It was my birthday last week, yep Happy Birthday to me! So my friend wanted to treat me to a pair of trainers because its summer and she has never seen me in a pair. I’m all for gifts but when you are someone who shudders at the thought of a nice pair of ‘Nikeys’ you sort of have trouble finding something that will work for you. So after a good week of deliberating and maybe an hour trying multiple pairs on I found the perfect pair.
So this is my guide and sort of backhanded-reasoning that trainers are not always required for your summer look! (I do love my trainers though, thanks Kim)
Meet Grenson these guys have been one of the most celebrated British shoe makers for decades, creating shoes for all, from the every day man, military during the war, Gentlemen and even Royalty! Grenson was the first shoemaker to use the Goodyear-welted construction technique. This is the ‘Archie’ model, with its contrasting rubber wedge sole, that gets our attention.
This is quite the contemporary update, the style holds on to all the details of a classic brogue but great for a Summer smart look.
Available at Grenson, priced £250.
Dressed Up Trainers
Asics Millionaire’s Row Pack
Its easy to wear and a classic name, these soft bouncy soles and trendy uppers are Inspired by the seersucker suits of the spectators at the Kentucky Derby (and their residences in millionaire’s row) the latest rendition of the GEL-Lyte III and GEL-Respector models take their cue from “the most exciting two minutes in sport”.
Both silhouettes feature seersucker uppers accented with a terry cloth sock liner, as well as an off-white midsole and laces. A smart alternative to the ubiquitous all-white summer trainer.
Available at Footpatrol, priced £105.
Birkenstock Mayari Cross Strap Sandal
Many guys have the classic Sandal fear, will you look stupid? Only if you pick the wrong pair for your style, but the classic Birkenstock has ben around since the 1960s. And for good reason; the cork sole is flexible and the straps minimalist, but effective. Unlike your yoga teacher’s favourite sandals, the Mayari’s straps wrap around your big toe. Which keeps your look from veering too classic.
n.p added benefit- they mould to the shape of your food after a few wears making them tres comfy
Available at Birkenstock, priced £59.95.
Dune Barracuda Square Toed Leather Boat Shoe
No man can go wrong with a simple pair of brown leather boat shoes in their wardrobe, and this pair by Dune are a versatile, match-with-everything option.
The flat rubber sole pushes this shoe slightly into trainer territory, while the stitched moc-toe and interwoven laced detailing brings things back to the original design.
Swap out your trainers for these this summer and you’ll barely notice the difference. Pair them up with shorts, white shirt and throw over a sweater and convince people you have some style and substance.
Available at Dune, priced £69.
This ones my favourite (purely because I own a pair). If you’re a man that likes to take risks then this one is for you!! Dr Martens ‘Hawley’ Archive Monk Strap Creepers. A homage to Psychobilly and Punk culture. Dr Martens borrows from a Vintage 1950s Creeper silhouette. The addition of a Retro Giraffe Hair-On panel compliments the smooth black leather and creates that cool Rockabilly vibe. The Retro Monk Strap and pointed Mod Winklepicker style toe finishes the Creeper off in style. Stand out footwear to put some Retro 1950s style in your Indie ensemble. No longer available at Dr Martens itself you can still get it online HOORAY!
Available from Atom Retro priced £124.99
After the struggle I went with the extra bouncy Asics Gel series in light grey. Incredibly happy with my choice, I guess I wont have to buy another pair for a long time.Obviously you all have taste and probably find trainers to match your style a lot easier than me but use this as a rough guide to some alternatives.
Thank the Lord.
Photographs: Nicholas Policarpo