s similar to classic chukka boots or high-top sneakers, yet the lightweight look and feel of timeless SeaVees sneakers.  The suede upper is supple and pretty perfect for spring, as these should be easy to slip into right out of the box. That versatility from day one means you can (and should) team them with your favorite spring style essentials — take slim light wash jeans, a classic white tee & stylish shades, then add the SeaVees Huntington Middie & call it good to go. These are the sort of easygoing sneakers you can get away with taking for a spin at the office, too — team them up with a classic Oxford shirt & tan chinos, maybe add an unstructured cotton blazer … there it is. All the while, you can rest easy knowing that these affordable sneakers also happen to be durable and stylish at the same time. Get with the program, get the SeaVees Huntington Middie, then get ready for spring.

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Style Pick of the Week: New Movements Model NM Sneakers

Meet some of the best new sneakers you can get your … feet … on this season.

It’s official — the above New Movements sneakers are part of a quickly growing crop of new menswear essentials you can get your hands (or feet) on this season, and that’s a fact. The New Movements Model NM Sneakers are some of the best men’s sneakers to buy right now, and it’s all thanks to the unique design & silhouette, sure to shake up your footwear rotation just in time for the end of summer and the start of (early) fall. If you shop the digital pages at Huckberry, it’s no secret that the lauded menswear retailer puts an emphasis on gear that’s both style-forward and sustainable — these New Movements sneakers fit the bill quite nicely in that regard. But something that’s a little less well-known? Portugal is a hotbed for great footwear at the moment, and that’s where the New Movements Model NM Sneakers are made. What makes these so special? Let’s start with the fact that the outsole is made from recycled tires — sustainable through and through. We also mentioned the silhouette — these sneakers are bold enough to make a statement, thanks to the thicker, rippled outsole. Yet, these aren’t fashion-adjacent “ugly sneakers” in the slightest — the New Movements Model NM Sneakers are sleek & versatile, for starters.

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One of four highly versatile colors in which you can buy these stylish men’s sneakers.

And again, that sleek design and versatile approach is exactly what you should be looking for when searching for the best sneakers for men — particularly as we close out summer and move into early fall. On that note, these stylish sneakers can do it all, from that last summer BBQ (paired with chino shorts and your favorite T-shirt), all the way through to a visit to your favorite brewery (denim jacket & black jeans on lock). The Italian leather upper also gives them an air of business casual readiness; try any colorway of these New Movements sneakers with tan chinos, a white Oxford shirt and a navy blazer. What could be more important than all of those qualities? Why, the sustainability quotient we mentioned earlier. On that note, New Movements excels — the purchase of a pair of New Movements sneakers means that the brand will pledge to remove a kilogram of microplastics from the world’s oceans. Plus, as mentioned above, the use of recycled and all-natural materials can’t be beat. Yes indeed, these New Movements sneakers are going to carry you from summer into fall — with ease and style, at that.

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See Now, Buy Now: These New Rancourt & Co. Carson Sneakers are An Everyday Essential

A new take on the classic leather sneaker silhouette.

Still on the hunt for critical end-of-summer gear via our See Now, Buy Now series here on the blog? Good thing, then — we’ve got exactly what you need in store today. Crucially, we’ll tell you all about a must-have pair of the best men’s sneakers, and one crafted with exceptional care and attention to detail right in the United States — the Rancourt & Co. Carson Low just so happen to be that pair, in fact. These stylish leather sneakers are so much more than a typically minimal pair of sneakers — they’re packed with substance and character, and they’re the perfect sneakers to wear as summer heads toward Labor Day. Does that sound like a lot of hyperbole? Perhaps, but again … the Rancourt & Co. Carson Low Sneakers are truly one-of-a-kind. We’ve talked in the past about Rancourt & Co. on the site, particularly about the brand’s rugged, made-in-Maine leather boots, and you can rest assured that this particular pair of kicks live up to the Rancourt name more than ably.

SHOP: The Rancourt & Co. Carson Low

These handsome leather sneakers are precisely the kind of pair you’d expect to be sold as a Huckberry exclusive, given their rugged styling potential and use of materials like rich bison leather from Maine’s own Tasman Tannery. The Rancourt & Co. Carson Low also feature construction that’s more akin to your favorite pair of boots, thanks to the Vibram Strighton outsole, solid brass eyelets and a soft leather lining. That rich craftsmanship also lends them an air of versatility — you can wear them with dark blue denim, a classic Oxford shirt and a navy cotton blazer to the office this month, then keep ’em handy to pair up with a rugged crewneck sweater and tan chinos come early fall. Indeed, these are some of the best men’s sneakers you can find — but you’d best act quickly, seeing as they’re sellilng pretty fast.

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Style Pick of the Week: SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Sneakers

Timeless and ready to be broken in, those are the SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Standard for you.

