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11 sneakers your feet would like to kick it with now

Whether you live on Flexington Avenue and you’re buried in Excel all day or you’re pulling clopening shifts and your Tumblr gets more attention than your iMessages, you’ve got some extra dough burning in your pocket and your feet could use some love. I know you do!

So, where are my coins going this month? Not on a big fat date or a weekend away. Fashion over function!!!!—ing in social settings, man! Behold, my almost reasonable list of sneakers that I’ve got my eye on instead of 2-for-1 apps and bullshit cocktails from a hip new bar with a subpar Tinder fling.

 

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Above: Adidas Stan Smith Original silver sneakers
Details: This style is back and everywhere. Stand out with the matte metallic version. $$

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Above: Balenciaga “Arena” sneakers
Details: These are rad. And expensive. Don’t pay rent this month. Buy these. $$$$

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Above: Nike Air Max 90 Ice City sneaker
Spoiler alert: I already purchased these and have since been stopped several times. Last week a dude wanted to BUY THEM OFF MY FEET. I declined because tetanus. $$$

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Above: Camper low sneaker
Details: Also available in black, and very on sale. You know Camper is super comfy, right? $$

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Above: New Balance sneakers for mall walking
Details:  All the comfort, every comfort. $$

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Above: Bottega Veneta “Intrecciato” slip-ons
Spoiler alert: I can’t afford these shoes. $$$$$

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Above: Classic Vans slip-on sneakers
Details: If you couldn’t get your hands on the Engineered Garments collab, well now you can because these are basically it. $

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Above: Nordstrom “Novato” sneaker
Details: I own a few pairs of Nordstrom house brand shoes and they’ve always held up well. This sneaker seems to be their first foray into athletic kicks too. $

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Above: Nike Roshe Run sneakers
Details: Pillows on your feet, pillows on your feet. $

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 10.31.29 PMAbove: Leopard lace-up Vans sneakers
Details: Very acceptable way to wear leopard. $

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Above: Patagonia signature mountain outline sneaker
Details: Not mad at Patagonia’s debut into the stylish sneaker game. As always, the retro touch is appreciated. $$

BONUS ROUND: While writing this post, I tore 3-5 ligaments in my right ankle. Yes, while I was blogging I tore something. –Nah, I was trying out for a club volleyball team in the city and landed on it to the most extreme level of vigorous activity (aka spiking the ball in all of it’s glory)…during warm-ups.  And so here I am watching Gossip Girl season 2 with my moon boot shopping for sneakers to break-up once my foot fuses into a tree trunk with all of the ice packs that I have layered on thick.

Warm weather wares: yours for the aping.

Let’s get you squared away for what to wear this summer. My favorite items that I know and love are featured below and are yours for the aping.

1st look) Why isn’t there a new Brand New album? Dude, I have no clue. Let the sadness continue with all black, just trim your toe nails and don’t cut them like talons. That’s gross.

2nd look) Are those old pennies in your pocket or are you just a toddler? Take a note from your nephew. Sneakers, striped tee and grey shorts. Get on it. You’ve got all of these things REMEMBER!

3rd look) What are these WASPy friends for anyway? White denim club. You’ve got a pair. And your chambray shirt is always on tune year round!

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Tops: Basic black tee ($80) by Rag & Bone, Striped tee ($88) by Steven AlanIndigo madras shirt ($58) by Gant Rugger.

Bottoms: Grey twill shorts ($95) by Save Khaki, Sureshot chino ($99) by Zanerobe, Thin Finn white denim ($168) by Nudie Jeans.

Shoes: “Arizona” slides ($98) by Birkenstocks, Cotu classic sneakers ($68) by Superga, Linen espadrilles ($52) by Soludos.

Whenever I pack for a weekend trip 20 minutes before I leave the house, I throw in a denim or chambray shirt, white denim, a stripe tee, black tee, black denim, and a pair of Soludos (still got my pair from last year!). Take a look at what I wore two springs ago (right here) or see what I was playing around late last summer  (not much has changed, tbh.)

6 black tees (or TTTTTT)

Got Wang taste but a Hanes budget?

Dude, I understand. I got you. No sweat. These tees won’t show it either.

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L to R: Angled hem ($28) by Urban Outfitters, Crewneck ($15) by Everlane, Drop-tail rounded neck ($28) by Urban Outfitters.

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Viscose ($10) by American Apparel, Wide-neck ($18) by Urban Outfitters, Le Big ($30) by American Apparel.

Different cuts, fits, necklines and fabrications give the old Hanes a break. I personally dig the Viscose one from American Apparel right now. It’s very lightweight and has a good hang to it. Plus, it’s on sale. And while you’re at it, pick up two.

–Do you have any favorite tees that aren’t under shirts?

INTRODUCING: THE COLLECTIVE QUARTERLY

Collective Quarterly — Issue Ø: Marfa from Collective Quarterly on Vimeo.

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I’d like to introduce you to what I’ve been working on for the past year of my life: The Collective Quarterly. Simply put, it’s a lifestyle print magazine that journeys to one city per issue and reveals how art and goods are made there. We meet characters on the ground and tell their stories, but we also take our own team and watch them create unique products. In our first issue, we went to Marfa, Texas, where we slept in teepees in the desert, met a saloon keeper with an eyepatch, and almost got stuck overnight in Mexico. Every page is also fully scannable with your smartphone. So, if you see something you like, we’ve made it very easy to obtain. But it’s more than a magazine; it’s an attempt to connect with cities and people who are living well. One thing I carry with me throughout my projects is the worry that the real message will be missed—that people will be distracted by the clothes, or the booze, or the food—and miss the larger point: that all of these things, while delightful, are mediums for human connection. In Marfa, we found the inspiration to make some products you may be interested in. Pre-orders are now available, so if you like what you see, be the first to snag these while they last.

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Faribault Woolen Mill x Collective Quarterly “Marfa” Blanket

backpack

Faribault Woolen Mill x Duluth Pack “Scoutmaster” Laptop Bag

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Collective Quarterly “Marfa” Turquoise BraceletvestFaribault Woolen Mill x Fischer Clothing Vest

One last thing I should say: I wouldn’t have found myself involved in this project if it weren’t for the Midwestyle. Through some stroke of good luck, my partners Jesse Lenz and Jay Gullion came across this site and liked it. Eventually we began talking via Instagram, they decided that I’d be a bearable fit for the magazine. And for that, I’m forever grateful.

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