11 Classic Kicks you can’t go wrong with

I was chatting with my neighbor the other day and asked him what he did for a living. He said he sold Yeezys. For those who haven’t heard, Yeezys are Kanye West’s line of footwear by Adidas.

Although Yeezys are not a classic, for the guy who can spend over $300 on a pair of shoes and wants something trendy, it could be a good option. All this talk about Yeezys, prompted me to write this blog.

I got thinking of previous guys I dated who showed up wearing horrible tennis shoes. After asking about 30 girls their opinion on guys and shoes, because let’s be honest, girls have very real opinions on all shoes, especially the ones their guys wear, I came up a list of shoes that most girls like to see on guys. The list is in no particular order.

  1. Vans Old Skool (blue and black – super hot) – This California classic skate shoe was one of the first to bare the iconic side stripe. Casual with an edge – love this shoe! It’s very sexy. Especially with a hot pair of jeans and white tee. Personally, this is my favorite.
  2. Vans authentic – is an  iconic low top, lace up with their signature side flag label.
  3. Nike Air Jordan – Even though the NBA tried banning this shoe because it wasn’t in the traditional black and white color – Michael Jordan wore them anyway, received a $5000 fine per game and took Nike from being a struggling shoe company in 1984 to one of the top brands in shoes.
  4. Converse Chuck Taylor, low and high – dress them down, dress them up, they don’t break your budget.  We wore them as kids, we wear them as adults – easy but not yeezy.
  5. Adidas Superstar – When introduced, it was the first low-top basketball shoe to have an all-leather upper and the current rubber shell-toe.  With the rubber toe protection and non-marking sole (girls will love you for this on their kitchen floor) it soon became a favorite of NBA players. Now this 3 stripe classic is on sidewalks everywhere. Best worn in black with white stripes or white with black stripes.
  6. Adidas Stan Smith – In 1963 Adidas came out with the first leather tennis shoe. In 1971 the shoes was named Stan Smith after the world Tennis champion of that year. The shoes has 3 rows of perforations on the side, replacing the traditional stripes. The Stan Smith shoe we know best is the version with bright green accents. Selling over 40 million pairs, this shoe is a great choice for the guy who wants to wear a white shoe.
  7. Puma Suede – Available in a variety of great colors this shoe is a great alternative to canvas. It adds a nice pop to a low key jeans and tee outfit. Keeping it simple with a splash of color is key.
  8. Nike – Whether you’re rockin’ an Air, Flyknit, Zoom, Free or LunarEclipse  you can’t go wrong.
  9. Timberlands – Classic Timerlands.  Not a look you see much on west coast guys, but I think every guy on the east coast owns a pair.  With over 40 years on the shelves, Timbs are still a forever classic seen from construction sites to city streets to runway.Girls love this masculine look on guys.  Note: It’s a given that Timberlands look better when they aren’t tied tightly around your foot. Wear them loose!The classic 6” boots come with 7 eyelets.  If you’re going for the loose look, undo the factory lacing and replace it. Skip every other eyelet, which will mean stopping at the topmost eyelet. Check out celebrity Timberland guys: Mark Wahlberg, Ben Affleck, Kanye West, Jake Gyllenhaal, the list goes on!In fact after seeing J-Lo, Gigi Hadid and Rhianna wearing Timberlands, I may get a pair myself!
  10. LL Bean Duck original duck boot – This original boot was made in Maine since 1912.  Made in America! Something to be said for that. These boots were designed by LL Bean himself. Signature waterproof boots sewn one pair at a time. The most popular length is the 8” and again, untied with an Eastland knot. Below is country boy, Jake McKeown.  I think Jake does a great job with this you tube video explaining How to tie your LL Bean boots. https://youtu.be/v1ztWUNac2k
  11. Sperry’s – In 1935 the Sperry Topsider was the original American boat shoe. It was designed by sailor Paul Sperry who slipped on his dock and fell overboard. Paul was fascinated that his cocker spaniel, Prince, never slipped. The grooves and cracks on the bottom of Prince’s paws inspired Sperry to develop the non-slip boat shoe by cutting grooved patterns into the soles. Topsiders aren’t just for boaters. The shoe is now a favorite among Preppies and seen all over New England and the east coast.
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