If you’re trying to hang onto the last handful of weeks of summer — not to rush things,  though — then the best men’s sneakers are exactly what the doctor ordered. To be more specific, those sneakers just happen to be the quick-selling SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Sneakers, a fine pair of classic kicks to add to your rotation. We’ve talked often on the blog about SeaVees sneakers, a reliably timeless brand that  delivers from spring through summer & beyond, and the SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Sneakers are among a dozen or so fine options from the brand that’ll set apart many a summer ensemble. The Hermosa Plimsoll in particular stands out from a crowded sneaker market for the simple fact that it’s straightforward, subtly stylish, and worth wearing with just about anything. And perhaps the real kicker? You can pick up the SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Sneakers for just $78 at Huckberry — how crucial is that for the rest of summer? VERY crucial — it means you can beat ’em up a bit without worry. Simply put, these are the sneakers to take you from late July into August, past Labor Day & even into early October (just pair them with indigo denim and a classic chambray shirt, for instance).

SHOP: The SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Sneakers

The timeless, simple summer sneakers you’ll want on your feet all the time.

The SeaVees Hermosa Plimsoll Sneakers are a play on a fitting moment in time given that the brand celebrates California cool — they pay homage to the first-ever skateboarding competition held back in August 1963. They’re suitably breezy in that regard, made with brushed linen for summer-friendly texture and breathability, whether you pair ’em up with slim chino shorts and a classic navy polo or a slub tee and slim light wash denim. The fact that they’re also lined in brushed chambray makes them nice and easy on your feet (A pro tip: Get a great foot powder, or else wear some stylish no-show socks). These are the definition of grab-and-go sneakers, and should be worn everywhere from a summer BBQ to a brewery tour to the boardwalk (and the beach! Just slip ’em off). For under $80, they’re a downright steal when it comes to classic men’s sneakers, and there’s no denying they’ll be a fine option to carry you through the end of summer — that’s a fact.

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See Now, Buy Now: The Alvin Sneakers from Unmarked are the Perfect Sneakers to Wear to the Office

The sleek leather sneakers to wear to the office this summer.

There’s a right way to dress for the office, and there’s a wrong way — increasingly, dressing for the office can mean putting on something like a new pair of the best men’s sneakers (seriously). And in the case of today’s See Now, Buy Now entry, that means the Unmarked Alvin Sneakers are the way to go, a pleasingly minimal pair of sneakers to wear with a classic cotton blazer and slim light wash denim for a casual Friday. But why these stylish leather sneakers and not a standard canvas pair? Why this brand, too? I’ve got (at least) some of the answers, my friend. Namely, the richly crafted Unmarked Alvin Sneakers get all the details right, from the handmade construction (done in Mexico, home of some of the best footwear production around) to the slim profile. In fact, the design of the Unmarked Alvin Sneakers comes to us courtesy of vintage Italian military trainers — a perfect design cue for today’s menswear world.
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An office-ready pair of sneakers, no doubt about it.

And that vintage-inspired design is actually what makes the Unmarked Alvin Sneakers a pair of sneakers you can wear to the office — they’re classic and not ostentatious, perfect for wearing with a navy polo and slim tan chinos. In fact, that same versatility means you can utilize the sneakers on the weekend with olive chinos and your favorite T-shirt — that’s all you need to head out and grab a few brews with your buddies, really. The handsome Maple leather upper is durable and should age nicely over time, while the 360-degre stitched rubber outsole also provides comfort and durability. What’s not to love about the Unmarked Alvin Sneakers? Give ’em a spin and see for yourself.

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Style Pick of the Week: Huckberry Vintage Trainers

Winter is a surprisingly great time to buy stylish sneakers — find out why.

Shop Faherty BrandNow, the featured #menswear pick in today’s post — the excellent Huckberry Vintage Trainers — might surprise you a bit. After all, we’re in the depths of winter, so why am I recommending you buy a pair of the best men’s sneakers? It’s simple: When you find a great deal on any type of style essentials, no matter what, you should go for it (provided you can financially, of course!). And in this case, the Huckberry Vintage Trainers are assuredly one of the best pairs of men’s sneakers to buy now, then keep close by come spring and summer. And if you live in a more temperate climate? Well, you’re in luck, because the Huckberry Vintage Trainers can be worn darn near every day of the week … starting right now. It’s refreshing and exciting to see the great team at Huckberry continue to churn out excellent new footwear, and the Huckberry Vintage Trainers — based on an old vintage Italian military sneaker — are just the latest in that very stylish line.

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So, here are the goods on the very cool, very stylish Huckberry Vintage Trainers. Long story short: There are only 100 pairs of the Huckberry Vintage Trainers kicking around, so you’ll want to act quickly. They’re also affordably priced at under $200 for the type of style and quality you’re getting, including the comfortable leather-lined interior and the use of premium suede and leather on the upper.

A low profile and a gum rubber sole make these an excellent sneaker purchase.

