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Go Beyond the White Canvas Sneaker This Spring

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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...»

Helena Christensen Has Saved You a Seat

The Warm Season: A guide to the world’s crewneck sweatshirts. It’s not just for training boxers anymore. [Valet]

The Starched Front: A few thick shirts to see you through winter. We’re especially fond of the L.L.Bean chamois. [Wax Wane]

The Shoes of Summer: Vans founder James Van Doren gets a fitting send-off from Esquire’s Mark Mikin. [Esquire]

“I Did Not Enlist”: In honor of the History Channel’s latest Vietnam doc, the Trad talks shop with a former squad leader. Fascinating stuff. [The Trad]

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Swag

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As morally unimpeachable bloggers, we’re usually above the base temptations of swag. But these raincoat-vinyl Vans may be the exception. These were sent along from New York’s MacBar in a perfect mac-and-cheese yellow, and we’re a little surprised no one thought of it before. A low-top galosh sneaker is pretty much perfect for casual raingear—and canvas was getting a little played out anyway. Say hello to our new favorite pair of Vans.

Kempt Man of the Hour: Julian Schnabel

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*Photographed by our fearless lensman, Patrick McMullan.*

Yes, we know what you're thinking: *What the hell is he doing here?* Certainly no-one in their right mind would call larger-than-life art world provocateur Julian Schnabel well dressed, but you've got to admit he's got a lot of style—inimitable and even unenviable as it might be. When he first started wearing pajamas in public we were more than a bit skeptical; but when he threw some cashmere on top we started to see the light.

He not only *owns* this look (like anyone else wanted it), but he's really making the mad genius thing work.

John + Liz, Sabbatini's Skull and More

Vans for Spring

President Bartlett: Claiborne's men's line has a new designer. [CNN Money]

Plastic Fantastic: For the cost of a decent steak, Britons can pick up a full polyester suit. We'll have the steak, thanks. [Metro UK]

Bogey: With a skull on his belt, Rory Sabbatini joins the rare club headed by Greg Norman. [Magnificent Bastard]

Color Theory: A rainbow of Vans for Spring. [Kitsune Noir]

Cold Feet: Boots to keep your toes from freezing. [The Moment]

Class War: Wealthy guys who date celebrities. [Ledger Pop Journal]