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What’s the Deal with Fancy Sneakers?

  • Kempt Staff
What’s the Deal with Fancy Sneakers?

The fancying-up of the humble sneaker has been happening for some time now. First it was haute fashion brands putting studs and wings on them. And then a few loving homages. But now it seems brands aren’t even trying to disguise the fact that they’re making the same shoes, nearly stitch-for-stitch, as the non-fancy ones we’ve been wearing since childhood.

It’s getting pretty blatant, and we’re here to take a stand...

The Stat Sheet: Epaulet Tennis Shoes

  • Kempt Staff

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Epaulet has been on a real tear lately. What started as a well-appointed menswear shop on a sleepy Brooklyn block selling Aldens next to Japanese selvage has turned into a bona fide menswear label with an ever-growing line of oxfords, chinos, suits and even leather café racer jackets.

The latest: minimalist calfskin sneakers based on 1960s tennis shoes. And like everything they make in-house, the attention to detail is high.

Here’s what else you need to know.»

These Are Your Pre-Summer Must-Haves

  • Kempt Staff

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Really, it’s closer than you might think. But we’re not there yet. (We’re still about a month out from white bucks and sundress season.) Though, with spring rains giving way to warmer sunnier days—we promise—it’s time to start easing into the summer spirit.

Which is why we’d like to direct your attention to our leftmost column—where we’ve refreshed our seasonal crop of must-haves for this warm-but-not-yet-hot time of year we’ve dubbed “pre-summer.”

Here’s everything you need right now...

Go Beyond the White Canvas Sneaker This Spring

  • Najib Benouar

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Now that you’ve made the all-important seasonal footwear shift, it’s time to start thinking about your canvas sneakers.

You may have noticed over the past weekend: you weren’t the only person wearing a pair of white canvas sneakers—or “plimsolls” to the Anglophiles—not by a long shot. Hence, it might be time to start considering a pair cut from a different, more colorful cloth.

Herewith, the seven not-white cotton sneakers to consider for spring...»

The Sneakers You’ll Be Wearing This Spring... and Fall

  • Caitlin Ganswindt

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We’ve seen the future of your footwear, and it’s right here. The gents over at The Hill-side took us through their upcoming spring/fall collections and, aside from the standout selvedge indigo covert stripe they’re using just about everywhere, the real star is their new sneaker collection.

It’s the first time they’re delving into footwear independently and they’ve done a stellar job—sourcing materials and construction from the best of Japan. They’ve got low-tops hitting the shelves for spring, and a range of high-tops and chukkas coming for fall ’14.

Take a peek at some of our favorites after the jump.»

The Appraisal: Suits with Sneakers

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Some things are best left to the professionals.

Like wearing jorts. Or casual-ing up your daily suit-and-tie routine with some sneakers. Today, we discuss the latter.

A staple of haphazardly dapper rebellion long before modern menswear editors brought it to the mainstream, the suit-sneaker combo is not, in fact, a recent development. (Check out the guy on the right in this iconic image if you don’t believe us.) And when perfected, it’s a look that oozes nonchalant cool. But attempting it (and succeeding) can prove a weighty endeavor for even the most seasoned sartorial veteran...

So before attempting this not-so-easy-footed roguishness on your own, we demand you ask yourself the five following questions:»

Wearing Summer Fabrics on Your Feet

  • Najib Benouar

Summer Shoes

By this time of year, white canvas sneakers are thick on the ground.

And while we’re fans of the simple, utilitarian pleasures of the common plimsoll, they’re nearing their saturation point—meaning, it’s about time you started venturing into the even summerier depths of footwear. Madras. Linen. Seersucker. Swimsuit material. All proven summer fabrics that have found their way onto shoes, so we rounded up your best options.

Your summer footwear, beyond the white canvas sneaker.»

Head to Toe: Red, White and Blue

  • Najib Benouar

Red, White and Blue

The Fourth of July is so close, we can nearly taste it.

And we’ve always been of the mind that when it comes to dressing for the most patriotic day of the year, you’ve got permission to get loud. Therefore, to fully commit to the spirit of the day, we’ve rounded up your finest options for donning an all red, white and blue kit—made entirely in the good old US of A, naturally.

Herewith, your guide to dressing for the Fourth of July.»

Kempt Digs: Todd Snyder Gets into Sneakers

  • Kempt Staff

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We’ve been tracking the meteoric rise of menswear’s all-around stand-up guy, Todd Snyder, and his eponymous label for the past couple years now.

And here’s proof, once again, that the guy can do no wrong: his new line of sneakers (in collaboration with Kempt summer-footwear favorite, SeaVees) has just launched.

They’re the sort of rubber-bottomed, city-to-beach weekenders that are right on time for the warmer months to come—and they’re a little more #menswear than your average cotton sneaker. Case in point: the navy pair have a herringbone weave that looks a lot like your favorite tweed blazer. Our favorites have to be high-tops, with a Chuck-like silhouette and Japanese twill upper.

Check them out, along with the rest of the collection, after the jump.»

Your New Warm-Weather Footwear

  • Najib Benouar

Warm-Weather Footwear

In the way of warm-weather footwear, you won’t do much better than the classic canvas sneaker—known as the plimsoll to the real heads.

But sometimes you want to be even lighter on your feet. And for that, you’re going to have to go mesh.

Luckily, Clae has just unveiled the Bruce—their latest citified sneaker, which keeps the time-honored look of the plimsoll but replaces the cotton upper with an even more breathable mesh, resulting in a shoe that’s beach-ready and a definite step up from wearing sandals around town (oh, the horror). We’re declaring them our favorite shoe for summer... well, as of today.

Get a look at the other colors, including a tempting tan-and-navy combo, after the jump.»