The clean design of the Huckberry Vintage Trainers is also to be applauded, from the noticeable lack of branding to the cool gum rubber sole. That sort of design means these sneakers are tailor-made to wear with a classic shawl cardigan, your favorite pair of faded denim, and a rugged henley for a winter coffee run. But the beauty of a classically designed pair of sneakers like the Huckberry Vintage Trainers is that they can work when you need to go a bit more tailored, too. Try out the Huckberry Vintage Trainers with a tan herringbone blazer, a classic chambray shirt and slim black denim at the office on a more casual day, or pair them with a tailored wool suit and that same chambray shirt for a mix of high-low style. Add a refined leather watch and perhaps a classic peacoat, then call it good. Keep in mind, folks, that’s just how you can wear them during the winter months! You’ll want to keep them handy to pair with slim shorts and a stylish graphic tee on many a spring weekend, too. But for now, your first priority should be snapping up a pair of the Huckberry Vintage Trainers before somebody else does. Hop to it!

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See Now, Buy Now: The Victory Sportswear Classic Runner Is Your New Must-Have Sneaker

A retro-inspired pair of runners that manage to look decidedly modern nonetheless.

If you don’t have a pair of the best sneakers for men in your closet — or on your feet — by now, what are you thinking? That’s a blunt question, of course, but the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners are thankfully here to solve any sneaker shopping woes you might be experiencing this spring and summer. There’s a wave of retro sneaker inspiration sweeping the menswear world at the moment, mainly focused on chunky sneakers made by designer brands, sneakers that are meant to look, well … ugly. Thankfully, the Classic Runners aren’t a designer set of sneakers, nor are they ugly. They’re just an affordable pair of spring and summer sneakers that can be worn darn near any way you please in the months ahead. They’ve got handmade, New England pedigree — similar to sneakers from fellow Style Guide favorite Rancourt & Co. — and they’ve got comfort, good looks and style to burn. All positives if you’re looking to round out your list of spring style essentials with a pair of classic men’s sneakers.

Quite simply, the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners are a must-have set of sneakers for the spring and summer, and all the fun you’re going to have out there. They’re a bit more visually interesting — actually, a lot more visually interesting — than classic white sneakers, so they’re a neat alternative if you want to switch up your sneaker game. And the specs are on point, too. The Victory Sportswear Classic Runners feature top-shelf pigskin suede, plus sporty mesh panels, for construction that’s refined and yet still laidback. Heck, even the outsole is made with carbon rubber — all the better for added durability as you wear the heck out of these sneakers. Oh, and that’s another positive — the Victory Sportswear Classic Runners feature styling potential that’s unlike any other set of kicks in your closet. Wear these with slim light wash jeans, a white henley and a military pilot watch for easygoing off-duty style. Then, turn right around and pair up the Classic Runners with a navy cotton blazer, dark denim and a grey pocket tee for classic, casual office style. Sneakers that work at the bar and in your cubicle? Sounds like exactly what you need for spring and summer.

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See Now, Buy Now: Get Sporty Fall Style With the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boot

Perfectly rugged and versatile sneakers (boots?) for fall — wear them with slim black or blue denim and a shawl-collar cardigan. Photo courtesy of Huckberry.

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t shelve your sneakers yet — the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots are a worthy addition to your closet as we roll through fall in rugged, yet sporty and versatile, style. Part boot and part sneaker, the Coronado Boots are an entirely unique offering that’s exclusive to our pals at Huckberry. Just as with last fall’s popular SeaVees x Huckberry Chukka, this limited-edition pair of kicks should certainly join any list of the best men’s footwear for fall. That’s just me, though. From season to season, the California cool of SeaVees shines through in new and innovative ways; from the brand’s classic plimsoll sneakers to more rugged and fall-friendly offerings like the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots, the brand continues to stick to its guns. And the results speak for themselves. The handsome and pleasingly rugged Coronado Boots chart some new territory for the brand, featuring a rich brown leather upper that’ll break in nicely and look positively stellar alongside your favorite pair of dark blue denim. Of course, the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots also channel a bit of sporty style more commonly found in retro-inspired high-top sneakers — a winner on both fronts.

And the Coronado Boots are lined with both leather and canvas for comfort and easy wearability. You should feel free to wear these guys just as you would a pair of classic leather high-top sneakers. The Chelsea silhouette is definitely an interesting design, but that shouldn’t stop you from pairing it with olive chinos and a rugged grey crewneck sweater. During your 9-to-5 grind, the Coronado Boots also work — try ’em on for size with slim black denim and an American-made Oxford for sporty, casual style. The SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots get better right down to the smallest possible details — the SeaVees herringbone pattern outsole offers grip and flexibility on slippery surfaces. The Coronado Boots are easy to slip on, and easy to style — from the office to your local pub to a farmer’s market on the weekend, you might have just found your new favorite pair of fall sneakers.

Are the SeaVees x Huckberry Coronado Boots something you’ll be buying this fall? How would you wear ’em?